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Evacuation from Dunkirk: a continuation of my open letter to San Diego Social Conservatives

Posted on Friday, June 13, 2014

My first letter drew some discussion on my Facebook page. That is great. I am glad.

Kirk Jorgenson is not the subject of discussion here. I like Kirk. He ran a good and honorable campaign. A lot of you worked hard for him. I respect that.

Evacuation at Dunkirk June 1940
But now that particular battle is over. We have metaphorically evacuated from Dunkirk. We are safely in the British Isles. Let us regroup and think about our next move.

The enemy holds such a commanding position on the legal and political battlefield that direct combat on that field of battle is highly unlikely to be successful. The Democratic Party, with its commitment to the whole Sexual Revolutionary Agenda, has a super-majority in the CA state legislature. Sexual Revolutionaries control the courts, in California, the federal courts, and at the US Supreme Court.

All of this means the Revolutionaries can change the rules to suit themselves. They already have been changing the rules, in case you haven’t noticed. They like the thin veneer of legality. But they have the power to do what they want.

Increasingly, Sexual Revolutionaries control the CA Republican Party. I realize that this was the turf that some of you had marked out for yourselves in the Jorgenson campaign. It was a noble ambition to try to keep the Sexual Revolutionaries from taking control of the Republican Party in California. I do not think this goal, noble as it is, was within our power to achieve.  And now, it is clear that it is not within our power to achieve.

Leading your troops onto the battlefield to get slaughtered is not leadership. Doing it once is a forgivable mistake. Doing it multiple times, not so much.

It does not follow from this, however, that we should all go home and give up. This seems to be what some of you think. “If we are not engaged in politics, we are not engaged in anything meaningful. If we leave the field to the enemy, we are giving up entirely. We must fight to the last man, no matter the odds. God wills it.”

This is where I profoundly disagree. I think we have allowed ourselves to be lured onto the battlefield that is controlled by the enemy. We have left behind the turf where we can win.

Actually, “fighting” is the wrong metaphor. Yes, I realize that I am using military analogies. I even put up WWII photos. Spiritual combat is a real thing: Paul the Apostle told us about it long ago. So have many other wise thinkers through the ages.  But I think we should not think of ourselves as fighting other people in our culture.

Why? Two reasons, one observable in the natural world, one visible only through spiritual eyes. In the natural order, I will speak candidly. We should not think about “fighting” our enemies, because our enemies are meaner than we are. We will lose, when we play on that turf.  If it is a question of being mean, or fighting, the Christian will always lose. This is the insight that led Nietzsche to condemn Christianity as a “slave morality.”

But the German philosopher/madman was only half-right. Christians are programmed to not fight, to turn the other cheek and to be detached from the things of this world. That is all true.

Where he was wrong is that none of that makes us slaves. We are actually freer than our fellow citizens, locked as they are inside their guilty consciences, their resentments, their sexual obsessions and addictions.

The chaste students with whom I have had the privilege of working over the years at the Ruth Institute have demonstrated this to me. Our students are not involved in all the drama and angst that consumes so many of their peers. Our students are in command of themselves. Hence they are free.

So what is this battlefield that isn’t a battlefield? What is this comparative advantage that we Christians have that our opponents do not have? Where is this field where we have a chance of winning? We must look to the spiritual realm to answer that question.

Which we will do in my next post.

Jennifer Roback Morse Ph.D. is founder and president of the Ruth Institute. You can get involved with the Ruth Institute by signing up for our free e-newsletter.

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