Saturday, 5 August 2017

Reading the Long Arc of Human History

The Trojan Horse, Packed With Transvestites

Jehu is at it again.  He has announced to the watching world that there is to be no room, no tolerance for trans-genderism in the US military.  A pet "achievement" of President Obama just bit the dust.

James Delingpole tells us why he thinks this is an important matter.
President Trump just did – again – what literally no other leader in the world is doing right now. He took a step towards saving Western Civilization.  I wish this were an exaggeration. I wish Western Civilization were so secure that it was quite beyond the power of the U.S. president or anyone else to shake or shore up its foundations.

The fact is, though, that Western Civilization is in the direst of trouble. We’re talking Last Days of the Roman Empire here. One of the reasons we know that Western Civilization is on its last legs is because of precisely the kind of cultural and intellectual decadence that gave us Obama’s rules on transgenders in the military, and which is also responsible for all that shrieking we’re hearing from liberals now about what a terrible thing Trump did to repeal that legislation.

No Trump did not do a terrible thing. He did the right thing. He did the only possible thing for anyone who still believes in truth, justice, social order, commonsense, decency, logic – and all the other values which have traditionally underpinned our culture and made us great.
Sadly, while we would wish Delingpole to be correct, in fact Western Civilisation died a long time ago.  We are merely observing the dismembering of its corpse.  What Trump has done viz a vis the US military will not "save" Western civilization.  It will just stave off its draining into the sewer for a time.  Why?  Because Western civilization was birthed and grew out of a Christianised Europe.  The religion came before the civilization.  The brute fact is that Trump's latest action, even if Delingpole were correct on its merits, will not restore the ramparts and the wall, let alone the foundations.  Without the foundation of a near universal submission to the Law of God and a belief in the sovereignty of King Jesus over all principalities and powers, Western civilization has no bedrock upon which it can be built, let alone maintained.

So, what Delingpole would today call conservative values, beliefs, and principles amount to nothing more than a bunch of inchoate whimsical ideas hanging from random sky-hooks.  And, to underscore the point, upon such fripperies and fancies no civilization can be built, let alone a Christian civilization.  And if Christian civilization is not possible, Western civilization will remain a distant memory.

But James Delingpole at least understands just how dire the present situation is, even if he fails to grasp the necessary pre-conditions of its remedy.
And this matters, it really does. Compare and contrast Trump’s fearless rejection of the transgender movement’s political agenda with the recent announcement by the UK Government’s Equalities Minister (!) Justine Greening that in future people in Britain should be free to decide their own “gender” regardless of medical opinion or what it says on their birth certificate.

As I argue in more detail here Greening’s move is the final nail in the coffin of the Conservative party in Britain. In the guise of “moving with the times” and “reaching out to the young” and “making marginalised minorities feel more comfortable in their skin” what it is in fact doing is rejecting one of the most basic tenets of Western Civilization. Indeed, it’s a flat out rejection of reality.

There are, needless to say, lots of other practical reasons why allowing people legally to decide their own gender is a terrible idea: the destructive effect on women’s sport; the constraints it will inevitably place on the freedom of speech of the many of us who, quite rightly, think this is an SJW bridge too far; the mind-warping effects it’s going to have on the impressionable children who no doubt are going to be exposed to this post-modern guff as part of their ‘education’.

But the worst thing of all, as far as I can see, is that it capriciously, irresponsibly and unnecessarily rejects one of the most basic truths of nature: that there are men and there are women; that we are identifiably different. For me this is one of those pivotal moments in the decline of western civilisation. The barbarians are at the gate and here’s Justine Greening pushing the doors wide open: ‘C’mon in guys, gals —or however you want to define yourselves! The city is all yours. Or is that zirs?’
The barbarians are not  at the gate.  They long ago entered via their Trojan horses and took control.

Christians know that in the long arc of human history the barbarians will not triumph, they will not succeed.  Why?  Because He who sits in the heavens laughs at them and will eventually destroy them in His righteous fury.  [Psalm 2]  In such times the duties and calling of Christians and the Church are abundantly clear.

On Christ the solid rock we stand
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

Our hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
We dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
We rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
Our anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support us in the whelming flood;
When all around our souls gives way,
He then is all our hope and stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may we then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

On Christ the solid rock we stand
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

This, and this alone, is the foundation of true human civilization.  Anything else will be washed away by the incoming tide.

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