Thursday, June 19, 2008

Homosexuality - God's Wrath On Western Civilization

This ancient Roman cup features an
'artistic' representation of common
sodomite sexual practices in Rome.
The Romans thought little of such things
and wrote about them casually.
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The first thing we have to remember is that America is not the Church. Contrary to the notion of many Evangelicals, God's interest in the U.S.A. is no greater than his interest in Canada, Australia, the old British Empire, or ancient Rome. Our vanity as American Christians (Catholics and Protestants) must cease. All too often, American Evangelicals are convinced that no ill can befall them, because after all, this is the United States, and the "rapture" will come before that ever happens. This attitude is just as unbiblical as it is arrogant.  Christians have endured hardship all over the world for the last 2,000 years.  Why should we American Christians be any different?  For those of you still convinced of a "pre-tribulation rapture" I'll direct you to what the Bible has to say about it here. The rest of you know that America (like all other nations before her) will pay for her sins.  Just as she has in the past, so she will again.

We are often prone to think of homosexuality as a sin that cries out to God for justice. Indeed it is, but there may be something more to it. A close examination of this New Testament reference to homosexuality reveals much about the fall of the Roman Empire, and sheds some new light on our own modern civilization today...
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and injustice of those men that detain the truth of God in injustice: Because that which is known of God is manifest in them. For God hath manifested it unto them. For the invisible things of him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made; his eternal power also, and divinity: so that they are inexcusable. 
Because that, when they knew God, they have not glorified him as God, or given thanks; but became vain in their thoughts, and their foolish heart was darkened. For professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. And they changed the glory of the incorruptible God into the likeness of the image of a corruptible man, and of birds, and of fourfooted beasts, and of creeping things. 
Wherefore God gave them up to the desires of their heart, unto uncleanness, to dishonour their own bodies among themselves. Who changed the truth of God into a lie; and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature. And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error.

And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness, full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity, whisperers, Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Foolish, dissolute, without affection, without fidelity, without mercy. Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death; and not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them.

-- Romans 1:18-32 (Douay-Rheims)
Let's follow the chain of events described above...
  1. God provides knowledge of himself through nature.
  2. Yet people chose to ignore God and serve created things (idols) instead.
  3. Therefore as punishment, God allowed them to fall into self-destructive sins.
  4. The most notable being homosexuality.
  5. Leading to an assortment of more self-destructive sins.
  6. Ultimately, as history tells us, resulting in the total collapse and fall of that civilization.
It would seem, according to this passage, that homosexuality itself, while not only a sin that cries out to God for justice, but widespread homosexuality is in actuality a judgement of God against a civilization that chooses to ignore him. In other words, when a civilization has given up on God, it would seem, God gives up on that civilization, and hands it over to self-destructive sin, that will ultimately destroy the civilization itself.

According to this understanding, widespread homosexuality is a judgement of God.  Therefore, those homosexual activists who promote homosexuality, may very well be thought of as unwitting agents of God's wrath against a society.

The fall of western civilization began in the early decades of the 20th century. It was manifested in Europe through the embrace of eugenics and neopaganism (the occult). Europe fell quickly, with World War II marking the beginning of the end. After the Second World War, the United States and Canada likewise followed Europe down the road of social decay. The 1960's saw the rejection of God both in popular culture and in government. It was followed by the worship of sex, money, drugs and New Age occultism (neopaganism). Now after 30 years of unbridled abortion-on-demand, the rise of euthanasia, embryonic stem-cell research and human cloning, it is clear that the United States, along with the rest of western civilization has no intention of repenting, and turning back to God.

Therefore, like ancient Rome, God has given us over to self-destructive sins, the most notable being widespread homosexuality. The United States, along with the rest of western civilization, has been judged by God. His verdict - guilt by idolatry. His sentence - death by homosexuality.

The widespread acceptance of homosexuality, coupled with government promotion, will lead our people into total reprobate minds. Eventually, all social taboos will dissipate, resulting in the complete functional breakdown of the western world. Around that same time, the reprobate minds running our world will look for a scapegoat, indeed they're already searching for one, and that scapegoat will be us -- Christians! Our governments will attack us. They will abridge our freedom. They will demand we renounce certain tenets of our religion, if not our total religion outright. They will commit injustices against us - solely because our faith is not congruent with their "political correctness." Indeed, this is already beginning in some places, and it's going to get worse, much worse! By failing to address the real problem, and by attacking the only people who kept society stable (Christians); our governments will only accelerate the social breakdown. Eventually, the social breakdown will be complete. Governments will eventually collapse, plunging the western world into another Dark Age.

What will become of our world after that? I suppose a lot of that is left up to us and our children. Rome didn't fall in a day. It took a couple hundred years for it to happen. Likewise, I wouldn't expect our civilization to collapse overnight. That rarely ever happens. More realistically, the collapse of western civilization will probably take at least another 50 to 100 years. But it will happen. What comes after our world depends a lot on what we do now. If we work on strengthening our personal families, and parish communities, we will be ready to rebuild. This means we have to start being good Catholics and obeying the Church's teachings on everything from artificial birth-control to a regular monthly tithe. It means sanctifying our homes with ritual prayer, and attending mass, vespers and confession at least once a week. The monasteries of Europe saved the sciences and laws of western civilization once before, they can do so again.

The threats that we will most probably encounter in the world of tomorrow will probably range from the advance of Islam, to the general instability of our own population. As governments fall (and they most probably will fall), people will once again turn to the only institution still standing -- the Church. By that I mean the Catholic Church, because Protestant bodies are so dependent on civil governments that they will probably fall right along with them. I suspect some Protestant bodies will remain, but not in the size and influence they once had. Make no mistake about it, from the ashes of western civilization, new nations shall emerge, along with new governments to rule them. What those nations and governments of tomorrow will look like depend a lot on how strong the Catholic Church is in our own families and communities today. Our obedience and fidelity right now will plant the seeds for our children's future.