Barbarians at the Gate

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Wednesday, May 10, 2017 2 comments

by David Odegard

As you begin reading this blog post, you may think that this is hyperbolic rhetoric. But as you read and see where this heads, I think you’ll begin to see that there is much reality in this posting in today’s world.

It is apparent that Europe is falling into chaos. Bands of rapists plague Germany and Sweden; there are areas of Islamic concentration where police and citizens cannot go. They are imposing the barbaric values of Islam on the people within their reach. Furthermore, few European leaders seem to have grasped the cause of the strife; they stumble over themselves in haste to justify or exonerate the refugees. If they can’t even identify it, how can they possibly curb the violence?

As a response, there are several extreme right wing groups forming in France, Germany, Norway, and Sweden who are training in violence. Haven’t we seen this play before? It ends in blood.

We are witnessing with our own eyes the people of Venezuela dissolving in the socialist hell they created. People are dying! Starvation, madness, revolt! But in America, Bernie is still cool. “Let’s continue to lead the U.S. down the socialist alley and let’s also import more barbarians, in addition to those we are creating on college campuses. Let’s make sure that Americans no longer have their guns.”

Let’s face it: Europe and America have accepted a purely naturalistic way of viewing the world. They believe in scientism. We believe in only matter; there is no ultimate meaning in the universe. We are only cosmic accidents, an arrangement of star-material which has delusions of grandeur. The atheist Bertram Russell put it this way (as quoted in JP Moreland’s Kingdom Triangle):
“That man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve an individual life beyond the grave; that all the labors of the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius, are destined to extinction in the vast death of the solar system, and that the whole temple of man’s achievement must inevitably be buried beneath the debris of a universe in ruins.”

The naturalist’s, or the believer in scientism’s, response to the barbarians at the gate is to say, “What does it matter if they get in? We are all dead eventually anyway!” This suicidal resolve is everywhere on display.

The postmodern person hears the barbarians banging on the gate and mutters, “Tis the wind, only this and nothing more.” They redefine reality to suit themselves. People scream in their faces that the barbarians are at the gate to which the smile politely and say, “That’s your truth,” and go back to the backgammon game.

The liberal seems to be so happy that the barbarians have come because they think they are getting rescued from the evil clutches of capitalism. They have been howling for more barbarism. They stomp their feet if anyone tries to tell them they can no longer murder the unborn in their ritual of selfishness. They applaud lawlessness and set up sanctuary cities for them. For several months they have been looting and pillaging the country wearing either ISIS costumes or crocheted uterus hats. Don’t cry for me, Venezuela!

The liberals ensure that if a student going into college isn’t a barbarian that they become one before they graduate; because the world needs technologically advanced barbarians. Higher education is nothing more than an indoctrination center. Almost all of the professors are leftist; most committees do not even have one conservative representative. Any view that is not in harmony with secularism, scientism, socialism is at best ignored, but more often than not it is mocked and jeered and recently—silenced by violence—in America, people. Civil discourse is gone on college campuses in the US.

Are you awake?

All the while, those Christians who still reverence the Bible (and they are disappearing), are screaming in the face of a dimwitted society that has been educated by the state for compliance, not critical thinking. We clang our church bells, screaming, “Wake up! The barbarians are here! Clang, clang. They will sell our children into slavery. Clang, clang. They will rape our wives and daughters. Clang. They will kill and plunder us. Clang, clang.” But we scream into the wind.

You may think that this is hyperbolic rhetoric, but it is the really real reality of Europe, right now. Furthermore, Christians are the only voice saying, “Stop murdering the unborn.” This isn’t even a hard concept.

Augustine may have been shocked that God allowed the barbarians to sack Rome in the 5th century, but post-evangelicals and liberal Christians have gone back to sleep. Meanwhile, those who have not bowed their knees to Baal are fully awake. We have seen this play before. It is a tragedy. There will be blood.

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Anonymous said...

David, you are not alone. I am right there beside you, clanging the church bells and screaming desperately into the wind.

Common sense dictates that civilized nations simply cannot import and create home-grown barbarians and expect their civilizations to remain civilized. Likewise, they cannot open their borders and throw wide their arms to the offspring of barbaric cultures, religions, and political ideologies and honestly expect the incoming barbarians to act like anything other than barbarians. How can civilized nations follow in the mass-migration policy footsteps (or shall I say “missteps”) of globalist-controlled France, Germany, Sweden, Holland, etc. and honestly expect different and BETTER results? “That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). History repeats itself.

Some will hear and listen, but sadly, many who self-identify as Christians these days are just too busy " heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons" (1 Timothy 4:1). They’re tuned into feel-good sermons and “Christianized” New Age self-improvement teachings that tickle their itching ears. The true Jesus of the bible has been repealed and replaced with the comfortable, personalized "Jesus" of their vain imaginations.

Watchmen on the wall cry out, "We're being deceived! Wolves in sheep's clothing have infiltrated the church! False doctrines are spreading like wildfire! We need to test the spirits! God's Word says ___!" Complete silence. Nothing. The lukewarm Church of Laodicea has arrived.

David Odegard said...

Powerful. Thank you.