And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” –Mark 9:17-29
This is where we live.
Yes, we should still lament that a quisling like Kevin McCarthy with his F Liberty Score is minority leader. He will now be labeled our new conservative hero as he pretends to be a right-winger in a House minority with no power to govern. But we should also understand that it could hardly have turned out any other way in the culture we currently occupy.
Just this week, we have seen:
*A physical education teacher in Florida punished for refusing to oversee a middle school girl who thinks she’s a boy undress in the boys’ locker room. Future diversity training in public schools will no doubt take their cue from this and mandate that all teachers rotate through such an ogling post.
*An atheist minister in a Christian denomination got to keep her job leading a congregation in Canada because “non-exclusive language provides a church experience that draws participants across a wide spectrum of belief and unbelief.” So much for the narrow gate, I guess.
*Students at Ohio State protesting Ben Shapiro with shouts of “John McCain is dead.” Refresh me on the safe space rules again? Urinating on someone’s grave apparently is a giant loophole to crash through.
*A Christian student senator at the University of California, Berkeley, is being forced out of her position after simply abstaining from a resolution that condemns the Trump administration’s position on defining gender. “I pray that the Lord would use my story to shed light on how the church can better love the LGBTQ+ community while not compromising His truth spoken in love,” she said. Clearly, she’s a monster.
*A bishop insisted his fellow brethren gathered in Baltimore “need to undergo true personal conversion” in the face of evidence of rampant homosexual abuse that nonetheless couldn’t compel them to approve a resolution to “encourage” the pope to release documents about serial offender Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Wow. Hell just might be running out of footballs to spike at this rate.
Often, the biggest help I can be is simply to be brutally honest, so here it is: There is no purely political antidote to navigating such an assault on the good, the true, and the beautiful. That’s why the “less-filling, tastes great” debates we used to gleefully wage are a nonstarter for conservatives. We no longer have that luxury when faced with cosmic levels of cultural destruction. Typical political activism doesn’t stand a chance against such darkness.
Revival or bust.