First, a small bow toward the 60 distinguished columnists with whom I share these pages of dancing electrons. Together they comprise the virtual core of conservative U.S. thought in the realms of politics, culture, economics and morality. Although you have to scan through the menu to find them under “Commentary,” they form the intellectual backbone that has made WorldNetDaily the No. 1 independent news source on the Net.
Some are libertarians, most have a strong Judeo-Christian outlook, a few are outspoken evangelicals or notorious liberals. Overall, we are striving for and against the same causes, values and visions. We are united in our applause for our brothers and sisters in all four branches of the government (legislative, judicial, executive, and military!) who push, prod, and use their carrots and sticks to nudge the reluctant world toward freedom, sanity and plain old-fashioned goodness.
But the underlying realities of life – good and bad – are spiritual. All our Western science, commerce, art and thought spring from the Prime Mover, God himself, via his No. 1 pet project, the human race – an unruly mob whose basically spiritual nature gets fogged over by the secular media and eclipsed by the daily hustle to keep body and soul in the same general area.
My special theme in these hallowed pages is the central, overriding importance of the spiritual dimension of everything … with the possible exception of Britney Spears’ latest temper tantrum. (Some things are just profoundly irrelevant.)
You may be familiar with one rather large example of spiritually influenced Americana: the New York subway system. Like U.S. democracy, it’s far from ideal, but pragmatic. We know we live in a fallen world, so it’s designed just to get huge numbers of bodies to where they want to go at the peak hours they want to go there. The minor downside is that if you want to ride from, say, Baychester Avenue in the Bronx to Pelham Bay Park just down the road, you have to go all the way into Manhattan.
In high contrast, take the Paris Metro – please. Unlike New York’s MTA, it has a spider-web pattern that lets you get from anywhere to anywhere, even though the masses just want to go downtown and home again. But thanks to its starry-eyed engineers, the Metro replicates the French image of a beautifully interlocked world. As a result, the whole thing jams up about five p.m., which is, not coincidentally, about the time that the police around the Arc de Triomphe give up and go home, abandoning the area to total automotive gridlock. (As De Gaulle once lamented, “How can anyone govern a nation that has 246 different kinds of cheese?”)
Ah, France, home of the absolutely impregnable Maginot Line built by infallible military geniuses; the French Revolution, which permanently hard-wired the French people for idealistic, agnostic arrogance; and the 1985 postage stamp that proudly proclaimed, “1685-1985: France Welcomes the Huguenots.” (A red-faced French post office quickly withdrew the stamp when someone pointed out that 1685 was when whole provinces emptied as countless Protestant Huguenots fled abroad to avoid slaughter by Louis XIV.) The French haven’t discovered sin. Sound theology can make you free, but bad theology can make you blind.
Every issue raised in WND touches somehow upon questions of good or evil, truth or delusion, life or death, and just who should run this crazy planet, anyway? In my next column, I’ll describe some of the main Christian players and groups who are beginning to turn America around by fighting on the spiritual level of these struggles.
Yes, we must continue to do our best in the political, educational and media wars. Sheer numbers and power do count in the effort to push through that positive agenda Joseph Farah has referred to. But without control of the spiritual heart of the war, we are only attempting to produce a marionette play in a tornado.
Finally, one shockingly good piece of news: America’s most famous church statistician will release a book on Oct. 1 that predicts a never-before shift in the battle to restore the world. Within 20 years, he says, the number of pew-sitting Christians will be not just matched, but doubled by an influx of folks into house churches and other “alternative faith-based communities,” plus others highly involved in changing the culture. The numbers of activist believers is going to skyrocket. Today, the church is ancillary to the culture – by 2025, we’ll see the opposite. More next Tuesday.