April 20, 2007

That 'Sky is Falling' Mentality

For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself. But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them. - Acts 5:38-39
I happened across a post on the 'net that describes the current earthly situation in desperately dark terms, and with good reason. God is not mocked, and so the apocalyptic tone is reasonable.

But it seems desperation isn't becoming in a Christian. A sense of urgency, sure. It's instructive that nowhere did the author, who was full of practical suggestions, mention prayer. Prayer can be seen as a given, and I'm guilty of that too, but I'm trying to amend that.

Prayer is not practical and often isn't fulfilling to the activist. It's a passive activity, it's allowing God to work, and most of us don't like that God works slowly. The "results" can't be measured and weighed and often doesn't visibly seem to be working (which, for the activist, is why it's not fulfilling).

Fifty years ago the whole "sky is falling" mentality could've been only minorly tweaked to apply to the evils of Soviet Communism. Again, rightly so. And yet God brought us out of that, via prayer (including prayer requested of us by Our Lady at Fatima - it's interesting that the requests at Fatima were devotional rather than activist in nature) and due to His giving us John Paul II.

With radTrads there often seems to be little recognition that no matter how dark things are, with God all things are possible. There seems to be a sense in which all is judged only by that which can be seen. (I'm the first person to say that I thought Soviet Communism would last forever and probably defeat the West, so I guess it takes someone who has a taste of the disease to recognize it elsewhere.)

I think also, in certain individuals there is a strain of hysteria that is ever seeking a target. Mark Steyn wrote a book about the death of Broadway before he took up the anti-jihadist cause. He is/was a natural Jeremiah. Death and decline invigorate him. That's not to say he's wrong. Or that he or others aren't doing "God's work". Someone has to sound the alarm and rally the troops and call for reform. But I do think there is a sort of inherent danger. Martin Luther was one who saw the darkness and decided he would do something about it. Pronto. Yet Luther himself would later admit that "the German people are seven times worse since the Reformation." (See this post comparing reform Luther-style versus St. Francis of Assisi-style.)

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