On Politics

Mere Christianity

C. S. Lewis remarked, in Mere Christianity, I  think, that the greatest evil we can do is to call what is evil good  and what is good evil.  It does not matter whether this calling is  shrouded in the form of relativism, diversity theory, or the will to  power.  The effect is the same.

In  the end, we now call, by various sophisticated names, what is evil  good. We make laws to justify this reversal of good and evil, which, as  such, do not change. We penalize those who hold that the “thou shalt  not’s” are correct.

But  the key point remains: the “enablers” who justify and make evil  possible by their own disordered souls. Repentance remains the only way  to stop this reversal, repentance and, as Benedict says, judgment.

Read the article . . . On Politics.


10 thoughts on “On Politics

  1. Good article. It does bring to mind the way many out there consider their political party to be “God’s party”, or equate identification with a certain political party to be proof of one’s Godliness. Though I am conservative in my political views, still, I must admit that conservatism is not proof of Godliness or holiness or one’s standing as a Christian.

    Of course, I would say that conservatism is proof of good common sense, or as you and Jessica call it, uncommon sense. 😀 But it won’t get me into heaven.


  2. In essence, choosing evil under the sub-species of what I see as good for me is what sin is. I like the way you point out that the greater culpability lies with the enablers for presenting, or tempting as it were, us with “goods” that are essentially not good and sometimes intrinsically evil. It all boils down, as Benedict points out, to judgment. The properly formed conscience should be able to discern between what it right and wrong, and then on a practical level opt for doing what is the right thing to do and/or avoiding the wrong thing to do. Rectifying the wrong comes down to rectifying your judgment.

    Great post, Servus! Thanks for sharing this with us today.


  3. Related to this topic is a book I am currently reading, titled Harry Potter And The Paganization Of Culture, by Michael D. O’Brien. It is not, as the title superficially suggests, an attack on the Harry Potter books. Rather it is a study of how heavily gnostic and pagan beliefs and practices have invaded our culture and it uses the Harry Potter novels, as well as others, to illustrate that situation.

    One of the things the book delves into, and which relates to the article in this post of yours, is the fact that many of our traditional symbols of good and evil have been inverted, so that what previously was considered evil and diabolical and ugly in spirit are now considered to be beautiful and wise and alluring.

    It’s a great book, and I highly recommend it. At some point, after I’m done, I plan on doing a post about it.


    • I think you should. It is an important point to be made to our secularized and anesthetized population who are enticed with evil for good every day. It is done by either a graying of white and black and also, in the way you describe, of turning good to evil and vice versa.


  4. Another good quote from that article:”The chief rival to Christianity today, besides Islam, is a secular messianism designed to “liberate” us from religious practices so that we can devote all our attention to politics as our “real” good. Religion, in this view, is what holds us back from perfecting ourselves.” I’ve heard the comment, “So, you’re into religion.” Like into sports, or into art, or into video games, like it’s a hobby rather than a way of life. So many want to categorize or marginalize religion so they can push it to the back burner.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s