The ultimate failure of the left was the insistence that everything about humans is mere conditioning; it’s all cultural artifact. So the solution to every moral evil is a matter of hammering on the culture until it changes. In other words, they start by denying the Fall. Their entire foundation denies God and substitutes a deity of their own imagining. Their moral perspective is a blasphemous delusion, and it cannot possibly work for very long. When you ignore reality, things will stretch only just so far before it all snaps back into place. That image of “snapping back into place” is one edge of the sword of God’s wrath on sin.
The only advantage on the right is that their worldview does embrace the Fall. Indeed, the right is shot through with varying degrees of belief that being self-centered is perfectly normal. Their major flaw is in rejecting the demands of redemption. In particular, they push such demands off into “personal religion” and allow precious little application of that religion to speak to their fundamental assumptions. People are generally bad, so get used to it and let’s make ourselves materially comfortable.
And this naturally means exploiting human moral weakness for profit. Not just taking advantage of it, but encouraging it. There is no such thing as “vice” except as a term of relative personal discomfort with natural human behavior. To the degree that this approach is somewhat closer to reality, it is more durable and effective. There is a Holy Cynicism, but this lesser cynicism is close enough to work well when few are aware of the difference. This is what calls for the other edge of God’s sword of wrath, where He gets more directly and assertively involved in punishing sin….
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