The tyranny of self

· August 29, 2018  
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The wide-open secrets are everywhere.

Republicans in control of the federal government love bloated spending bills that allow them to continue to fund Planned Parenthood while continuing their pious rhetoric about being pro-life.

Catholic seminaries and the priesthood at large are plagued by a homosexual subculture that is protected by its leadership structure with moves like sending a leading progressive priest to the World Summit of Families to defend homosexuals, by Pope Francis himself naming bishops who believe Jesus hated “rules,” and by continuing to propagate the Pope Francis-led distraction concerning the church’s obligation toward global warming.

Kate Steinle and Mollie Tibbetts won’t be the last to die at the hands of men living in this country illegally, because men like Craig Lang intend to keep things just the way they are. Oh, and the wall will never be built.

College and professional football is full of sociopaths who we will continue to throw money and adulation at no matter how craven or corrupt their offenses are against the culture that makes their hobby possible in the first place. Go Buckeyes!

A satirical site called The Babylon Bee has published some of our most reliable journalism in the last few years. Seriously.

Transgender bathrooms, transgender story times for children, and boys running in girls’ track meets are all a prelude to mandatory transgenderism for public school-aged boys and girls.

Science isn’t science any more when a prominent health care group says the term “vagina” must be replaced by “front hole” in the name of gender inclusivity.

Donald Trump promised to give us “all the best people,” but we have been treated to the likes of Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Omarosa Manigault, Rex Tillerson, Reince Priebus, Anthony Scaramucci, and Stormy Daniels, among others. Which means that Donald Trump himself is not “all the best people,” either. He lies all the time and, at best, his presidency should be viewed by conservatives with little more favor than sitting down at the Russian roulette table scene in “The Deer Hunter” and hoping for the best.



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The cake bakers will continue to be harassed and shut down because that’s somebody else’s problem. The courts will continue to be guilty party No. 1 in harassing and shutting them down, but that’s somebody else’s problem, too.

Republican majorities are the greatest lie ever devised in the history of our nation.

But the most wide-open secret of all is this: It’s all our fault.

We live in a representative republic and continue to be more blessed with freedom than any society has ever known in the history of man. Yet this is the state of affairs we gladly settle for as long as nothing messes with our idols.

Man has been forced to dwell under many tyrannies across history, but the Gospel has made it clear that none of them can hold dominion over it – except one. Not slavery. Not Nazis. Not communism. Not raping and pillaging and usurpation of nearly every imaginable kind. All have chains that the Gospel promises it will destroy through faith. But here in the backyard of freedom exists the most diabolical tyranny of all: The tyranny of self.

Never have a people of means been more collectively proud of themselves as decadence surrounds them on every front. And since the Gospel is made for a people humbled by their sins, it should be clear why those drunk on self-esteem are the hardest for the Gospel to rescue. They know no desire for repentance or salvation but only the pulsing of their own egos.

Today, they are legion.

This is where we live. Thomas Jefferson once said he trembled at the thought that God was just. I obviously concur, but these days I also regularly tremble at the thought of how many utter fiends and fools think they are in fact God.

Author: Steve Deace

Steve Deace is broadcast nationally each weeknight on CRTV. He is the author of the book “A Nefarious Plot.”