Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The Meat Grinder
"For I am the Lord, I do not change…" ― Malachi 3:6
A Christian view of history is linear; it has a beginning, a middle and an end, all of which are created and controlled by God. History is going somewhere because history is His-story. Thus, history has real meaning and purpose. In man's history the providence and judgment of God meet the obedience or rebellion of man. What we think of the meaning of history ultimately tells us what we think of the meaning of life and it points us to the source of salvation. "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
In a Marxian or "progressive" view (as held by our current administration), history is but the machine that drives us forward in an evolutionary process to a new and improved society. Individual people are but small parts of this process―they are the fuel―and sometimes they are detrimental to the process. What is past is old; what is old must be discarded as obsolete and useless. Historical events and institutions might have served their purpose at the time but now they have become worthless and are dumped into what Marx referred to as "the trash can of history." This historical process is the engine of salvation, and thus progressives idolize the process, turning it into a god. "Fundamental change" is essential in order to move us to the next level toward perfection. Since everything is changing, including values [there is no unchanging God in this system], then everything is permissible and the ends always justify the means.
Like its biological counterpart, social evolution assumes "progress" without a definition of progress. This is a form of religious determinism that doesn't simply say, "what will be, will be," but rather says, "whatever is, is necessarily better." New is always better than old. It's assumed that this "progress" is built into the system, but it's these assumptions that must be questioned. An impersonal universe possesses no ideals and thus "progress" is indefinable and impossible. Chaos rules the day. Easy come, easy go. History becomes little more than a meaningless meat grinder and we are the meat.