The Constitution of the United States, Article I, Section 9, paragraph 3 provides that: “No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law will be passed.”
Definition: A legislative act that singles out an individual or group for punishment without a trial.
Much can be said, and much has, about the condition our nation is in right now. It would not serve our purpose to enumerate all of the problems we are finding ourselves in at this present time—but they are staggering in magnitude. Overarching is the serious impairment of our collective psyche, which can be described as very anxious, unsettled, and certainly very pessimistic. We are worried, or should be, and with good reason.
What seems astonishing though, is the ease with which this has happened. After more than three months of adapting to a very regulated reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now discovering its mortality rate, transmission rate, and life-span is not as horrible we were first told. This much is generally accepted as fact: the virus was the product of laboratory engineering, and that the city of Wuhan, China appears to be ground-zero for the outbreak as early as November of last year. America, in terms of sheer numbers, took the brunt.
We willingly tolerated quarantines, business shutdowns, and accepting what is and isn’t an “essential” service. We still wear masks, observe “social distancing,” self-quarantine. We suffer work furloughs, layoffs, curfews, and closures of public common areas: beaches, parks, and churches. We have complied en masse. The worst statistics are without question centered in New York City, with more than five deaths for every 10,000 people. Yet, the plague is subsiding even there. When is it safe to return to what passes for normal? We don’t know. The State won’t tell us.
Then, on Memorial Day, George Floyd, a local Minneapolis black man, was apprehended by police after being accused of passing a counterfeit $20.00 bill at a local convenience store. While in custody, he was illegally restrained, and he died of asphyxiation and cardiac heart failure. He was 46. His pointless, horrible death is all the spark a psychologically abused community, and by extension a jittery nation needed to ignite. America is now immersed into yet another trauma. Protests take only a day to metastasize into rioting, looting, burning, violence and more killings. It is Kafkaesque, grotesque, hideous, and sadly, all too preventable.
It seems our souls have been kidnapped.
But the insult that is added to all of this injury is the scripted narrative that all white Americans, and in particular all policemen, are racists, and they need to admit it, apologize, and then completely go away. Is this how America will finally be taken down? America is being fundamentally transformed.
All this is ridiculous—a contrivance of staggering audacity. Claims of systemic racism by the police are not new, nor are they remotely warranted. But the venom; the sheer hysterical, astonishing amplitude of this version of mass propaganda is stunning. Predictably, no one dares to speak against it, because we are conditioned. We are a battered nation suffering the delusion that we somehow deserve this abuse of our collective intelligence. We are not victims because we deserve punishment. We are the offense against all black people, and we must apologize. Really? Why should we confess to something when we are not guilty?
- Yet you may ask, ’Why shouldn’t the son bear the iniquity of his father?’ Since the son has done what is just and right, carefully observing all My statutes, he will surely live. (Ezekiel 18:19)
The idea we would embrace collective guilt is the product of conditioning by adialectic. This insideous narrative has even crept into some churches, and found fertile soil to grow and metastasize. To understand why, Dr. Marlene McMillan explains it well in part two of worldviews of the fall. The modern form of dialectics is found in Communism:
- “Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.” ― Theodore Dalrymple (cultural critic, prison doctor, and psychiatrist)
We must preach against the lies and distortions in our culture—from the pulpit. We must encourage disengagement from the tyranny of social justice and political correctness, and proclaim liberty.
In the weeks and months before November 3, encourage, even insist, our Christian community registers to vote, and vote for the candidates and political party platforms that share or support these values: personal liberty, Constitutional rights, life in the womb, traditional marriage, law and order… and the truth.
And we must start now.