Monday, July 3, 2017

Do the Ends Justify the Means?

The cover of a "Christian Grindcore" CD.
My readers will know by now that I am a harsh critic of Modernity and all that pertains to it. Recently I had a personal realization of an area in which I had unwittingly fallen prey to one of the fallacious philosophical principles of Modernity; that of utilitarianism. What is utilitarianism? It is simply the belief that actions are deemed to be right or good if they benefit the individual or the majority. To some extent I had fallen victim to this error, and many others have as well. Allow me to explain.

In discussing the issue of music in the church, and then expanding that to the Christian music industry, I found myself defending forms of music that could only be described as chaotic, discordant, and reflective of the spirit of Modernity in sound, all because these were “Christian” bands and I had witnessed people converting at these concerts. Upon reflection (I actually woke up around 4:30 am thinking about it.), I realized that my position was inconsistent with the principles I hold dear. That is, the principles of order, beauty, and harmony that mark any real art, properly defined. This would, of course, include music. Therefore I am persuaded by eternal truth to reject those forms of “music”, despite their seeming effectiveness. It seems to me just as, if not more, plausible that God had acted on those individuals I witnessed converting despite the well meaning, but misguided efforts of the “Christian” band.

A thing is not good simply because it achieves a desired effect. It is only to be deemed good if it arises out of the characteristics of the divine. It is good if it conforms to God's expressed will for humanity, if it reflects the qualities of order, beauty, and harmony, and if it brings people to a knowledge of the Gospel. These are the qualifying marks of a good thing.

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
- Proverbs 14:12

When we look at the ideology of Cultural Marxism, what we see in all its ugliness is utilitarianism in action. Or when we study the formation and theology of a religious cult, we see utilitarianism in action. Utilitarianism is to blame, in part, for the atrocities committed by Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pot, and a host of other atheistic dictators throughout human history. We must, as faithful disciples of Christ, avoid the error of utilitarianism at all costs, lest we be led into Modernity unwittingly.

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