You know, I grew up absolutely convinced we were in the End Times. I watched the news and watched the culture, and I saw the world gradually getting worse and worse. I studied the “prophecies” intensely: Catholic apparitions (verified and alleged), Protestant interpretations of Scripture, secular/pagan predictions, etc.
We should all know about Leo XIII’s vision regarding the twentieth century. THe 2000 election gave me hope that America was on the right track. Events over the past 8 years, worldwide, had me thinking things were gonna change for the better.
Now, it’s 2008. What do we have?
A guy whose beliefs can only be legitmitely characterized as “New Age” is elected President of the United States. He has strong personal and ideological ties to Communism and Islam.
A party that hates marriage and the family gets an almost opposition-free majority of legislative and executive power in Washington in and in most states. Members of that party have said that pro-life speech “is the first Amendment gone too far,” taht opposition speech on the radio “should be treated like porno,” and that pro-lifers are “divisive” and enemies of “unity.”
Meanwhile, let’s remember that the previous president has spent four years undermining the Bill of Rights, justifying torture and fighting a “war to eliminate terrorism.”
Then look at the fact that, the previous president before him identified the “pro-life” movement as the “#1 terrorist threat” in America.
Voters aged 18-30 voted overwhelmingly for the new president.
As a 31 year old who teaches college, I am shocked at the “sea change” that has happened with the views of our young people. The students I teach–not much younger than I am–seem a world away from me. THey have no sense of culture, no sense of tradition or values. They are living in isolated little worlds of Ipods and blogs. They are drowned in an ocean of opinions. Talk to them about culture, even pop culture,and they don’t even know about stuff from the 1980s, much less the 1880s or 1780s or 800s.
They have all been brainwashed by the schools and colleges and the mainstream media.
C. S. Lewis said that the dilemma of Christians of his generation was fighting relativism. From 33 AD to 1900, Christians could cry, “Repent! For the kingdom of God is at hand!” “Jesus saves!” And people heard that message because they knew they had something to repent from, to be saved from.
Today, as Phil Vischer puts it on his blog, polls show most young Americans think “Christianity” means “homophobia,” the way most Americans think “conservative” means “racist.”
The world has moved beyond relativism, but it has adopted a new, inverted “natural law”: dignity means suicide; choice means abortion; people who support traditional marriage are “perverts”; homosexuality is considered a noble “lifestyle.” . . .
Internationally, there are only a few countries where abortion is still illegal. Those countries are receiving constant and increasing pressure from the “international community.”
When you get a country that goes all the way, like the Philippines, and outlaws contraception, it takes tons of heat from the “international community” and the media.
Throughout the history of the Church, we’ve had good times and bad times. But, until now, we’ve always been in ascendancy.
But, everywhere I look, I see Christianity in decline. I see that most people have been innoculated to Christianity’s message.