When the world goes wrong, it proves rather that the Church is right.

G. K. Chesterton

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These are Chesterton’s words from his introduction to The Everlasting Man.  By the Church he does not mean an institution, he means Christianity and Christianity as Truth, the truth about man and existence and what is mortal and immortal.

There was a time not too long ago where those who led were well schooled, knew well and respected the indispensable place of Christianity in the West, its fundamental place it Western Civilization and its heroism, commitment to liberty, compassion, courage, and human prosperity.

I think of Churchill, General George C. Marshall, Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman, Lincoln, John Adams, the Founding Fathers of this country and others. These men were schooled in history, philosophy, religion, the professions.  They were truly educated, morally sound, fully grown, mature adults.

With some exceptions, we have something far less now.

In listening to the President speak of ISIS and the U.S. and, by his reckoning, our justifiably reduced role in the world, it brings to mind Chesterton’s introductory words and the lunacy of the President’s new American Isolationism – better designated as a dread of country, its mores, Christianity and the long history and rich achievement of Western Civilization.

Says Chesterton, men of the President’s sort cannot comprehend that they are part of a larger whole, the Divine One who Created them and all of this that surrounds us, is us.  Yes, Christian narrative forsaken, in his case, in preference of Rev. Wright’s Black liberation (racist) theology that curses America and the West.  As Chesterton says, these criticisms are but a type of uninformed “random and illiterate heckling.”

Imagine choosing illiterate heckling over history and fact as a way of life! What does that say of the judgment, character, “education” and maturity of the man who makes that choice?

Chesterton reminds us that it is the “agnostic world” that is “always prophesying the advent of universal peace.”  Yes, his comment does bring to mind the ill-conceived Iran nuclear “executive agreement” and underscores the foolishness and risk, and hubris, that comes from ignorance of, and contempt for, Christianity and Western Civilization.

Chesterton rightly laments that the “worse judge … is the … ill-educated Christian turning gradually into ill-tempered agnostic, entangled in the end of a feud of which he never understood the beginning, blighted with a sort of hereditary boredom with he knows not what, and already weary of hearing what he has never heard.”

We are wise to lament the same.  Wiser still to throw these ones aside and surely so if we wish to attend expeditiously to those who wish our execution.

Shalom.

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