The culture war is a routine topic of conversation, content creation, and policy making. But almost everyone is going about it completely wrong.
If you want to win any war, there are three key items you must be certain of before you can even proceed. Otherwise, you will not only spin your wheels, but you could be doing more harm than good.
So if we have any hope of winning the Culture War, we must be certain of the following:
- That we are at war
- Who the enemy is
- What weapon(s) will defeat this enemy
Are we at war?
Is this even a question anymore? It should be obvious to everyone who is paying attention that we are deep in the midst of a war for the soul of humanity. We have been for quite some time.
We are inundated with bread and circuses to distract us from the war, death, and destruction everywhere. We are being led around by our whims and desires to “live our truths“ while we deny the real truth that surrounds us in the culture of death.
When a mother is celebrated for murdering her own baby, what is left of civilization to save?
It would be better for us if we had a millstone tied around our necks and we were cast into the sea for what we have done and continue to do to these little ones.
So now that we’ve established that we’re at war…
Who is the enemy?
Is the enemy ISIS Terrorists? Illegal immigrants? The CCP? Putin? The left? The right? The media? Don Lemon? Tucker Carlson? The education system? Big Pharma? Big tech? The big corporations? The lobbyists in Washington DC? The bureaucrats? The politicians? The military industrial complex? The WEF? The deep state? The global elites? The rainbow mafia? Drag queen story hour? The supreme court?
The two most important enemies we face:
1. Demons, fallen angels, evil spirits
Matthew 10:28 “Matthew 10:28 And do not be afraid of those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. But instead fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell.”
Ephesians 6:12 “Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against the directors of this world of darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in high places.”
I’d recommend reading the entire chapter 6 of Ephesians, but 6:12 suffices for now.
Don’t believe me? Watch this:
What is the second enemy?
When you see the culture of death and degeneracy all around you, understand that its victims are not only those who we see: the children, the innocents. But the victims are also the people committing debaucherous and immoral acts.
The evil spirits would be all too happy if, failing to trap us in the debauchery, they could instigate the type of reaction that leads to hate and wrath and pride.
If we fail to recognize the role even WE play in perpetuating this culture of death, debauchery, and destruction, not only will we continue to perpetrate it, but we will do so at the expense of the peace and survival of our own souls.
I know it is tempting to want to fight back, lash out, and puff out our own chests with an air of superiority and infallibility when we look at the grievous immorality around us.
But what if, in the process, we become the very monsters we claim we are trying to stop?
“But vain the Sword and vain the Bow,
They never can work War's overthrow.
The Hermit's prayer and the Widow's tear
Alone can free the World from fear.
For a Tear is an intellectual thing,
And a Sigh is the sword of an Angel King,
And the bitter groan of the Martyr's woe
Is an arrow from the Almighty's bow.
The hand of Vengeance found the bed
To which the Purple Tyrant fled;
The iron hand crush'd the Tyrant's head
And became a Tyrant in his stead."
-William Blake (The Grey Monk)
You cannot fight fire with fire.
So, what are the only weapons that can defeat these enemies?
• Prayer and repentance leading to sanctity
“If you will look into your own heart in utter honesty, you must admit that there is one and only one reason why you are not, even now, a saint—you do not wholly want to be.”
—William Law (from Serious Call)
To the extent that we fail in this, by choosing to fulfill our own selfish desires and passions, we, ourselves, are contributing to the very degeneracy we are witnessing.
And if we claim to be so offended by it, then why are we helping it in any way?
The demons that seek our ruin do so in myriad ways: through gluttony, lust, greed, anger, dejection, despondency, vainglory, and pride.
Pointing a finger at one of these, while falling into another is not virtuous. Their degeneracy is your trap.
Don’t let the demons trick you.
The choice is simple.
We can continue doing the things that we have done that have put us here or we can do something radically different.
It’s simple, but it’s not easy.
Nothing worth doing is easy.
But it is not impossible.
The hour is late and and the culture war is intensifying. Don’t feed the demons.
Guard your souls.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank one of my favorite philosophers of the last century, Peter Kreeft, who inspired this writing with his brilliant speech almost 25 years ago on the culture war.