Every time there is a new atrocity in the news, there are calls for reform. Reform security measures. Reform gun laws. Reform the mental health system. Even if politicians had the courage to attempt any one of those, they would be like a surgeon using a band aid to close after open heart surgery. We have major problems, and these are all small symptom solutions.
“No other country has these things happen” we are told. If we only did what they did, this wouldn’t be a problem. The Swiss require everyone to own a gun. The British ban guns. Which should we choose? Security: do we want an Israeli model, or a Swedish one? The problem is not the need to adopt this or that law. Rather, we continue to insist black is white and up is down, and then wonder why our society can neither see clearly nor keep its balance.
My kids have attended public school at various times. I’ve been to the classes. I’ve seen what is taught. I’ve seen security theatre added at great expense to the school buildings. The problem is not with education, or security. Our nation is in a state of deep spiritual crisis. Policy changes around the edges will not fix it. And if anyone identifies the real problem, they are safely ignored because they are just a religious fundamentalist. Count me as one of those people.
The problem is evolution. Click to more rational websites if you want. Or maybe, hear me out.
Evolution teaches we are nothing more than cosmic accident. Survival of the fittest and all. In a Darwinist/Marxian society, government becomes oppressively communist. The people (who are weak) rise up against the leaders who are strong. They do this in order to survive we are told. But then, the oppressed become the oppressors. Millions perish. The twentieth century was the laboratory in which Darwinist/Marxian philosophy was applied to government. A few holdouts remain, but by and large, those systems fell after about 70 years. The Berlin Wall has now been down for longer than it was up.
Communism failed because it believed life was always a struggle against the elements, and against other people. Only the strong survive. And the strong always oppress the weak. The communists, once they were strong, oppressed the weak, until the weak finally rose up and overthrew them. They were victims of there own success. Recently, news stories have emerged about the communist authorities planned slaughter of their own people as the wall came down. It was the peaceful influence of the church that saved them. Since that time, life in former iron curtain nations has adopted many western reforms.
But Darwinism has another form. It still assumes there is no higher purpose in life than survival. But in a land of plenty, once you have enough to survive, you may as well just enjoy what you have while you can. Instead of life being nasty, brutish, and short, life is comfortable, pleasurable, and long. But it is just as meaningless. The United States escaped the horrors of communism, and instead turned to the horrors of hedonism.
Anything is possible. Don’t like the body you were given? Alter it – with hormone injections and surgery if necessary. Don’t like what reality throws at you? Alter it with medications. There are enough legal ones to bend reality (as long as you have health insurance) that the wealthy don’t need to turn to the illegal ones (especially in California or Colorado). Pregnant but don’t want to be? There is a solution, and it only requires us to turn away while a weaker, less fit human is dismembered and discarded. Don’t like your husband, wife, children, etc.? Walk away, start over somewhere else with someone more desirable. There is only the appetite.
But there is a cost for all of this disorder.
We teach children life has no purpose. No higher calling. Sacrifice is for the weak. And death is for the less fit. This is the philosophy which goes along with atheistic evolution as it is taught in our schools. I have seen students in biology classes as the teacher tells them life is purposeless. Their slumped shoulders and dead eyes are the stuff of nightmares. I wanted to stand up and scream, “Who are you to tell these children – full of the vigor of youth –their lives are meaningless!” Child abuse comes in many forms. But rarely has there been such a widespread and systemic attempt to perpetrate the abuse. It is not just the biology classes which act as stand ins for theology. And it is not just at the high schools. I have seen the policies enacted and the doctrines taught beginning in kindergarten.
The strong survive. They rise to the top. The less fit are merely grist for their mill. In the past we did not need anti-bullying programs. Those who stepped out of line were disciplined. Now, the strong protect their territory. They take it from the weak. Anti-bullying programs might have good points. But “less bullying” is not one of them. The children have learned their theology well. The strong survive. The weak are less fit. Take what you can.
By middle school, the course is set. Those who are leaders are encouraged to continue their bullying in a thousand small ways. Those who want to learn in school, to explore the world around them with the wonder of youth are told to sit down, keep quiet, fill out the requisite forms. In Florida, news reports have surfaced of a girl who was arrested, after her classmates threatened her if she didn’t put a note under the vice-principals door in which she threatened a massacre. Bullies take note – you can even get your victims arrested if you do things properly. When students complain they are being bullied, they are sent to the counselor. A teacher talks to the bully, suggesting he make better choices. But his choices have landed him on top. That is all there is. Why would he change? The behavior continues and intensifies.
Do what you want, as long as you can get away with it. Follow your dreams. You may as well, because death will claim you anyway. Eat, drink, be merry today; tomorrow we may die. And there is nothing beyond. No higher purpose. No deeper meaning. Nothing to which we should aspire as individuals, as a community, as a nation.
For three generations we have been indoctrinating our children with this theology of pointlessness. And they have learned. Anyone who objects is a religious nut, unfit for polite society. Professors who question it are banned. Pastors who crusade against it are politely ignored and laughed at. We are heading over an evolutionary cliff. But we are having such a pleasurable time riding along, no one wants to hit the brakes.
You can undermine a foundation for a time. The building looks just as it always has. But eventually the building collapses. It can be quite sudden. Historically, our nation is showing all the signs of late stage decay. The building may stand for a while more. But increasing polarization, a drugged up populace, laws enforced against citizens but not against the royals, mass atrocities, the decay of the family, the continuing insistence on abortion, the denial of such basic truths as male and female – no society in history has long endured with this many symptoms of disease.
They all trace back to the origin. If we are nothing more than cosmic accident, if life has no purpose except to survive and enjoy it while we can, then do what you can get away with. No one can tell you not to. There is no morality. There is nothing worth dying for, but there is also nothing worth living for.
It’s a bleak existence. For 90 years (since Scopes v. Tennesssee) religious folk have been laughed at for criticizing evolution. That’s a little bit longer than the iron curtain lasted. For 50 years (Epperson v. Arkansas) the Supreme Court has required that evolution be taught in the schools. That’s a few years less than the iron curtain. We might make it a few years more. But the foundations are badly crumbling. We can adopt new procedures, new laws for this or that. But until we admit the foundational truth that evolution is destroying us as a people, we are just preparing spackle for the eventual ruins.
Lincoln Winter is the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Wheatland WY. He enjoys hunting and hiking through God’s great creation. He recently published “Evolution: A Defense Against” (also available on Kindle). He blogs as the Country Parson at predigtamt.wordpress.com.