Saturday, January 12, 2013

Globalization, Polarization and the 2nd Amendment

Genesis 11:4-6
Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” 5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.

Revelation 19:19
And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army.


The tendency toward humankind gathering itself together to oppose rule or authority reflective of God is as ageless as it is intuitive.

This intuition toward globalization or strength in numbers is clear from the Tower of Babel to the scene of Revelation 19. It is not merely a phenomenon to be played out in "the last days", it is the way of man.

Obviously, the desire in man to be a social creature or to socialize with his fellow is innate as well, nor is it in itself evil. It actually reflects something of the "imageo Dei" (the image of God) in his deepest part. God as a social Being in His essence (the Trinity is three "persons") merely reflects that social need in his pinnacle creature.

But because it is also true that man is fallen (and has a marred image-bearing capacity) so his tendency to socialize or gather together also has that quality of fallenness, hence alienation from God and toward self salvation or to be God himself. This is why globalization, not just now, in our day, but through history has been a constant bent and tendency. So it is that man seeking to be free from the rule of God has always found a home in relativistic and collectivistic societal paradigms. And because man's lust for self-salvation is without check or balance under such schemes, the ultimate end is always and ultimately totalitarianism.

And of course if globalization or socialization is to work there must be an abdication of individual rights and human liberties because there cannot be rogue elements which would tend to counteract the overwhelming movement in the direction toward this self deification.

Hence you have polarization or intolerance occurring at the same time that you have globalization or socialization. Therefore those "rogue entities" who would insist on human liberties, individual rights and the rule of God over man must be marginalized, must be put on the attack, must be silenced in any culture that is moving in a direction toward socialism or globalization.

That is ultimately what is behind the attack on our 2nd amendment rights. You cannot silence, or marginalize the "rogue element" without removing from them their ability to protect themselves from tyrannical control.

It is true, that while the left has the ascendancy in our day, it is also the case that there was a time when the "rogue element" had the prominent presence in the culture. This cultural shift, this drift toward the left, toward globalization, this polarization of our culture is merely evidence of the ongoing instability of a people that grows bored with freedom, willingly gives up it's liberty in exchange for a dubious, promised "fairness" and "security" at the cost of bowing the knee to the oppressor, removing God from the throne of the heart, and yielding to the slavery and chains of the state.

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