One might also have expected that Christians would have been at the vanguard of recognizing, understanding, and resisting the immense evil that tore through the world in 2020 and continues to ravage the world today.
And by resisting, I do not mean running out into the streets fueled by revolutionary zeal, pitchforks firmly in hand. The resistance to which I refer happens primarily in the heart – in the perceptive discernment and rejection of evil, which then ignites a fiery hunger to push on with greater determination toward God and Creation.
And in cases where a Christian individual or institution succumbed to the immense demonic pressure that the spirit of non-existence and self-annihilation unleashed in 2020, well, one would have hoped such failure might lead to repentance – to the sincere acknowledgment of weakness, corruption, and sin – so that the weakness, corruption, and sin could be washed away instead of compounding the demonic pressure.
One would like to believe that Christians really do care about their salvation; that they would go to great lengths to defend it. More importantly, that they would use this defensive “from” position as a launching pad to aspire toward a glorious “for”. That they would not merely cower to protect themselves from evil but would courageously aim for the Good with increased devotion and ardor.
Because Christians believe in the existence and reality of the spiritual war, one would not have expected the leaderships of most Christian churches to side – willingly and fanatically – with the spirit of non-existence and self-annihilation when he declared the churches to be non-essential “services”. One could not have anticipated that most of the believers within these churches would so sheepishly obey the anti-Christian dictates and trustingly tolerate the oppressive abuses.
And now, more than two years later, one is dismayed to find many of the most intelligent and well-read defenders of the faith callously dismissing the spiritual substance, significance, and seriousness of 2020 via a seemingly endless stream of rationalization, justification, obfuscation, and denial.
One is discouraged to see the keenest Christian minds – steeped in centuries of precious tradition – resort to word games, strategic thinking, and self-deception whenever they are asked about the obvious evil that has been flooding the world since 2020.
One assumed that these Himalayas of the mind would have been among the first to recognize the point of 2020, but even if they missed it then, one holds out hope that they will eventually “get it” and stop flippantly dismissing it.
But most have dismissed the point.
So what’s the point?
There is still world enough and time to get the point, but that requires honesty and the right motivation.