Dear Editor: Anyone with a sense of the Christian paradoxical, the light of truth spoken by Our Lord throughout the Gospels and replicated rhetorically by luminaries like Chesterton and Lewis, knows that there is no greater foolhardiness than a mind seeking to prove its intelligence or greater cruelty than a life trying to prove benevolence.
Yet we cannot help easily forgetting this Christian wisdom, even when common sense indicates that pride can never find truth and mere sentiment is in no way sacrificial.
Secular journalists agitate the same Pharisaic forces with which Our Lord had to contend. They can assume the moral high ground because they pander to the same group-think moral sloth that emotes moral outrage without actually requiring moral life that accommodates the vanity of the well-educated.
Targetting President Trump as a symbol of iniquity has been particularly easy given media’s power to manufacture illusions of sentiment-based moral weight influencing those wanting to limit their sense of evil from their everyday conjecture of how the moral universe works where they can identify evil as exclusive to what they label “the right.” Liberal dominance over popular culture is so complete they can trample the lives of millions of pre-born and treat those who suffer anguish for the victims as idiosyncratic fanatics, a successful Orwellian reversal of a sober knowledge of evil.
It is disappointing whenever Christians are taken in by anti-Christian progressive culture. A recent letter writer takes for granted a liberal laundry list of accusations towards Trump without exercising the honorability of providing any evidence. He ignores Trump’s thousands of acts of personal charity; yet he calls Trump morally bankrupt. He appears to disfavor Trump’s numerous actions to save the lives of the unborn by dismissing them as personal cynicism to accommodate “the political right” from whom he scornfully disassociates himself.
He emphasizes his venom towards Trump by describing his belief in the moral perfection of Pope Francis as the anti-Trump, despite alarmed concerns by many Catholics around the world that Pope Francis has been relativizing moral absolutes and indulging effusive praise of multiple prominent pro-aborts with full knowledge of their avocation. European governments that are now liberalizing their euthanasia laws to allow murder are thanking Pope Francis for his refusal to uphold Catholic doctrine against euthanasia as an absolute.
The unchanging absolutes of God’s natural law, always and everywhere innate to our hearts and minds when we are being honest to God, is most luminous when we recognize that right is right no matter who is right or how few are right, and wrong is wrong no matter who is wrong or how many are wrong.