We Are Resurrected
Two days ago, on Good Friday, Pope Francis stated to the Western World that “We are racists, we are racists. And this is bad.” Racism is a form of prejudice, judging others without knowing them, disparaging an entire group of people with one broad stroke. And here was the Pope judging the entire Western World, making sweeping accusations against you and I without knowing us. He was doing what he was accusing the West of doing, prejudging. He has also called capitalism, “the dung of the devil” and said that “poor countries should not be reduced to being providers of raw material and cheap labor for developed countries.” He has adopted both the language and the tactics of the far left, the neo-Marxists, and is using it like modern radicals do – to tear down, not build up, to divide, not unite, in an attempt to create a worldly paradise out of the ruins.
This is very disturbing because one of the founders of modern radicalism, neo-Marxist, Saul Alinsky, made it very clear which side he was on. In his book, Rules for Radical, he wrote, “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical… who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.” As the head of the largest Christian denomination in the world, the Pope is treading on very dangerous ground here. By adopting the language and tactics of the neo-Marxist, he is unwittingly promoting an anti-Christian, anti-God ideology.
Pope Francis has been accused over the years of being not only sympathetic to Communism, but an outright Communist. He has said, “it is the communists who think like Christians. Christ spoke of a society where the poor, the weak and the marginalized have the right to decide. Not demagogues, not Barabbas, but the people, the poor, whether they have faith in a transcendent God or not. It is they who must help to achieve equality and freedom.” He is both marginalizing faith and emphasizing the material world. This is the exact opposite of what Jesus taught us.
The Pope’s Communist leanings belies God himself who gave each human being free will which is antithetical to Communism. If God wanted a Communist dictatorship to rule the world and create social justice, he would snap his fingers, remove free will, eliminate evil, and make everyone equal. The Pope appears to be trapped in this world, caught up in the snares of materialism. That’s what Marxism does – frame everything from the materialist point of view, so people trade their free will for material equity, so they become enslaved by the world without the power to transcend it. They become caught up in the downward spiral of materialism which only results in our physical and spiritual demise.
Everything the devil is trying to accomplish in the world is achieved through neo-Marxism. The devil wants to corrupt children, destroy lives and families, get the world to embrace materialism, deny the truth, and turn their backs on God. Like the devil, the neo-Marxist mixes truth with his lies. He tells you he’s your friend, that he only wants to help you as he subtly nudges you off the right path onto the road to your destruction.
The neo-Marxists are indoctrinating our children to their radical ideologies – Critical Race Theory, Radical Gender Ideology, Modern Sex Education, destroying our families, through no-fault divorces, permissive sexuality, infidelity, unwanted pregnancies, fatherless homes, abortion.
They try to convince us that the answer to our problems comes in the form of a pill that makes us feel better temporarily, that the euphoria of drugs is liberating when all along they are selling you into the slavery of addiction that destroys lives and tears families apart.
They glorify the things of the world – the shiny new car, the big house, the large bank account, the fancy title, telling us that only the things of this world can make us happy, and we can only be fulfilled through pleasure. They promote equity, redistribution of wealth, and reparations which takes material wealth from one person who earned it and gives to another who didn’t, all in the name of fairness and social justice.
They try to convince us that there is no objective truth, and that subjective narratives are edifying. They tell us that morality is relative, that morals are culturally specific, that tolerance is love, and intolerance is the worst sin of all, that there is no right or wrong, and the only wrong is judgement. They tell us that all behavior must be accepted, and even celebrated as they hate those who don’t think like them, ostracizing them from society, preventing them from speaking, calling them names, and giving them no path to forgiveness or redemption.
And this is all done to eliminate God from the world. They try to convince us that God does not exist, that he’s a figment of our imagination while embracing an ambiguous spiritualism which is grounded in their own feelings and emotions. They praise and worship mortal men, not God. They believe that their virtue comes from themselves not God, and they denigrate those who are not as virtuous as they are, believing they can elevate their own virtue by knocking others down.
But on Easter Sunday, we know that no matter how much the devil and those who ascribe to his ideology progress in the world, he has already been defeated. Through his crucifixion, Jesus sacrificed for our sins, through his resurrection, he defeated death, and the prince of death, the devil. Regardless of who is winning the political or cultural battles of the day, we are on the right side of the fight because we are fighting the devil. So, as long as we do not succumb to him, we win. When facing his death, Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” He did not engage in a battle for his life in this world because there is a paradise beyond this world waiting for him, for all of us, because of what Jesus did on Easter morning.
Judd Garrett is a graduate from Princeton University, and a former NFL player, coach, and executive. He has been a contributor to the website Real Clear Politics. He has recently published his first novel, No Wind.