The Reality of War
The talk goes on about sending troops or not sending troops to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL or ISIS or whatever they enjoy being called. Now the U.S. is executing airstrikes in Syria to that end. Ridiculous. It’s interesting that we’re fighting a people without clear geopolitical boundaries. Sure, others identify them with respect to Iraq, Syria or the Levant, but if there’s is a political movement then where is their capital? Who are their political officials? The fact is these extremists won’t be satisfied with political ends. They are exactly the sort of ideological zealots whose ambition has a transcendentally ambitious and religious bent.
Religion trumps politics, because religion transcends politics. Those who imagine themselves having no have religion have nothing. In reality, everyone has a religion, some guiding set of beliefs which form the basis of their decision making. Religion guides thoughts and actions. Politics forms a smoke screen for and is just a cheap substitute of religion. Politics is the situational ethics which assuages the conscience and displaces religion.
One religious/non-religious blogger who says of himself “I’m not a world renowned theologian, I’ve not been through years of seminary, I’ve not even been a pastor of a church”, has this opinion on religion:
I hate religion.
Which leads back to the title of this post and the following article on satanists holding a black mass in Oklahoma City. Politics, legalities and pluralism don’t contain the virtues we should live by:
But even if the black mass is perfectly legal, Archbishop Coakley fears for his flock and for the people involved.
In a statement posted on the Archdiocese Website, he said: “Even though our city leaders apparently do not take this threat seriously, I do. As a Catholic priest and bishop, I have witnessed in my ministry the battle between forces of good and evil, in both ordinary and extraordinary ways. It is not merely a struggle rooted in human weakness and ignorance, though these are certainly the source of much suffering and mayhem in our lives and in our world. Demonic activity and the chaotic forces of evil are very real. The madness of war, accompanied by increasingly brutal acts of terror, the in our schools and communities are all evidence that something is terribly wrong.
“The crucial battleground for the forces of good and evil is the human heart. As a Christian, I believe that Jesus Christ came to conquer the power of sin and to cast out demons. This was an essential part of His mission and ministry. It continues in His Church.”
Examining the critical point of the battleground being centered in the essence of man dispels the obfuscations and outright lies of political correctness. It’s not in flesh and blood, as the scripture puts it, but in the principalities and powers which transcend all. The principalities and powers of this world aren’t touched, aren’t affected, aren’t moved, except on the level of religious beliefs or faith. Essentially, we’re playing games with toys while our core beliefs are at stake. It goes to the core of who we are as human beings and why we’re on this earth. This is the reason that attacking the evil of ISIS by killing them with weapons won’t work. Evil will inculcate its vengeance in others raising them up to take their place.
Some fancy this pluralistic political society, in which Muslims, Christians, Satanists, members of the rainbow GLBTIQ, heck, anyone with a pulse and breath, are all just alike. For them it’s about inclusion, coexistence and that familiar mantra of political correctness so as not to offend anyone. While the pluralist strives to live in peace with a conscience cauterized from the raging spiritual battle. War is the madness of selfish lust to its fullest extent. Politics obfuscates the battle, and because of it many lose the war.