I don’t want to sound melodramatic, but in some ways today is analogous to what 9/11/01 was in terms of its effect on our worldviews.
There are more than a few people who were liberal on 9/10/01 and are now hawkish neocons. That day shattered our notion that we were safe. We could have seen it coming – considering the Khobar towers, the previous WTC bombings, the attack on the USS Cole – but those things were so easy to ignore. It was easy to shut our eyes and not notice. But after 9/11/01 we couldn’t ignore it anymore. The barbarians were at the gate and we had to take notice. They’d been there for a while, but now they had our attention. Liberals became conservative, and isolationist paleocons turned into interventionist neocons.
What effect will Terri Schiavo’s death have on the conservative Christian worldview?
Before today (plus or minus the last two weeks), it was possible to pretend that things were OK. Bush beat Gore and then Kerry. Janet Jackson said she was sorry and the Superbowl halftime show was cleaned up a little. Fox News is more popular than CNN, and “under God” is still in the Pledge. Congress even passed a law against partial birth abortion. Nice and comfy. Proud to be an American, right?
Of course, the evidence was there for anyone who looked. 46 million abortions in 32 years, for starters. Two babies killed _every single minute_.
Divorce is really high. Sodomy is legal, by court order, as is sodomite “marriage”. Idolatry and paganism are legally protected, enshrined in our precious Constitution. I could chronicle a list of woes in American society, but there’s not much need. We all know what goes on that list.
Will we conservative Christians have the same kind of “paradigm shift” that many Americans had on 9/11/01?
When those towers fell, we saw the world differently. Maybe I’m overreacting, but when Terri Schiavo died of thirst, I saw the world differently.
* I see a nation that recognizes no higher authority than “we the people” and the laws we make.
* I see an executive and legislature dominated by the judiciary.
* I see a Republican party unable or unwilling to act effectively. Janet Reno was willing to defy the courts and seize Elian Gonzales to send him back to a communist state, but nobody was willing to defy Judge Greer and save Terri Schiavo. I see that the lesser of two evils is still not good. I see that I didn’t even get half a loaf. I see that I voted to win, but still lost.
* I see a fallen, godless culture. I see a culture that doesn’t need to be engaged or transformed. It needs to be supplanted, replaced, defeated, destroyed.
What do you see?