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In this world of chaos let God be your guide


AT the time of writing, both France and the United Kingdom are in the throes of elections with historic implications. Putin is trashing Ukraine, where Zelensky has dictatorially cancelled presidential elections. Fundamentalist Iran is in the process of electing a new president and China wants Taiwan and the South China Seas. Later this year, the USA will relive the angst of the 2020 presidential election – and possibly much worse. Everywhere there is a clash between the new and the old order. Progressives and Conservatives are implacably opposed. The fundamental fault lines of the world’s political geography are being exposed, and the simmering tensions everywhere raise the menace of political earthquakesby which I mean war.

So how should Christians view these developments?

It is vital to assess standpoint – the position from which we view the world. Perspective determines our grasp of reality and whether that understanding actually makes practical sense.

To take a specific example, the view of western progressives means that they refuse to face the reality the rest of us have to live with – they persist with a human-centred ideological perspective and paradigm which cannot grasp how to handle the real world. In France right now, the hard Left is on the streets issuing threats of actual violence because its ideological bogeyman could form the next government. Even though the peaceful process of elections to settle conflict and avoid war is actually taking place, the hard Left is filled with righteous anger and sees itself as fully justified in refusing the verdict of the ballot box. Its Marxist, materialist inspiration is exposed and it sees itself as fully justified in taking any measures at all to stop the ‘fascist’ Rassemblement National.

The French hard Left are the true fascists, of course. The RN is no such thing, whatever the BBC keeps intimating. It is the hard Left which petrol-bombs the police during demonstrations in France and then portrays that legitimate institution for maintaining law and order as the guilty and illegitimate party. It is the hard Left which peddles the lie that the French police are institutionally racist and inherently inclined to kill – ‘la police tue!’ is their heartfelt slogan as they play on and play up social division, implying that the criminality and cultural separation of the high-rise suburbs is justified by assertions of economic deprivation and social prejudice.

Historically and realistically, the fascists in Italy and later the Nazis in Germany did nothing which the Bolsheviks – later the Stalinists – had not already done. My own view is that fascism is a left-wing phenomenon: the fascists and the Nazis were not conservative in either mentality or practice; they were totally new movements with hardline ideological agendas, using both street violence and the ballot box as means to their own ends. Like their mentors the Bolsheviks, they had no intention of allowing dissent of thought or action. Disagreement had to be crushed. The original fascists were led by socialists in both Italy and Britain, and the full name of the Nazi party is ‘the national socialist German workers’ party’. These are movements expressing class struggle and conflict in place of the Christian paradigm of struggle and conflict within the heart of each of us, being born in a state of inherited sin.

France’s ideological idol, Rousseau, perverted the spiritual truth of what we are long before Karl Marx. ‘Man is born free but is everywhere in chains’ perverts the Christian truth that we are born in sin, and that is why we are not free – free from the self-centredness of sin which poisons human relations and lies at the root of this world’s problems. Rousseau’s philosophy is akin to that of the pagan philosopher Plato whose Republic looks like the blueprint for every 20th century totalitarian state.

In short then, we are living in the midst of humanity’s own state of sin, and we are reaping the consequences. The consequences of self-delusion; the consequences of idealistic expectations which can be fulfilled only by Jesus Christ as Lord in each and every human heart; the consequences of inequality visited on us by those who claim the eradication of inequality as their goal, believing foolishly that we can trust in fallen humanity as its own god or ideal; the consequences of rampant materialism in social and economic belief and practice. Decades of advertising preaching consumption as the goal of life has poisoned our collective subconscious and given rein to the globalist crony capitalism of the billionaire priests of Mammon and their corporatist acolytes in governments across the world.

Materialism in philosophy, politics, society, culture, economics, academia, media, law and judiciary is now the determining standpoint and paradigm for western society. Materialism is the religion which dictates the assumptions and worldview which constrain and determine the mindset of our institutions and culture. And that is the root of the problem: we have adopted the wrong God, and we live with the consequences of disobeying the primary Commandment of our one true Creator: Thou shalt have no other gods before ME.

So, stop looking to mere men, to ideas and false religions and philosophies; to political parties of whatever hue. Start looking to the one true God revealed in the Bible, and start operating, both as individuals and as peoples, in accordance with the requirements of our Owner, Sustainer, Benefactor and Moral Guardian – our Judge.

Let those who belong to Jesus Christ remember how they are to live: trusting in the Son of God who loved us and gave himself for us; knowing that circumstances are the means God uses to sanctify us – to change us; that God’s purpose is a pure, spotless bride for the Son.

All things work together for good to those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.


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Graham R. Catlin
Graham R. Catlin
Graham R. Catlin is a teacher. He has lived for several years in France and takes a keen interest in French politics and media. He is editor/ commentator of an edition of Edmund Burke's famous assertion of Conservatism, Reflections on the Revolution in France.

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