As the rest of the world looks on, Western civilization is moving from the Christian-based moral standard of the past to an atheistic “moral” standard of neo-Marxist socialism. In fact, it would be quite frivolous to use the word “moral” when speaking concerning atheistic standards of conduct in this movement. The fact is that atheism does not present any sustaining system of moral standards, for the atheist concludes that what is right at the time one lives in history determines what is right for the time.
For the Bolsheviks of the Russian revolution, burning and destroying the economy of the privileged was justified in order that the people live as a society wherein everyone supposedly lived in equality. In reference to the social paradigm shift away from the inequity of the Tzars of Russia in 1917, the people sought to determine the standards by which the they would live. In order to generate and perpetuate the movement, the old order had to be dissolved in order to make way for a new paradigm of communism. With such sociological paradigm shifts, those who supported the old system of the privileged class, must be illuminated from society lest they seek to revive the past. For this reason, it is believed that Vladimir Lenin ordered the execution of the Romanov family in 1918, the last royal family of the Tsars of Russia.
In the paradigm shift of any faith-based society to an atheistic society, a cult-like mentality must be established among the people. It is for this reason that the leaders of the movement must present themselves as father figures to which all within the sociological cult must give total allegiance. No voices of opposition are to be allowed. Adherence to the regimentation of the new state order must be without question. A “Jim Jones” society of obedient adherents must be established in order to bring in the new social order.
What is now happening in the sociological paradigm shift of the West is that “taking-a-knee” has become the new signal of one submitting to the new moral paradigm. It is not uncommon, therefore, to see existing leaders and celebrities portraying their loyalty to the movement by “taking a knee” in public. The Nazis demanded the stiff-armed salute. In South Africa, it was the upheld clinched fist. Regardless of the outward physical salute to the new movement, loyalty must be displayed in order that all those of the movement can identify themselves to be loyal revolutionists.
We must not be confused with popular slogans that are used to promote allegiance to a sociological paradigm shift. Slogans as “Black Lives Matter” and “Defund the Police” are only planks in the platform of the movement. What is transpiring in the West, particularly in the American West, is that a sociological paradigm shift is taking place, which shift is identified by unique beliefs of those who support the movement. Though there is often confusion among the ranks of the people concerning that for which they stand, antagonism against the beliefs and behavior of the past order brings the protestors together in their struggle for a new order.
But we must not be fooled by the crafty slogans and public “salutes” of a movement, which displays often refer to true problems within the past social paradigm. Whether collectively or individually, there is always a real thirst for power within any social revolution. Sometimes this thirst for power is so intense that the leaders of the movements often have little concern for the people as long as they succeed in banishing the existing leadership. Greed and power always accompany any cultural revelation. The people may generate the movement, but there are within the movement those who seek to take advantage of the masses. Rarely, as in South Africa, does a forced revolution succeed without iconic leaders.
What is transpiring in the West is a cultural revolution that will produce out of the present social chaos a completely different society in the future. The America of the past is fast dying away and will be consigned to history books. A new Western civilization is emerging that will not be recognized by the aged in these present times. It may take another generation, but the change that is now rapidly transpiring in the West will give birth to a new “America.” The social winds of change are in the air. For Christians, it is time to resort to their faith in order to transition to the other side. They must continually disconnect their faith from the instability of any state that is in a social paradigm shift.
Unfortunately in a democracy, when all slogans of “truth” are politicized, the slogans, not the past moral standards, determine the new moral for the new social paradigm. Politicians who ape the behavior of the public display of “salutes” to the revolution will be voted into power, and once in power, they will entrench the direction of the new civilization. Since in a democracy the politicians are voted into power, then it is inevitable that as this present generation grows in numbers of votes, the new order of the West will eventually morph into a new social paradigm. Such will exist until the next sociological paradigm comes along in history with a new cultural revolution. There is no such thing in history as a final cultural revolution that solves forever the problems for the people. Only the Lord Jesus Christ can do this. But since social, cultural or economical revolutions erupt out of social disorder to economic inequity, then such revolutions are in themselves doomed to eventual failure if they are not built on divine moral principles.
