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SECTION - III

THE SEVENTIETH WEEK

Written By
S.R. Shearer

The great conceit of liberalism - of the left - is its refusal to concede reality to powers which are greater than man. The effort by the left to discount these powers is so absurd that it borders on the moronic. At best, it's innocence masquerading as worldliness; at worst it's folly pretending to be wisdom (Romans 1:22). The fact of the matter is, however, powers far greater than man control his destiny - and though unseen and little suspected by the rulers of earth, there are "principalities," "powers," and "world-rulers of darkness" who are really in charge of this world and who direct the affairs of man - and with whom, as Paul tells us, we have to wage a fearful warfare: "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high (i.e., heavenly) places." (Eph. 6:12) The left, which fails to recognize this fact, but which - nonetheless - fancies itself an exposer of the "flesh and blood" wickedness in others - wields little more than a wooden sword against what are really only shadows. The left can speak only of "good" and "evil," but not of the dragons beyond those comfortable conceits. It battles against phantoms it cannot by any means see, and exposes nothing more than the second-hand sins of its flesh and blood adversaries, while never coming to grips with the real powers which stand behind that flesh and blood.

The words, "JURIS PRAECEPTA SUNT HAEC: HONESTE VIVERE ALTERUM NON LAEDERE SUM CUIQUE TRIBUERE" (These are the precepts of law: to live honestly, to harm no one, and to give each his due) are the watchwords by which these left-wing agnostics attempt to order their lives and the lives of other men. They were written by the third-century Roman jurist Ulpian - like them, an agnostic - and their presence above the entrances of countless court buildings throughout the Western World attests to the attempt by such men to believe that they are in charge - that they control their own destiny; that they rule over the forces of "good" and "evil" in this world. But the fate of Ulpian, who gave these words to Rome - speaks more to the reality: Ulpian was ultimately slain in the imperial palace beneath the light of day by the very unseen forces of evil he had denied in life - forces which proved far more evil, far more malignant, far more powerful, and much more deeply set in stone than his words could ever be.

But while the left holds to its conceits, the conceits of the right are far more malignant and much more dangerous. Unlike the left, the right does not deny the reality of the supernatural; what it does is much worse: it believes that it can manipulate these forces - that they are on its side. Speaking to this monumental conceit, William Thackeray said, "The wicked (i.e., the left) are wicked no doubt, and they go astray and they fall and they come to their own deserts; but who can tell the mischief the virtuous (i.e., the right) do?" - and no where is this more true than in America. The American right has a messianic image of itself and America, and the extent to which it portrays America's history to the world as a succession of righteous acts is a clear testimony to this fact. God and America! Church and state! - these are the watchwords of the right. Speaking concerning this supposed link between the Almighty and the United States, Senator Beveridge once said, "We will not repudiate our duty ... we will not renounce our part in the mission of our ... (people) as a trustee under God, of the civilization of the world ... We will move forward to our work ... with gratitude ... and thanksgiving to Almighty God that He has marked us as His Chosen People, henceforth to lead in the regeneration of the world ..." Beveridge's belief that America was, in its origins, institutions, history, and international conduct, God's chosen nation is something few in the Right - including today's Religious Right - doubt; to which we would reply with Robert Burns, "Would that some power the gift to give us, to see ourselves as others see us." And how do others see us? Maybe Simon Bolivar, the great liberator of South America - reacting to the arrogance the Monroe Doctrine - said it best when he wrote, "The United States appears to be destined by Providence to plague (Latin America) with misery in the name of liberty."

Michael Parenti has written, "A nation which has spent the better portion of its history captivated by its own Chosen People mythology will have little difficulty in believing it is preeminently qualified to uplift mankind. The salvation impulse is compounded when national virtue is wedded to national power, for Americans begin to see proof of their divine calling in the very power which enables them to thrust themselves upon others." But what exactly is this "divine power" to which America and the right feel themselves connected? Is it God's? or does it belong to some other supernatural agency? That's the question - a question, however, which should not be all that hard to answer in the light of John 18:36: "Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world ..." But if Christ's kingdom is not of this world, then to whose supernatural kingdom and power is America (and the Religious Right) really attached - and so we now come to the events of the Gog / Magog War ...

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