We woke up yesterday to the tragic news of a deranged shooter attempting to kill a few Congressional Republicans. The fault of this tragedy doesn’t fall on those anti-gun leftists and Soviet-supporting Marxists who supported Bernie Sanders. We are to blame.
We have personalized our political, partisan, racial idolatries to the point we have elevated them to Divine Law. Our “my truth” has replaced God’s Law as the ultimate truth. We blame and hate those who oppose and disagree with those things we have made into idols.
James Hodgkinson, yesterday’s shooter, turned his political beliefs into his idols. Right or wrong, being a socialistic anti-Republican was paramount over God’s Law. He then acted on his truth.
But are the rest of us any different in how we worship our idols?
We worship the flag as if America is perfect and can do no wrong.
We worship our preferred identity as if it is somehow superior to others because of its historical circumstances.
We worship non-existent genders not known to science.
And we worship our political parties because we’ve told ourselves they’re always better than “those other guys.”
Now is not the time to blame this tragedy on some nebulous “gun violence” or blame “leftist ideology.” We should be engaging in some serious introspection and blame ourselves.
If those of us on the Right, particularly those of us in the conservative Christian Church, want to defeat secular humanism and its moral relativism, feeling nothing for our opponents when they’re hurt – viewing personal beliefs and ourselves as if they are better than those with whom we disagree – isn’t the way.
Our truth is not our opposition to leftism or secular humanism. That’s what it is when it becomes an idolatry.
In order to restore biblical morality and ethics to the public square and to the law, we must live God’s Truth first. We must consistently apply God’s Law in every area of life, regardless of who our supporters and opponents are, for God’s Law governs the whole creative order. It is common grace that allows all mankind to experience the benefits of God’s Law of Liberty.
In our idolatrous sin, we are telling God, “I don’t need your law; ‘my truth’ can make my life and society better without you.” The Church believes there is only one Truth, but it is not a partisan special interest with conventional opponents.
Our only real opponent is Satan himself. When we succumb to our idolatries, we are succumbing to Satan’s lie that he has power and control over us and that we can become gods ourselves.
Our over-personalized, self-important idolatries open the door to violence and tragedy. It corrupts and permeates the national culture of any society that has turned its back on God.