We must not be deceived by elections when such paradigms shifts take place in democratic civilizations. We must not forget that Nazi Germany was established as a democracy after WW I. But then it digressed into a dictatorship. And once the dictatorship of Hitler was firmly in place, then it was time for drastic change with the citizenship of those who elected Hitler to be their leader.
In these times, and for those who still have a copy of the Bible in their hands, it is time now to start reading the history of Israel. The history of Israel is a revelation of how one demigod (king) after another rose up and took the people of Israel in one revolution after another. And as all revolution that have given up faith in the one true God, no revolution in Israel brought the people closer to God. Josiah attempted to do this, but his efforts lasted only for a few years before Israel was back on her way to state and social doom (See 2 Kg 23). What is happening in the West today, therefore, is nothing new for those who know their Bibles.
As long as a society remains a democracy, the people determine their own future. Politicians in a democratic society are only along for the ride. They are initially the reflection of the desires of the society. However, dictators as Stalin, Hitler and Zedong were first democratically elected into office by the people. But the nature of their ideology moved them into being dictatorial demigods over the people who elected them. We are reminded of what happened when Solomon died and Rehoboam became the new king (demigod) of the people. The people pled with Rehoboam, “Your father [Solomon] made our yoke grievous. Now therefore, make lighter the grievous service of your father and his heavy yoke that he put on us, and we will serve you” (1 Kg 12:4). But Rehoboam rejected the plea of the aged fathers. He took the advice of the younger generation (1 Kg 12:8). He thus said to the people, “My father put a heavy yoke on you, I will add to your yoke. My father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions” (1 Kg 12:11).
In order for a democratic society to initially determine its own will for itself, the people will vote into leadership the one who conforms to their desires. They will mock out of power any official who does not conform to their desires, which desires are often paraded by slogans. We recently witnessed this when the mayor of the city of Minneapolis in America was mocked as he walked away from a riotous mob because he would not agree to the policy of the mod who cried out, “Defund the police.” In the next election, therefore, the mob will probably elect a mayor who will conform to their new paradigm of policing, if indeed they do not do away with the present form of policing. This is where the West is headed. Once the existing form of policing is gone, then it is easy to go the way of a fascist state. In the case of Nazi Germany, Hitler established his own police force which was called the dreaded SS.
One would ask where are all the Bible-believing people in the marches of protest that are transpiring in the West. We can be assured that there are no Bible-believing people among those who have already established for themselves their own moral standards. The Bible represents a standard of morality that is contrary to the new moral order that is driven by agnostic/atheistic world views. Since the Bible represents a moral standard that is unchanging, then any society that seeks to establish its own moral standard must discard the Bible. This is the what happened in Israel. God subsequently came to the people with the following statement:
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge [of Me and My word], I will also reject you so that you will be no priest to Me. Seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children” (Hb 4:6).
For those of us who are still Bible-believing people, then what makes us think that the same will not happen to Western civilizations that were originally established and economically grown on the foundation of the moral principles of the Bible? And if for one moment we might believe that the West is not moving into an atheistic era, then consider the final message of God to the Israelites whom He eventually terminated as an indigenous theocratic state in the land of Palestine:
“Her priests [religious leaders] have violated My law and have profaned My holy things. They have put no difference between the holy and profane, nor have they showed any difference between the unclean and the clean. And they have hidden their eyes from My sabbaths so that I am profaned among them” (Ez 22:26).
The religious leaders of Israel became agnostic or atheistic in reference to the God of heaven. As the religious leaders of the West are in a paradigm shift from a Bible-based faith to an experiential-oriented religion, so goes the last remnants of that which will preserve a nation. When the Bible no longer plays any central role in establishing the moral standards of a civilization, then that civilization is on its way out. Unfortunately, once a civilization reaches its moral tipping point, there is no turning back. When national Israel reached such a point with the coming of the Messiah, the Savior of the world whom they rejected, it was time to mourn over their imminent termination as a civilization. This sentiment is behind the following words of the Son of God:
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her. How often I wanted to gather your children together, even as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you would not. Behold, your house is left to you desolate” (Mt 23:37,38).