Dante encountered them past the gate with that hideous call to, “leave all hope, ye that enter.” And we have become them. We, who once declared “In God We Trust” as our national motto, now trust in God no more. As a people, we have surrendered all reason and truth to the insatiable appetites of the flesh. We subject reason to lust.
The latest evidence testifying of our dire state is the effort to erase biological sex. Here, as with other similar efforts, we are asked to ignore reality (even simple biology) in an effort to appease the sexual desires of transgender individuals.
“High School Boy Wins All-State Honors In Girls Track And Field,” is a convicting headline. It reflects the incredible depravity of our hearts, just as when Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner won the “Woman of the Year” award.
Our irrationality is not victimless. One of the girls the boy beat out for a slot at the track and field meet complained to the local CBS station, “I don’t think it’s competitively completely 100-percent fair.” No kidding. But our warped society excoriates this girl and celebrates the transgender boy, who receives support from corporate giants like Target and Apple, and even from the President of the United States, Barack Obama.
And beyond the direct victims of specific cases, our culture’s moral collapse has made us all victims. The transgender chapter is being added to all health class curriculums as we write. Your children and mine must learn they can choose their gender, that they are not constrained by their biological reality.
New York City recently recognized 31 different official pronouns that people can use, so this goes way beyond transgender. Our message to our children is, “Follow your lusts, and you’ll find your identity.”
The message to you and me is “conform or else.” As Professor Eugene Volokh of the UCLA School of Law recently explained to the Washington Post in New York, “You can be fined for not calling people ‘ze’ or ‘hir,’ if that’s the pronoun they demand that you use.”
This sort of oppression is only bound to increase. We cannot have freedom apart from truth. We must realize that we are experiencing the results of the spiritual choices we have made as a nation.
Unless we realize that, we will continue to experience an increase in the loss of freedom, because if our problem is spiritual, the solution must also be spiritual.
This is where I believe our presidential choices feel so undesirable. We need leaders with the spiritual maturity and moral courage to stand up to the latest cultural trends in appreciation of proven eternal truths that are the ultimate source of freedom and liberty.
We can apply that to our economic challenges as well. Unless we address the root of our problems, any temporary economic relief will only further our internal atrophy and multiply our sufferings.
As General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during World War II, famously said:
History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.
We have forgotten these truths and are only proving their veracity with every step towards immorality we take.
The answer for us, then, is a return to our National Motto — a return to God. We need leaders who, as we remembered just a few days ago, know the most important thing they can do in our most difficult times is to stir the nation towards the One who rules in the affairs of men.
We must use our reason to tackle the realities of life and reject the culture’s mental gymnastics to present as reasonable that which is undesirable at every level for us as individuals and as a nation.
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