Christ or Nothing

Perhaps in times past there was room for compromise. Now? I am not sure.

Abortion is now being called an acceptable form of self-defense. Motherhood is being called gestational work. Providing nutriment to the baby in the womb is now portrayed as a form of exploitation, where the evil baby is the aggressor in an act of violence against the helpless mother.

I am not making this up.

The money quote:

“We’re facing a really terrible attack on abortion. In the U.S. where I live, in Northern Ireland and elsewhere. In the past, the strategies that our side has tended to use have included a kind of ceding ground to our enemies. We tend to say that abortion is “Indeed very bad, but,” or we say “Luckily it’s not killing, luckily it’s just a health care right.” We have very little to lose at the moment when it comes to abortion and I’m interested in winning radically. I wonder if we could think about defending abortion as a right to stop doing gestational work.

“Abortion is, in my opinion, and I recognize how controversial this is, a form of killing. It is a form of killing that we need to be able to defend. I am not interested in where a human life starts to exist. I see the forms of making and unmaking each other as continuous processes. The other end of the spectrum is learning how to die well and hold each other and let each other go at the end of our lives, as well as at the beginning. But looking at the biology of the hemochorial placentation helps me think about the violence that, innocently, a fetus meets (sic) out vis-a-vis a gestator. That violence is an unacceptable violence for someone who doesn’t want to do gestational work. The violence that the gestator meets (sic) out to essentially go on strike or exit that workplace is an acceptable violence.”

My comment:

I am haunted by a sense that the End Times are nigh.

It is as if the battle lines are being drawn, and the No Man’s Land between Heaven and Hell is shrinking day by day, hour by hour. There will be no Switzerland in the next world war. Every soul is being forced to take a side.

I am shocked at how open Uncle Screwtape is being: we have apparently given the forces of evil reason to be confident enough, insolent enough, to drop all pretense. Meanwhile the hatred and contempt toward all that is normal and wholesome and healthy grows and grows.

The room for compromise, for mutual toleration, the possibility of ambiguity, all are narrowing, shrinking, vanishing. Everyone not for Christ is against Him.

Sanity vanishes. Now madness reigns.

I am old enough to remember a time when one could have a rational conversation with a Liberal. There were people who had rejected God, but who had not rejected love of truth or thirst for justice.

They had some sort of argument to make based on some sort of facts, framed in a shared moral view.

Those days are gone. Anyone who defines being a mammal as being a victim of violence in order to justify a mom murdering her innocent baby is beyond the reach of rational conversation.

Now they have nothing. They believe in nothing.

The reject the notion of truth: all is narrative. They reject logic: reasoning is patriarchy. They reject morality: only vice is virtuous. They reject love, preferring adultery and homosex. They reject life, preferring aborticide, euthanasia. They reject beauty: see any modern art museum. They reject liberty, preferring totalitarianism. They reject civilization, preferring barbarism. They reject happiness. They reject God.

What is left?