In recent days, a number of commentators have compared the year 2020 with 1968 (for my article, see here). But we have not discussed the larger cultural shift that took place as a result of the counterculture revolution of the ’60s. In short, what was extreme and fringe in that generation became mainstream in the next generation. Put another way, radicals like Bill Ayers of the Weathermen (who bombed buildings in their anti-war protests) became university professors and even mentors of a president (meaning Barack Obama). Who saw this coming?
Do you think that radical, anti-family feminists in groups like W.I.T.C.H. imagined a world where legalized abortion would snuff out 60 million lives in the womb? (W.I.T.C.H. stood for the Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell—I kid you not—and was founded in 1969.)
Do you think that the 1969 Stonewall Inn rioters, hurling bricks at police and their cars and chanting, “gay power” and “We want freedom now” envisioned the day when the Supreme Court would change the very meaning of marriage? (Remember that these gay rioters tended to despise marriage as an antiquated, patriarchal institution.) Do you think the transvestite prostitute protesters envisioned the day when university campuses and big businesses would marginalize you if you didn’t affirm transgender activism?
In 2000, I wrote a mini-book called The Jesus Manifesto. Looking back at some of the opening lines, it sounds almost quaint today. “The last generation’s counterculture of rebellion has become this generation’s establishment of revulsion, and what was unthinkable 30 years ago—daytime talk shows celebrating adultery and incest, homosexual love scenes on major network TV, 11- year-old multiple murderers, massacres in our schools and houses of worship—is a matter of course today. We need a revolution!”
Of course, the “revolution” of which I spoke was a gospel-based moral and cultural revolution, changing hearts and lives and thereby changing the society. But if that was true in the year 2000, it is much truer in the year 2020, when we stand on the precipice of an even more dangerous cultural shift.
I’m talking about the rise of mobocracy where the most radical elements of society forcefully impose their will on everyone else.
I’m talking about the “safe space” culture of the college campuses (with enforced speech codes—even thought codes—and severe penalties for every violation) becoming the national norm.
I’m talking about an even more extreme shift to the left, but this time, under mob patrol.
I’m talking about the current culture of The New York Times, where the publishing of a contrary opinion piece leads to outrage and overhaul in the editorial department, becoming the national norm. (So much for differing opinions!)
As expressed by Alexandra Desanctis on the National Review, “The result is ideological servitude, a society in which a culturally powerful, tyrannical minority owns the voice of every person willing to go along.” And woe be to you if do you not agree to go along.
Of course, many of us have been warning about this for years. (When it comes to gay activism, I started warning 15 years ago that those who came out of the closet wanted to put us—meaning, Bible-based conservatives—in the closet.)
But now, with the tragic death of George Floyd, the radical activists have seized their moment. You must kneel, or else! You must embrace our agenda, or you will be trampled underfoot! You must bow down, or we will force you to bow!
If you don’t shout “Black Lives Matter” loudly enough or demonstrate sufficient guilt (in particular, for having white skin), you will lose your job. Or your credibility. Or your peace.
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SOURCE: Charisma News