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Monthly Archives: February 2009

I guess this is kind of a thought for Lent. It’s somber, and probably not something you should read if you’re feeling happy.

Part 1:
Our culture has been telling our children that abortion is okay if it the baby would be sick or if the mother would be too inconvenienced. We’re also telling them that euthanasia is okay if the person consents.

Part 2:
Our government has been spending money that it doesn’t have for years, including a massive, pork-bloated stimulus bill that some are nicknaming the “Generational Theft Act.” Americans currently expect to keep the same or a similar standard of living when they retire, and they expect to be cashing in Social Security checks for that whole time, too.

Melange:
There aren’t going to be enough Americans to support Social Security ere long, especially with taxes growing ever-higher (not to mention however many millions of potential wage-earners having been aborted). Where will the money come from? Borrowing only works so long; eventually your creditors start demanding their money. At a certain point, those who are working are going to stop and look around, and they’re going to see that they’re expected to pay for the retirement of a massive number of people out of their own paychecks, using money that could be spent to send their kids to college, pay housing bills, or take a vacation. They’re going to see Americans living longer and longer and receiving more and more expensive treatments for ailments that were formerly fatal. They’re going to remember that they’ve been taught that abortion is okay if sickness or massive inconvenience are factors, that euthanasia isn’t always wrong, and then they’re going to connect the dots.

This is a problem and a horror. For those older people who have strong families or other support networks, they’ll probably do all right. What of those who don’t? The same thing that happens to animals and to humans who lack what makes us civilized will. The older generations have cut their own throats through their willingness to try and buy now and pass the bill on to future generations.

I have no idea what the solution is, either, except what it always is: Christ. We can’t just sit back and watch millions of Americans die this way. We all die eventually, but I don’t think either the older or the younger generations are ready for this. Our culture is still largely Anglo-Saxon in mindset, and the horrors the British faced during the Anarchy, the War of the Roses, Mary and Elizabeth’s reigns, WWI, and WWII led them to do very foolish and ham-handed things in response to try and ensure that these things never happened again. I don’t think we’re likely to be so very different.

What there will be are little opportunities for grace and for reconciliation. There will be people who can’t afford food but who find that free or subsidized sources like Meals on Wheels won’t be able to meet the demand, people who can’t afford their rent but have nowhere else to go, and so on. Again, everyone dies: these opportunities aren’t a panacea that will keep everyone alive and healthy (although if they’re believers, at a certain point they’re going to be happy to leave this world and go Home), but they will be a chance to bear witness to the love God has for His children in a natural world that doesn’t care, for good or for bad, any different for them than it does for bugs around them.

It’s late, and I’m not sure what I’ve said makes sense. Hopefully it does. As you celebrate Lent, remember that even as we mourn the state of the world we know that our hope is in Christ, who has already won the victory.

Who ever thought that early February would be one of the busiest times of the year?