Conservatives have a weak spot, and almost everyone knows it. Conservatives believe in gradual change. Actually, at the very foundation of historic conservatism is a divide: one side says that there are certain settled, immutable laws rooted in the nature of God the Father Almighty that never change but must be applied carefully and slowly with wisdom in a changing world and the other side says that tradition and law are significant perspectives to take into consideration but not utterly immutable, and since humanity changes, these ancient landmarks must be moved, but ever so slowly so as to not rock the ship of culture. The former is fully compatible with Christianity, the latter is conservatism’s greatest enemy — or at least it should be. It is no genuine Christian conservatism that allows for the redefinition of marriage or life, provided it’s done slowly enough. A lot more needs to be said about this, but let’s apply it quickly to the immigration hullaballoo, shall we?
It has passed into venerable conservative Christian cliche by this point that being “Pro-Life” means fighting for the lives of the unborn and for the lives of immigrants. They are all made in the image of God, and so they must all be protected and honored and treated with dignity. And yes, as far as that goes, exactly right. But there’s an implicit lie in that argument, and the lie is that murdering babies in their mothers’ womb is roughly equivalent to turning immigrants away at the Texas border or deporting illegal immigrants back to their home countries. Now, most Pro-Life Christians, when pressed, would immediately recognize that these are not at all morally equivalent. But what they frequently don’t see is that there are plenty of liberals that are happy for them to join those two issues. The conservative Christians think they are being sly because they’re bringing their Pro-life conviction into the immigration rumpus, but the liberals don’t care because the fires of Moloch are still burning bright with the bodies of babies. In other words, Christians think they are bringing a biblical standard to the fight, when usually they are bringing the same authority they currently have on the abortion issue, which is next to nothing. And that means that Christians who try to pull this card are really just voting for liberal policies, no matter how many bible verses they quote. Christian support for complete amnesty and bleeding heart open borders is being fully weaponized against Christians and the Christian faith. And yes, I know I need to explain what I mean.
There is another, more subtle, more insidious, form of moral equivalency at work and that is the claim of the State to determine the morality of these situations, that they are equally within the reach of the State’s authority. In Roe v. Wade, the Federal State via the Supreme Court declared it’s moral authority to overturn laws in most of the United States prohibiting abortion. In that decision, the Supreme Court seized the authority of fatherhood. When those black robed ghouls insisted on the right of a woman to choose to have the life of her unborn child snuffed out by the surgical tools of a hired assassin, they claimed the moral authority to determine the value of human life. In their determination, that value could be arrived at for any reason at any time by a woman’s inner goddess without any reference whatever to any biological or spiritual fathers involved. This right was deemed fundamental, essential to “human flourishing,” as they would say at the Gospel Coalition. And in refusing to overrule and disobey that wicked ruling, the states, congress, and many other governmental entities — all the other God-ordained fathers in other words — have ceded that authority to the Supreme Patriarch. While this Federal Fatherhood did not originate at Roe v. Wade, it was significantly expanded in that decision and established the legal grounds for Obergefell. For if Our Father who art in Washington can determine the grounds upon which human life is valued or not, then Our Father in Washington may also determine what is marriage and what is not, what is male or female or zim or zed or even which children ought to belong to which parents.
Now one more piece of the puzzle needs placing: thoughtful Christians really should wonder why it is that the principal voices, the screechiest screeches, the shriekiest shrieks in the whole immigration squawkfest are liberals, democrats, and their revolutionary (hired) thugs. Their platform demands the right to chop up little babies, the right to mutilate genitals if the owner of said genitals is consumed with self-loathing, and the fundamental human right to hump anything, anyone, anytime so long as they first bow and scrape at the Most Holy Shrine of the Immaculate Consent, so long as said nuptials and blood sacrifices also kiss the icon of His Beatitudedness Our Federal Father, the Patriarch of Washington. Please fill out the form and send in your check to His Holiness Bill Clinton’s Sex Education Course.
Sorry…. where was I? Oh, right: Now why would that party, the party of Federal Fatherhood, by whom all fatherhood must be named in America and to the ends of the earth, why would that party be the heart and soul of the great immigration freakout? The immigration conflagration has nothing whatever to do with deep pity, sympathy, compassion, or humanitarianism. Ok, there’s a tiny kernel of that buried at the bottom of a Mariana Trench’s worth of hypocrisy. The spectacle of immigrants marching to America or little kids being pulled from their mothers’ arms by border patrols (no matter why) is all a gigantic photo op for Our Father in Washington. It’s like the parable of the Prodigal Son for Statists. Our Supreme Father is looking down the road for the wayward sons. Look how he waits! Look how he longs to run down the road to embrace your tired, your poor, your huddled masses. See what compassion is in His eyes. It’s a false gospel.
But this is a macabre play. The judges are nothing less than The Judge from Cormac McCarthy’s insidious Blood Meridian, like the Unman from Lewis’s Perelandra, only he wins and dances into the sunset. We will greet you alright, with open arms. We’ve been sitting on this befouled john waiting for you, waiting to embrace you with our terrible flesh. Come on in, big boy. Come on in. Our Father of Planned Parenthood is all sovereign. Submit to him. In other words, despite our conservative claims, there’s nothing Pro-life about siding with the Statist acolytes. We are getting played. We are getting conned. Our sucker-compassion is being weaponized.
And the conservatives say, well, not so fast. No, literally, just go slow. We can move all the ancient landmarks, just not too fast. Gradually. But if you can have “gay Christians” then you can have “gay conservatives.” And that means that given enough time, you can also have pro-abortion conservatives, statist conservatives, and all the rest. And that’s perfectly fine with the liberals. They’re happy to wait for us to catch up, so long as we remain committed to following their lead. The immigration palooza is nothing short of a Statist morality play, propaganda for the temple to the false god of the State. No literally, there’s a temple in Washington D.C. boasting unity forever and ever, world without end.
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