The gloomy, but accurate, words forming today’s title were penned by Damon Linker in “How Ireland’s gay marriage vote exposes the catch-22 of modern Christianity“.
That equality always wins is our predicament. It wasn’t always true, and since there is no force more destructive, it won’t always be true, either. And since those of us alive now are fated to suffer its ill effects, it is our duty to catalog its calamitous consequences in the service of future generations.
So, gmarriage never made much progress until one of its proponents hit upon the happy idea of calling it “marriage equality”. How can one stand against equality? One can’t. The Western mind has little or no resistance against any argument phrased in terms of equality. Hearing it creates a fog. It is the slayer of sanity. That any thing or situation should be unequal is intolerable, even if in inequality is impossible to remove, or even if removing it causes more harm than good.
Linker, though he doesn’t know it, poor soul, is right when he diagnoses the Egalitarian Virus as a corruption of Christianity, though of course he doesn’t see it as a bug of that man-made religion, but as a feature.
As I suggested in a column back in February 2014, the movement for gay marriage appeals to the ideal of equality — and the ideal of equality originated with Jesus Christ, “who taught the equal dignity of all persons, and declared in the Sermon on the Mount that the last shall be first and the first shall be last, and that the meek shall inherit the earth.” As I also noted, “These are among the most subversive teachings ever uttered — and … Western civilization has been working out their logic for the better part of two millennia, as political communities have applied Christ’s egalitarian teachings in stricter and stricter terms.”
That paragraph demonstrates the horrors of replacing thought with ideology. If the meek inherit the earth, then the meek will have something the non-meek don’t. Inequality. If the last are first, then they become first and the first last, another inequality.
Egalitarian Christians always manage to forget the parable of the talents (a clever pun in English). “For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.” Inequality is built right into the system.
And there are many more examples. Just as there are in real life. Some people are men, others women. Inequality. Some are tall and some short. Inequality. Some smart, some dumb. Inequality. Some born yesterday, some today; some born there, some here. Inequalities. Trying to eliminate inequality is like passing laws to forbid mountains (one area of land towers above another, you see).
But Linker’s right about one thing: political communities have applied egalitarian teachings in stricter and stricter terms. And will continue to do so. Linker: “we live in a culture in which reformers who successfully claim the mantle of equality inevitably triumph — because those who oppose equality find it impossible to gain public traction for their own side of the argument.”
That’s right, too. The only mistake is to cheer on this murderous force.
Equality always wins. And when it does, the victory is in a very real sense a triumph for the moral teachings of Jesus Christ, whether or not the reformers view their efforts in religious terms. No institution — not even a church founded in Christ’s name — can withstand the subversive power of his message. Confronted by critics preaching equality, defenders of the institution’s authority and traditions invariably end up sounding like modern-day Pharisees upholding abstract rules and ancient privileges against a gospel of love and universal dignity. It’s fruitless.
Except for the falsity (and absurdity) of claiming the “moral teachings” of our Lord are egalitarian, Linker’s on the money again. The institutional Church cannot stand against Equality. And what cannot stand, won’t. It will crumble, like in Ireland, everywhere equality is embraced. It’s not that it will fall everywhere—that’s guaranteed not to happen—but it will in many places.
There is only one weapon against Equality, only one force which stops it, just one lance sharp enough to pierce its black heart. Inequality. The sooner that it is taken up, the better.