The fellowship of the Ring wasn’t actually much of a fellowship at first. There was distrust. There was animosity. And there were some members who were simply way out over their skis when it came to fighting the evil forces of Mordor.
But that was, for better or for worse, the team that had been handed the baton of history. And as Gandalf said, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
J.R.R. Tolkien fashioned the war between good and evil in “The Lord of the Rings” based on his own time in the trenches of World War I, followed by his observational experience of World War II. And whether “The Lord of the Rings” is meant to be allegory or not, as continues to be debated, its reflections of reality are undeniable.
So back to Mordor, then. As broken and bumbling as the fellowship was, it ultimately overcame its faults through the undeniable conviction that evil was at hand and it was their job to stop it. The moment had arrived to put differences aside, for it might be the final moment if they didn’t.
Could we be living in such a time in 2019?
The Democrats and their muse, the siren of progressivism, have signaled in recent days, through their unbridled embrace of infanticide and religious bigotry, that not only are they not ashamed of the blood on their hands, they are proud of it and hungry for more. The devil is no longer convincing us he doesn’t exist. He’s parading out in the open wearing a unitard and waving a pitchfork.
They mean to crush dissent so that the freedom found only in the rights and righteousness that come from our Creator are replaced by the cold clutches of paganism. They seek nothing short of the undoing of Western civilization. Their words, not mine.
Kill your children whenever you want, whyever you want, as long as they haven’t fully left the birth canal in New York. Kill your children after they’ve left the birth canal in Virginia. The end of private health care. Refusing to stand and celebrate the arrest of drug traffickers and human traffickers at the border during the State of the Union, but gleefully standing to applaud themselves. If you still believe in sin, you shouldn’t be appointed to public office. A “green dream” that reads like the nightmare plot of many of the dystopian movies we’re making nowadays.
2019 isn’t even 40 days old, yet already the Left has gone as pagan as they wanna be. And it’s not like the past few years were ones of restraint and accommodation, either.
As a movement, we have spent much time debating the merits of either shilling for or shunning Donald Trump the past few years. If you’ve grown tired of that debate, I bring glad tidings of great joy. Thanks to the advance of the barbarians on the Left, that whole argument is now utterly meaningless. We are finally going to have a far more existentially important debate. The pagans will make sure of it.
The Black Gate has opened. Sauron is coming. And he cares not whether the tip of the spear is the Aragorn we wish we had or only the Pippin and Merry many of us fear we actually do. Sauron’s hordes are coming through the Black Gate just the same.
All my career, I have heard “this is the most important election of our lifetimes” and panned it as crass political opportunism from craven and feckless politicians who would stab us in the back rather than join us in the fight, even if it were so. But this time, it might actually be true. This might actually be the most important election of our lifetimes.
Not because the Republicans have finally decided to fight, but because the Left has decided to go for the kill. Despite his feet of clay, this is a realization the president seemed to understand during his powerful and eloquent State of the Union speech. I still get a chill every time I recall him reciting the story of the family poised to be the next victims of the Holocaust, until they gleefully saw that “it’s the Americans” come to rescue them from hell on earth.
We may be a people uncertain of our future, but we certainly want to believe we could again be the heroes of our past.
I have had my issues with this president and this presidency. I don’t even agree with several of the policies he advocated in his speech. It’s unlikely I’ll ever be one of his fanboys. However, I’m even less a fan of losing my way of life for good.
There may be a time in the future to debate the president’s Twitter behavior or infrastructure spending plan. I pray we have the luxury of such arguments again, because that would mean we answered history’s call.
But Sauron is coming, regardless of how presidential Trump happens to be on any given day. The Black Gate is opening regardless of Trump’s crappy tariffs.
Part of the Christian worldview is an understanding of the hierarchy of values, or how we properly prioritize things. There’s a reason “don’t murder” comes before “don’t steal” in the Ten Commandments, just as there’s a reason some criminal offenses deserve the death penalty, while others maybe just a citation. No legitimate justice system would punish thieves while letting murderers go free.
Trump may have considerable faults, but the pagans have fundamental goals. If achieved, those goals will ensure that we become a people incapable of electing leaders you might be prouder of one day.
This next election isn’t about Trump. Sure, he’ll likely be on the ballot, but this next election is really about you. The pagans aren’t trying to defeat Trump. They’re declaring war on you. The Black Gate is opening and Sauron is coming — for you and your way of life.
Speak now, or risk being compelled forever to hold your peace.
Steve Deace is broadcast nationally every day on BlazeTV. He is the author of the book “Truth Bombs: Confronting the Lies Conservatives Believe (To Our Own Demise).”