The night is coming.
It may be a dark and dreary night, or it may be moonlit with stars galore, but night is coming.
The evening of our society and culture is at hand. We can see ourselves in the evil that walks the earth and commits the atrocities that we abhor and yet blame on those not politically aligned with us.
It is not the summer of our discontent, but the autumn of our souls. New York has ads that call people who wear a Trump-style Make America Great Again hat, the trash. They show them with redneck tattoos and carrying a bible. They say they don't want them in NYC. The bombs that were sent in the mail this past week turned into a political hot potato with people blaming Trump, and/or the media for the bombs. Yet it was the evil of one man who (allegedly) sent the crude devices to several political figures.
Hatred comes in many colors. Those who blame the white males, those who blame the democrats, those who blame Trump, or gun owners, or Christians... They blame anybody but themselves. But if we sit back and take a look, isn't what they are peddling just a different kind of hatred?
The night is coming when our hatred will come back to haunt us.
Whenever we buy into the divisions that are set before us, we are continuing that brand of hatred. We haven't declared it hate speech... yet. But it will happen. The divisions and the anger fuel more divisions and anger that become so accepted and normal, that we start to get bored with shootings, bombings, identity politics and other strife. Yet we are blind to it. We cannot see our own hatred for what it is. Instead we sell a new kind of truth and call it our own. We bring the failed policies of the past and turn them into progressivism, conservatism, and other ism's.
The night is coming, but we won't even recognize it. We will either see it as the vindication of our views, or the suppression of them. We will cheer the long knives as they flash and the one brand of truth finally wins. Is that what we want? Is that what you are cheering for on social media?
The sad fact is most of us are the problem. We don't condemn hatred for what it is, instead we continue it, argue it, rationalize it, and deify it.
There is night coming and we won't see the morning unless we change. Unless we see our sins for what they are and seek to make peace with God.
It is my belief that we need another Great Awakening in our country. We need men like the Wesley's, or George Whitefield, or William Wilberforce. But in the social climate of today they would be drowned out by the bombast and backlash that we have turned our society into. Behold! The pagan games of Rome are now played out on Facebook! Buy your ticket! Grab your cloak! Bring your lantern and your pitchfork. It will be a great party, but it will be the end of us.