Since even prior to biblical times, pagans and believers in multiple gods have interpreted the laws of the universe, or what I prefer to call natural law, in such a way that they always ended up defining or finding mythical value in an evil figure who lived in a place like Hades for example. The catastrophic events of life were always blamed on evil forces that counteracted the good that mankind has always been naturally striving to achieve even before the recognition of a monolithic God.
The fact that human kind has interpreted the laws of the universe in much the same way over the course of the species' history is enough to convince this blogger that there is something downright observant about what Rick Santorum told the crowd that day. We can argue degrees of belief or non-belief. This writer could put forth a dissertation that documents and uses religious and historical accounts to define and ultimately prove the existence of Satan, but I won't bore you with the details.
Instead, let's take a broader view of this as this is not about me imposing my religious beliefs on anyone. No matter how you interpret it, whether it be through the eyes of a Catholic or the eyes of an agnostic, the laws of the universe and laws of nature are what they are. The most holiest of men and the most morally vapid of men can all stick their hand into a fire and it will burn. Neither can change the nature of how that act results in harm.
The same can be said about how we apply economic, political and social theory. For example, even before the bible, primitive man lived in family units. Men didn't leave their women and children unprotected and women didn't drive their men away or leave them. It may not have been called heterosexual marriage back then. It simply was the way things worked in order to protect the family from the harsh laws of the universe that could destroy them. No matter how any social engineer wants to spin it, you don't improve society by messing with the laws of nature to the point where females run households without male partners and where males leave their families to go off and party.
They also resisted other tribes or units that would try to take them over or impose on them. Right now, the natural reaction to the onslaught of big government statism is very similar. We're responding genetically toward the prospect of losing our liberty by speaking out. Those who want to take it away are fooled by Satan into believing the Utopian goal of heaven on earth. The world "going to hell in a hand basket" depends on whether or not socialism and statism succeed. If it does, the place will eventually deteriorate beyond even their perceptions of how evil capitalism is.
You've heard the song You Don't Mess Around With Jim.
You don't tug on Superman's capeThe way it works is the devil wants you to tug on Superman's cape. He wants you to mess around with Jim. He does it through trickery. He does it through grey areas. He does it through your blind spots.
You don't spit into the wind
You don't pull the mask off
the ol' Lone Ranger
and you don't mess around with Jim
Satan doesn't show up at your house with a briefcase and offer you cash for your soul. He doesn't pull out a contract and ask you to sign. He waits until you have a momentary lapse of reason or if you drift away from your moral compass. We are all humans. We get caught up in the day to day. We sometimes rationalize things or make expedient decisions when time or will is not available to look at the long term ramifications.
It's as simple as a lane change. You go to move into the next lane and you don't realize there's someone there. That's your blind spot. We have physical blind spots and we have mental blind spots. Satan works those blind spots like a champ.
Our country has a huge blind spot. Too many still believe in the Utopian dream of universal socialism. They still believe that we can all be equal, protected from the fickle finger of fate and the perceived lack of self worth that many redefine as the greed of others. Yes, bad things happen. Yes, there are greedy people. But the omnipotent hand of government will not solve that. They refuse to accept the fact that a God who became man already went to the cross and handled that part of the deal for us already.
Freedom is instinctive. It is as instinctive as our understanding of Satan. Resisting this is like resisting the urge to go to the bathroom. It's natural. It's something we as existential beings have come to define ourselves by. Existence before we put our mental imprint on it has no meaning. It comes before essence. We must exist first before we can have essence. It is during the essence part that people try to make things up. That's what progressives do.
In existing comes the good and evil. We are part of a universe that operates independent of how we wish it will. Yet, it is a universe that we are capable of interpreting. Believe God created it or don't believe God created it; it came from somewhere and it is going somewhere. We're too small and too restricted by the mere flick of a millisecond on the universal clock to even have the balls to think that we can create a government that will dictate how free beings will operate within this universe.
We are fleas on an elephant's ass.
Christians stand before God and find solace in the fact that He is the answer. The big picture exists in the alpha and the omega. We are merely here to navigate it. If we think that we can manipulate academia, the media and the culture to change the nature of things, we are fools.
This is a spiritual war. And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country - the United States of America. If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age?That's not hokey. That's pretty dead on if you ask me.
He attacks all of us and he attacks all of our institutions.
This country will go to the voting booths in November. We will choose to save our country. Or, we will choose to allow Satan to win. No, some guy in a red suit with a pitchfork tail isn't going descend upon our country if we vote for Obama. But, there will be a lot of gnashing of teeth and it will sure feel like hell in here.
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