He answered them, "When it is evening, you say, `It will be fair weather; for the sky is red.' And in the morning, `It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times."Michael Voris has another thought provoking Daily Vortex show today. Please watch it before reading my comments.
-- Matthew 16:2-3
Underlying what Michael V. is talking about is the idea of democracy beginning with the French Revolution and including our own American Revolution.
The principal "culture war" of that time was between monarchy and democracy. Or was it?
More and more I have come to the conclusion that this was the beginning of the present culture war between the secular state and the Church.
The european monarchies and the Church were intertwined. And so the attack on the monarchies was also an attack on the Church. The "religious freedom" of the American Constitution is a statement that no one religion should have a preeminent place in society which is protected and enforced by the state. But this is what the monarchies did for the Catholic Church.
The first strike against the ties between the Catholic Church and the state was the Protestant Revolution (a better word than "reformation" in my opinion). This led to rival monarchies in Europe, some of which supported the Protestants and some of which continued to support the Catholic Church. This was a major blow to the Catholic faith.
But the heaviest blow has been dealt by democracy and the accompanying false notion of religious freedom.
The model for monarchies is expressed in the Our Father, "Thy kingdom come ... on earth as it is in heaven." Christ is a king not an elected president. But no earthly king can pretend to stand in for Christ except in the case of the Pope which is not a "king" in the sense of a secular leader of a state, but a "pontiff" -- a bridge between the Church militant and the heavenly King.
As we have learned tyranny can take on many forms including the form of democracy. It is only when a nation follows the teachings of Christ that true freedom is found. It does not matter whether the government power is held by elected officials or appointed ones. What matters is whether they govern according to the will of God or according to the will of man.
We are headed towards a new form of dictatorship of secularism. This is a repeat of the original "Kulturkampf" or culture war led by Bismarck against the Catholic Church at the end of the 19th century. This was defeated by the Catholic Church under the direction of Pope Leo XIII.
Hitler later modeled his own culture war after that of Bismarck's -- embracing the same materialist and atheistic philosophies as Bismarck had. We see this happening again in the United States today. The same philosophies are at work which deny God and deny that man is made in the image of God. And so the inherent dignity of all human life is denied.
Abortion is the spiritual sign of our times. A nation that accepts abortion has lost all concept of God the creator and His only son Jesus Christ.
May God have mercy on us.