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In my pastor’s sermon today, he talked about America being a pagan and post-Christian society. I certainly agree that we are in a post-Christian one, but “pagan” is not the right term.
Pagan societies, at least the ones we know about, have a few shared characteristics. They were self-perpetuating as societies; that is, they created an ethos that promoted families (even the ones that practiced child sacrifice and exposing infants still made sure they had enough children for a stable population), protected private property (don’t buy the “Native Americans didn’t understand land ownership” fraud), and inculcated respect for order, authority, and defending the tribe/polis/empire. They had, in other words, the virtues necessary to survive.
Moreover, they often practiced a great virtue in a multicultural society: tolerance. All peoples had gods and taboos; who was to say that one person’s gods were any less real than another’s? And adding another god to one’s person supernatural patrons hardly meant giving up one. Religious persecution and forcible conversion just weren’t concepts in a pagan world.
(Aside: one of my favorite anecdotes about Roman warfare was that before the Romans attacked a city, they had to perform a ceremony asking the gods of the city to abandon it and come over to the Roman side. That’s how seriously they took the concept of “there are gods everywhere, so don’t disrespect even the gods of your enemies.”)
What we see in modern leftism is a Christian heresy. Christian theology posits an Eden, a Fall, Original/Inherited Sin, Confession of Sin, Struggling in the Sinful World, and an Eschaton that returns the world to a sinless state. Marxist Wokism perverts this. Their Eden was a world where women ruled men (the myth of the matriarchy), all was shared in common (the myth of historical materialism), and no laws were needed (the myth of the noble savage). Into the Eden came the Fall where men subjugated women, created slaves and established unjust laws. Men, whites, and particularly white men are called out as being tainted with this original sin, as though females being protected by males is not a pattern of other apes and no other color of people have ever owned slaves. The only proper behavior for those carrying this sin is to confess their “privilege” and give up their possessions, hence the growing number of “anti-racism” struggle sessions and the demands of reparations by government check or theft/ tribute from white people. (e.g. the “protesters” demanding suburban whites give their homes away.) And once Marxist Wokism becomes established law and is the universal culture, a new Eden will emerge.
Marxist wokism is also similar to Christian heresies in how it provides no model for a workable society. Women are pressured to spend their fertile years gaining an education and establishing a career, poisoning themselves with hormones to become sterile and encouraged to kill any children that result. By the time they’re allowed to have children, their fertility is a fraction of what it was. The future belongs to the people who show up, and the last two Shakers should demonstrate that a society that doesn’t have kids eventually stops showing up.
The philosophy is also not compatible with long-term political or economic survival. Collectivist societies, from the first year of the Plymouth colony to the Soviet Union to Venezuela, inevitably collapse when working harder does not result in greater success. Collective political power without established rules and zealously maintained balances devolves into autocracy, from Rome to the Committee of Public Safety to the Politburo. And as can be seen in failed states across the world, when no respected authority enforces the laws, violent poverty is the result.
Just as Christianity seeks to create new people in Christ, Marxist Wokism too seeks to create new people. They will be like the New Soviet Man, only that the Soviet virtues of selflessness, education, discipline, and evangelical zeal in spreading the redeeming message of socialism are augmented with the ability to double-think axioms that “women should be treated equally to men, but should also get special benefits,” that “it’s wrong to judge people by the color of their skin, but all white people are racist,” that “I should not be judged by the actions of the people you group me with, but you should be judged by the actions of the people I group you with.” As a particular example of that last, look at how events where stores are vandalized and people are shot are described as “mostly peaceful” while all cops are assumed to be racist pigs based on the actions of a few.
Those double-think ideas also get to another aspect of Marxist Wokism’s heretical nature: it agrees with Christianity that there is such a thing as sin, but it denies that there can be any forgiveness. Those afflicted with whiteness and maleness must constantly beg forgiveness, but it will never be granted.
Finally, and the most concerning for Christians, Marxist Wokism shares Christianity’s certainty that its way is the only way. There is no pagan tolerance here; rather, there is the zealous fervor of Inquisitors torturing non-believers in converting and inspecting them constantly for evidence of relapse into old ways. Christians will be protected by the government for a time yet; but since politics are downstream of culture, Marxist Wokism may be able to successfully assault Christians before it fizzles out in the natural end of all heresies. In that case, we will be looking at a religious war unseen since the 30 Year’s War of the seventeenth century.Published in