Wednesday, August 02, 2006:
Part of what is crippling Western leaders is the sacrifice-worship of the altruist morality, which programs them, in response to human suffering, to suspend thinking and react emotionally. Natan Sharansky recounts a discussion he had with former president Jimmy Carter about why the Palestinian-Israeli "peace process" kept failing. Carter responded, "You know, you are right, but don't try to be too rational about these things. The moment you see people suffering, you should feel solidarity with them and try to help them without thinking too much about the reasons."
But even more insidious is a kind of cognitive altruism that tells men to sacrifice, not just their interests, but their judgment, subordinating their knowledge to the opinions and prejudices of others. That is what seems to be operating here. Whatever Secretary Rice knows about the Iranians' strategy is discarded the moment lurid images of civilian casualties are splashed across the front pages of European newspapers and the broadcasts of Arab television stations. Just as, in this self-abnegating morality, you have to consider the interests of everyone except yourself—so, in this morality of cognitive self-abnegation, you have to consider everyone's opinion except your own. Thus, faced with the united force of "world opinion," the formerly "tough-minded" Secretary of State was flustered into an ignominious surrender of American interests.
This is a strange kind of war, in which we have more than enough military capability to crush the enemy's "lousy army." Nor do we lack the intellectual power to understand and counteract the enemy's strategy. But we lack the moral confidence to use both our power and our knowledge.
But in the life-and-death struggle with totalitarian Islam, there is no room for Western self-abnegation. On the contrary, what we need is a proud, righteous self-assertion, the unapologetic pursuit of America's and Israel's vital interests, unbowed by appeals to pity or to "world opinion."
Altruism and compassion are insidious. Don't allow your feelings of disgust to stop you from being a butcher of innocent children. It is moral confidence to wipe out Israel's enemies guilty or not, bombing them all (civilians included) into oblivion. We need to be proud. We need to be self-righteous. Forget pity. Who is this person? I hear only Satan's echo.
President Jimmy Carter is only as close to the kingdom as he is. That may seem tautological to you, but it is not a useless repetition, a useless circular statement. Repetition and circularity are not irrational or illogical within certain contexts. President Carter is a man who clearly has wished to be guided by a proper conscience. He has wrestled with the demons within. He has struggled to control wrath from welling up. He has tried to understand the mind of Christ. He has come much further in that than the vast majority of leaders. In fact, of all those who achieved the office of president of the United States, he may well have come the closest. God only knows. It isn't for me to say who will sit where in heaven in relation to Jesus and God.
Nevertheless, at the time president Carter made the statement quoted above, he was not speaking with the understanding of imparting that rationality and righteousness are synonymous, that compassion is the intelligent and even expedient (in the best sense of the term) emotion.
Robert Tracinski wrote the material above. He's a libertarian, a humanist, obviously not a Christian humanist. He has consumed the philosophical position that the disconnected, independent self is the best core emotional conviction. What abuses has he suffered to arrive at that condition?
Contrast Robert's sentiments with those of archbishop Christodoulos of the Greek Orthodox church who sent the following message to Israel concerning its bombardment of Lebanon this July, 2006. "Do not provoke our consciences. Do not feed the world condemnation against you. It is not in your interest...Fear God's wrath."
Now, bishop Christodoulos conceded to Israel a right to self defense, which we as real Christians do not council but rather turning the other cheek; nevertheless, the bishop's fuller statement reveals a more profound emotional connectedness that most people don't even consider. The bishop realizes that God hears the emotional pleadings of the whole of humanity and listens especially to those who work the most to overcome the emotions that bring forth the evil.
And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:7-8).
The elect "cry day and night unto him." What do they want? They want to be delivered from evil. They want all the souls who will, to be released from the grip of selfishness. They don't want to be led into temptation to do offence, to repay evil with evil.
The bishop is warning, which is his duty. He's warning Israel about the emotions Israel can kindle in others even in those who struggle the most not to fall to the temptation of wrath.
What he is saying is that the selfishness of Israel is fast approaching going beyond the pale. The fact is, it already has. It is too late to avoid the negative consequences. The warnings against such action have been too long and too clear to be mitigated by the excuse of ignorance. Israel has made a conscious decision to reject Jesus Christ. The only mitigating aspects in Israel are those who are closer to God, the Father of Jesus. Their hearts are known to God, of course.
The reason I know that the negative consequences are inevitable is because of the prophecy. God has said that Israel will not learn until after Shiloh comes.
Jesus came, but his peace is not yet covering the entire earth. Jesus came to divide, and the process has not yet been completed. The Messiah was cut off just as the prophecy said. The fact is that the Jews who continue to reject the peace of the Lord, will suffer the consequences of their own violence and covetousness (taking the lands occupied by others) and depravity. We know there is deep sexual depravity going on within Israel, and we know that a large percentage of Jews in the US are in favor of homosexual unions. They reject their own history and law of righteousness.
Suffering the consequences of their own violence is a lesson for the Muslims and all the other people of the earth as well.
The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. (Luke 12:46-48).
How do we know that the Jews know better then to be doing what they are doing? They have their own history and their own scripture that has told them countless times.
I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men. (2 Samuel 7:14)
Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. (Psalm 89:32).
A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool. (Proverbs 17:10).
They know better!
If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. (John 15:22).
That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. (Mark 4:12).
How many times have they been killed and run off the land for the same sins? How clear must it be made to them?
The children of men will be the arm of God's wrath. Actually, they will need to repent to God after falling to the temptation of taking vengeance upon the Jews, again.
God knows that people reach the limit of toleration for the evil that goes on around them. God knows the motivations of each person. The more they love, the more they are forgiven. The more they love, the more they forgive.
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