While Catholic politicians openly refuse to accept clear teaching on issues such as abortion, and publicly do so, without repercussions, lay members either believe that Church teaching is more advice than instruction, or if they realize that the politicians in question are wrong, they wonder why they must follow a Church that refuses to deal with dissidents.
Often when we think of or speak about deeply dark or wicked societies, Sodom and Gomorrah come to mind. Those two cities have represented all that is evil in our world for thousands of years. Why else would God have directly intervened and destroyed them so suddenly and dramatically? The men of Sodom and Gomorrah continually pursued every kind of degradation, not the least of which was sodomy on a scale that was, until now, unsurpassed.
Had they turned from their wickedness, Lot would not have had to enter a losing bargain with The Almighty, Lot’s wife would not have turned into a pillar of salt, and Lot’s daughters would not have seduced their drunken father. However, it is a sad fact of life that evil inevitably leads to decay and decay ultimately to destruction. So, reluctantly, one might say, they were asking for it. They had it coming!
But if you think that their degradation had earned them the everlasting title of first place in the history of malevolence, a title that could never be surpassed, think again. Beginning in the twenty-first century that shameful title has passed on to none other than the “leader of the free world,” the USA. We’re Number One now.
One might object to my claim, pointing out that governments like the Soviet Union, Communist China, and North Korea have demonstrated evil at least equal to, if not surpassing Sodom’s and Gomorrah’s; and certainly, their deeds place them in contention for top honors among nations that are Satan’s pride and joy.
Obviously, those governments should make a list of “most shameful,” but there is a great difference between them and the United States. None of the evil those governments spread involved the active and continuing approval of the people they governed. Through brutal suppression combined with overwhelmingly aggressive propaganda, their leaders dictated the evil that their nations brought about, and the people lacked the power to bring about positive change.
Not so, with the United States. Our country is a government of the people. We elect our leaders, and their terms in office are limited. They can be replaced.
Through our voting system, we can theoretically replace evil lawgivers. The people supposedly have the power, not the government. So, where have we gone wrong? When and what changed?
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