Philiip Yancey, in his book What’s So Amazing About Grace, writes an anecdote about C.S. Lewis that has stuck with me.
During a British conference on comparative religions, experts from around the world were discussing whether any one belief was unique to the Christian faith. They began eliminating possibilities. Incarnation? Other religions had different versions of gods appearing in human form. Resurrection? Again, other religions had accounts of return from death. The debate went on for some time until C. S. Lewis wandered into the room. “What’s the rumpus about?” he asked, and heard in reply that his colleagues were discussing Christianity’s unique contribution among world religions. In his forthright manner Lewis responded, “Oh, that’s easy. It’s grace.” After some discussion, the conferees had to agree. The notion of God’s love coming to us free of charge, no strings attached, seems to go against every instinct of humanity. The Buddhist eightfold path, the Hindu doctrine of karma, the Jewish covenant, and the Muslim code of law—each of these offers a way to earn approval. Only Christianity dares to make God’s love unconditional.
As secularism increases in society, grace decreases as Christianity itself decreases. Those of us who are Christian often give into the temptation to show no grace because we are shown no grace. We see secularism showing no grace in multiple ways of late.
Taylor Swift, after years of avoiding politics, has come out for BLT&G support during Pride Month. Finally, after years of progressives assailing her for not getting political, she gets political and they attack her for head patting and not being sufficiently an ally. In a very Slate take, some writer writes of her, “Straight people will interpret it as supportive and affirming, but for many queer people celebrating Pride Month, it feels hopelessly, insultingly out of place.”
She just cannot please the secularists.
Kyle Kashuv, admitted to Harvard, has now been rejected by Harvard after an orchestrated campaign of his enemies. Kashuv, two years ago as a sixteen year old and before the Parkland shooting, used the N-word repeatedly in a shared Google doc. When it came out, Kyle apologized, owned up to it, and acknowledged he had grown. He did what people in a civil society are supposed to do — he accepted responsibility and he apologized.
That was not good enough for progressives. The very people who told conservatives they could utter no bad word against Parkland survivors went into overtime to ruin this Parkland survivor because he had the audacity to see the world differently from them. There can be no grace. He must be silenced.
Silence is where it heads before the gulag. Environmental activists are rapidly rushing past silence. One of the bizarre aspects of secular progressivism is that though one may repent, the penitent are never truly saved unless the unrepentant are destroyed. With Christianity, one is saved even though surrounded by the unsaved. God himself will take us from this place. But secularists have no where else to go.
Kashuv can be repentant, but his thinking on the second amendment has not changed so he really is not saved. Therefore, Harvard secularists are only safe if Kashuv cannot go there. His punishment is exile. But what about those who cannot be forced into exile.
With climate alarmists, even if they all embrace solar power, veganism, and right think, there are plenty who disagree. The alarmists have tried to silence them. But even if they are successful, these silent deniers are still polluting. The only way to get them to stop polluting is to get them to stop breathing.
Secularism is a unique religion, even beyond all the other religions out there. With other religions, there is a god. With secularism, people are their own god. But with other religions, salvation comes to believers regardless of the damned. With secularism, because there is no after life, this is the only world that matters. Therefore, there can be no salvation so long as the damned dwell among the saved. The damned will eventually have to be disposed of.
It is easy to shame Taylor Swift for not being sufficiently or quickly enough an ally. It is easy as well for progressive groupthinkers at Harvard to exclude a mass shooting survivor who failed to sufficiently repent by embracing progressive ideology. Sadly, it will also be easy for the left to target businesses and individuals for ruination and worse over time as they become convinced their survival is only possible with the carbon wasters’ destruction.
Time and time again secular societies from the Soviet Union to China to Venezuela end with gulags and worse because secularists can never truly receive the salvation of their faith without a sanctifying process of removing the heretics from their midst.