By Michael V. Wilson
On June 28, 1914, during an official visit to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were gunned down at point blank range by an assassin, 19-year-old Gavrilo Princip. A tangled and convoluted web of alliances triggered a chain reaction that led to the Great War, the War to End All Wars, also known as World War I.
Over 17 million people died in that war, with an additional 20 million wounded. Countless homes, roads, business, factories, and cities were destroyed. An unknown number of farm animals – sheep, oxen, horses, goats, cows, chickens, pigs, etc. – were slaughtered in the fighting, along with endless tracts of farm land laid waste and their crops burned.
All because of one assassination.
Just as a tiny spark can ignite a raging forest fire, so a single incident can trigger terrifying savagery and bloodshed.
On Wednesday, June 14 of this year, 2017, the Republican Representative from Louisiana, the third ranking member of the House Republican leadership as the majority whip, Steve Scalise, was attacked by a would-be assassin while preparing for a charity baseball game against the House Democrats. Six people, included two cops, were wounded before the attacker was killed by police.
The attacker was a died-in-the-wool “passionate progressive”, Leftist, and Bernie Sanders supporter and campaign volunteer, who asked Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla.: “Are you Democrats or Republicans?” When DeSantis replied, “Republicans,” the man walked away then quickly returned to carry out his attack.
The January 8, 2011, attack on Democratic Representative Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords in the parking lot of a grocery store in Arizona, triggered a media frenzy accusing Sarah Palin of “targeting” Democrats, and claiming Republicans in general were creating an atmosphere of hate with their rhetoric and partisanship.
While the media, and many Democratic politicians, have predictably called for gun control in the aftermath of Wednesday's attack, none of them, not a single one, has come out to condemn the recent spate of hate and violence targeting President Trump, his administration, Republicans, conservatives, and Christians. The angst and bewailment that accompanied the Giffords attack has been notably, blatantly, absent in this one. Watching the news, one gets the impression the Democrats are merely reciting their lines at some dress rehearsal for a play; an onerous duty they are required to perform in order to “look good” for the cameras, but one for which they have no real feelings.
The Democrats, Leftists, Progressives, and Liberals (but I'm repeating myself) of which the attacker was one, filled with uncontrollable anger and hate, simply refuse to accept the election of President Trump or the good intentions of anyone who isn't one of them. They label opponents as purest evil, which immediately absolves them of any duty to refrain from violent rhetoric, or violence itself. After all, if your opponent is an evil monster, there's no need to hold back, no need to “play nice.” The possibility that we're just as human as them never enters their minds.
The tactics they use, the tactics of hate, are blindingly simple: in order to take over an institution or society, they first have to tear down and destroy it. Then they can come riding in on their white horses to save the day, and gain total power.
The Left hates America, both as an idea and an actuality, because it prevents them, by law and morality, from accruing all that power to themselves. They can't take it over as it is presently constituted, so they have to tear it down and destroy it. They attack Republicans, conservatives, and Christians while claiming to be under attack from those three groups; they spit hate from foam flecked lips while accusing their enemies of being haters, of being intolerant bigots; they scream with feigned fear that Republicans and conservatives, but especially Christians, are trying to impose a backwards tyranny on the world, while they themselves are doing precisely that; in short, they claim to be the victims in each and every situation, no matter how far fetched, while turning their enemies – mortal enemies to their way of thinking – into unwilling victims every time they turn around.
Matthew 24:12 says,
And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
Looking at the state of America today; the escalating violence (I haven't even mentioned the attack at the UPS office in California), the strident calls for retribution and “resistance,” the hysterical denunciations of anyone who doesn't uphold evil as good or deride good as evil, the endless flouting of the laws by those who are appointed or elected to uphold them, the all out assault on God and His Holy Word, the bowing and scraping to false pagan gods (Allah), the frantic attempts to obliterate the family, and the overt worship of the creation instead of the Creator (climate change, etc.); it's impossible to see how Jesus' statement could be anything other than a simple statement of fact about the country we live in.
The Left is trying everything it can to trigger a second Civil War as a prelude to a totalitarian conquest of America. The attack on Representative Steve Scalise and the others, while probably not consciously an effort in that direction, was another straw on the camel's back. Eventually there will come a point, as with the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, when some random act somewhere, will finally tip us over the edge into all out war in the streets. An estimated 620,000 died in the first Civil War when it was mainly soldiers against soldiers from two geographically distinct areas. How many would die, soldiers and civilians alike, when we're all mixed together as we are today?
The tactics of hate don't allow for negotiation or compromise. There is no middle ground when the other side denies your very humanity and wants to kill you. There can be no understanding or fellowship, between good and evil, light and dark. But what to do? Republicans have descended into a RINO parody of themselves, conservatives eschew God in favor of theoretical principles they betray at a moments notice, and even the Body of Christ is a mere shadow of it's former power and glory.
America is past the point of no return. Christians – true Christians – need to begin preparing to survive and prosper in the aftermath of it's collapse. It's time to begin planning a new nation dedicated to God, a nation called Christendom.