I think this relates to “Saturday,” as I said last week, the day when Christendom remembers that absolutely desolate feeling of being without the Christ who was just crucified and placed in His tomb.
It relates because just as the first Christians were without Christ on that day, so are today’s cultures largely without Christ. When a culture takes a giant step away from reason and truth, it gets desolation and confusion, barbaric violence and anarchy.
Before Western Civilization (that is, Christendom) there were centuries of barbarism. And now, post-Christendom, our Western Civilization was strong enough to imitate the values of Christendom without Christ for a while, but it’s reaching a Tipping Point now.
How? In what manner? How soon? I’ve looked at the idea of Tipping Points, read about them, observed them. It’s a complex arrangement of elements that waits for just the right circumstance – and when that last component comes into being – boom!
What was before is now gone.
The culture has tipped irrevocably into another existence altogether.
Not all changes are Tipping Points, of course, and not all Tipping Points are called by that name.
Sometimes we call them “bubbles, ” as though using a name for such a delicate ephemeral thing means it can’t hurt us. (Student loan bubble, currency bubble, debt bubble, derivatives bubbles, housing bubble . . .)
Statistics, statistics, statistics –
Statistics can show us some things, but it can’t tell us where on the graph we are – just that we’re getting close. BEFORE a Tipping Point s reached, it’s theoretically possible to pull back from the brink,. but I worry that it’s not likely.
Well, you get the idea; let me just give one example of a Tipping Point that is forming, but I don’t know what’s coming next. What’s forming, from historical human experience, are all the elements that will tip us over into a deadly, unfortunate, all-encompassing violent Revolution. All it will take is one surprising, unthinkable act of violence against, say, our president.
Celebrities, comedians, and the actors and actresses who read news scripts and give us their opinions in front of a camera have commonly and frequently called for the as^ sas sin nation of the president. It’s actually NOT funny and it’s not really “forgivable.”
How much of this can our society take?
The president has been in the crosshairs of the extreme left (the progressives, the radical democrats the socialists) for quite some time now.
Even before the inauguration, the leftists speculated and fantasized about his death. Even television “news” cable channels were having irresponsible discussions about “what would happen if (the president was dead and who woudl take over the government?” And to justify making such a suggestion, the leftists are speaking of “Trump Carnage” and predicting that Trump will cause the “extinction of mankind.” This is silly – but it has also successfully placed this vocabulary into the minds of rootless, unstable people.
Here are some of these unstable people acting out what they are hearing is now “possible,” acceptable behavior:
In recent news, shots were fired on Capitol Hill.
A day or two ago, a woman jumped over the fence around the White House.
Two secret service people took pictures of the president’s young son – while he was sleeping. (?)
A secret service person parked her car in a Brooklyn neighborhood, did not lock her door, and left her laptop inside as she walked away, so that it could be stolen. (?)
Another man jumped over the fence and was on the front porch of the White House for 16 minutes before anyone did anything. (? ) According to reports he lingered around , looked into windows, stopped to tie his shoes . . . .
How many fence jumpers have there been? Again, recent news – the alarm on the fence surrounding the White House had its sensors removed — by the secret service. (?) The alarm sensors had been removed!
An intruder was found inside Pres. Trump’s Florida home (at Mara-Lago. (?) There are numerous reports of air space violation over his home, planes and drones . . . .
There was a female secret service person who publicly stated that she would not defend the president, as is her first duty.
The secret service is not using its dogs anymore to help them secure the White House grounds.
What’s happening? How many “intruders” have tried to get into Trump Towers? how about the one who was found with a pistol inside there?
The narrative against the president is becoming increasingly outrageous. The Bill Maher popular celebrity: “It Looks Like Russia ‘Installed’ ‘Trump and His Crime Family’ ‘To Loot and Destroy America.”
That’s not funny, Mr. Comedian. That’s incendiary. That’s marginalizing and demonizing a man – justifying an extreme response in the minds of some, and it’s putting the president of the United States in jeopardy.
Given the daily all-pervasive violence Americans generally experience in their favorite television programs, local news programming, and careless office gossip, violence-as-a-solution is becoming less and less surprising, more and more commonplace.
It’s almost inevitable that we will reach some kind of Tipping Point.
And we can “cry over spilt milk” but we can’t put it back in the glass.
As a teacher with “experience,” as a mother with “experience,” as a historian with a lot of study under my belt, it seems to me that we might not be able to stop what we’ve started. Not enough of our society will return to the values that built UP civilization in order to prevent the complete pulling DOWN of this civilization.
Pessimistic? Yeah, well, there’s always hope. Right? No. Not on our own.
A Saturday without Christ; a Saturday with Jesus “dead and gone” into his Tomb: It could have turned out badly for the first Christians.
Not on our own can we save this culture.