A recent article features a letter written by the brother of Terry Schiavo to Bishop Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida.
In the letter, Bobby Schindler says:
“The barbarism and nightmare of Terri’s two week death by thirst and starvation will be forever seared into my family’s memory. It is incomprehensible to us that a nation supposedly built on basic Judeo- Christian principles would allow something so wicked to happen. That is, until one realizes that just as the Culture of Death made a triumphal entry into our nation in 1973, via legalized abortion, without so much as a whimper of protest from those with the God-given authority to stop it, so now our disabled and elderly are being targeted for death. The bottom line is, when apostolic grace and responsibility are abdicated, innocent people die.[emphasis mine]
This whole idea of Christian quietism, or passivism if you will, has been much on my mind of late. We are living in a major cultural crisis: flagrant pornography passed as entertainment, legal rulings outlawing ordinary observations of our Christian heritage, such as the posting of the Ten Commandments in public venues, and a secularization of culture that makes life cheap.
We live in a world gone mad, in fact, gone mad because “good Christian people” have not had the backbone to say, first, “NO!” and even now, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.”
Education… our educational system is cultivating generations of sheep prime for social engineering, and parents are not concerned what their children are reading and discussing, or not reading and discussing or learning in the classroom. The fundamentals of education – parts of speech, the multiplication tables and other basic math functions – that actually provide early concrete training in rational thinking have been supplanted by the conveniences of modern technologies.
We are at war, but we are also, as the late Keith Green put it, “Asleep in the Light.”
We are supposed to be a countercultural people, living in accordance with the customs and traditions of a Heavenly Kingdom, of which we are subjects and heirs.
There is no question, there can be no complacent waiting for the pendulum to begin to swing back toward center of its own accord; we are the force behind the direction of the pendulum. The time is upon us to awaken from our slumber, abandon our comfort zones, and raise the cry for our nation, yea, our very world, to stop the insanities of atheistic secularism and to begin to return to God.
This generation of believers is responsible for this generation of souls, something else Green proclaimed. We are responsible; we are accountable.
Let us put on the full armor of Christ and engage in the Good Fight.
Lord, have mercy on us.