A Spiritual War is Upon Us

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By now, only a comatose person is unaware of the cultural and political divisions in our country.  But just how did American society devolve into factions of people who hate each other?

America was formed as a single nation but grew into the republic that it is today through an influx of many peoples who all shared a common set of Christian beliefs (hence our national motto: e pluribus unum). But in the current era, our cohesion as a nation is being trampled underfoot. It is being spat upon by the rabid partisans of culture and politics for whom our erstwhile unity seems to be a national sin.

While there are many contributing factors to this problem, the main reason, I believe, is that we are in a spiritual war. And it is one that we cannot afford to sit out.

A different type of division

Sad as the current political and cultural chaos is, America has seen these divisions before. The moral issue of slavery divided this republic early on. We ended up fighting a Civil War to resolve the division and maintain the unity of our nation. Abraham Lincoln even stated in his Second Inaugural Address that the blood shed during the Civil War was a kind of sacrificial atonement for the sin of slavery. Think about that. It is a striking statement.  Lincoln had a transcendent sense of our nation’s place in history and a fervent belief in spiritual realities.

But America survived that test of national unity. It survived not only because the divide was primarily geographical and could be stitched together, however precariously, after the war, but also because the nation was still held together by a common Christian faith. The majority of Americans at that time still believed in that ‘Old Time Religion.’  They believed in the Ten Commandments, and a code of Christian social mores that, frankly, no longer exists.

The general Christian culture that united Americans in spirit since the time of the Founding Fathers is gone. We may debate the causes of its demise, but the destruction of our cultural/spiritual solidarity is no longer a matter of debate. The only national consensus we can muster now is simply this: “Divided we stand.” The real question hangs in the air: For how long will we remain standing?

A war of the spirit

If politics is downstream of culture, as they say, then, not surprisingly, decades of moral breakdown has produced the rotten fruit of a deeply divided political situation. Politics mirrors the moral split of the nation. This explains why one major political party can advocate what are actually heinous crimes against humanity.

How can a party in a God-fearing nation advocate abortion up to birth and the sale of aborted babies’ organs, to give obvious examples, as a matter of policy and get away with it? The divided culture allows a situation of such evil to exist.  One side actually agrees with the evil and the other side does not have the moral gumption to stop it.

This cultural/political division is evidence of a deeper spiritual war raging in our midst. We may take one current example as typical of the generalized problem. When a political candidate for high office openly practices an unnatural and immoral sexual lifestyle, and then vocally advocates for it by attacking men of faith and claiming that his lifestyle moves him closer to God, we are on the horns of a spiritual problem. It is only a spiritually twisted worldview that allows a politician to speak such blasphemies. But what is even worse is that TIME magazine actually hails this new perverse gospel by featuring the childless, biologically sterile, same-sex partners duo is featured on a front cover.  TIME calls them the “First Family.” This is a mockery of God and nation at every level.

Death by a thousand cuts

Politically, we have just gotten through the obscenity of an investigation whose singular, pernicious intent was to overturn the results of a legitimate national election. The blossoming of investigative politics and the weaponizing of our governmental institutions against political enemies has reached a level of delusional fervor.

Politics is always divisive, but never have we seen this kind of malfeasance before in our great country. Our constitutional republic is dying a death by a thousand cuts. And it is being administered by those who have renounced God and unashamedly serve a pantheon of false gods. There is a deep spiritual evil at the core of this campaign of destruction. We must never forget this.

Two causes of the malaise

In spiritual terms we are in a war for souls, expressed most potently by two forces of destruction. The first and greatest cause of the spiritual war is the introduction of relativistic thinking and the deliberate destruction of truth.

Today even the mainstream media twists and distorts the truth in ways that would make the Father of Lies blush. Satan must be proud of his servants in the media. Our public educational and university systems aren’t helping as they also propagate this ideological corruption.  They teach new generations of Americans to become comfortable with lies and delusions. And the political culture that benefits from the generalized ignorance of society reinforces those lies whenever possible.

Our rabid abortion culture is the second force of destruction. The sacredness of life and the dignity of the human person are very literally torn to pieces in a spiritual war. The institutions of death are aided and abetted by the cult of celebrity personalities, who use their influence to strengthen these evils. Family life has been shattered and degraded by systematic forces that militate against the divine institution of the family.

Demonic chaos

Division, lies, political and cultural violence, the defamation of all that is sacred – this is an inventory of diabolical destruction. It is demonic chaos worked into a highly destructive system. We have all been affected by the spiritual/cultural destruction of our nation.  And none of us can be neutral about it. We must all be involved in the solution.

In 1776 Ben Franklin noted, with an ironic twist, that the signers of the Declaration of Independence were taking a huge risk by separating themselves from England to create this new nation: “We must all hang together, or most assuredly we will all hang separately.” He meant, of course, the stakes of resistance against the reigning power were high – life or death. Only a solidarity of purpose among the colonists would accomplish their purpose against all odds.

We turn to prayer

Ben Franklin’s insight can be applied to our day with no less irony. Yes, there is a reigning enemy that wishes to tear us apart, but this time our enemy is not attacking us from sea or land – the enemy is within. Spiritual evils always work that way: they infiltrate through human corruption. Evil sets up shop in the darkest recesses of culture and politics. Evil works its devastation by stealth until it is too late to stop the decline of whatever it is attacking.

But, thankfully, it is not too late to stop the cultural and spiritual slide of this great nation into oblivion. The destruction is rampant and systemic, but the God-fearing American spirit has not died. It is still vibrant among us and seeks a way to restore the spiritual unity we have lost.

Certainly we must do all we can to participate in the political process. But above all, we must get on our knees and fight a spiritual battle with spiritual weapons. Every single American can pray. It is the most effective action we can take to bring America back to its senses. Prayer reminds us that although we cannot defeat a potent spiritual evil by human power, God’s power can. There is nothing God is unable to do with a people united in prayer.

A simple plan for solidarity

Take a moment to do your own spiritual inventory.  Then re-dedicate yourself to praying for our nation in a way you have never prayed before. Consider:

  • If these evils have come upon our nation by our negligence in upholding the moral law, we ask God for the grace to wake up and be ready to change our personal and family culture for the better;
  • If these evils have entered into our society through our own sinful habits, we need to repent and turn back to God’s Law;
  • If these evils have come from the malice of the people leading our cultural and political institutions, we need to stand in spiritual solidarity against them, vote them out, and demand reform.

While action is a necessary part of living in a democratic nation, prayer is more important and more effective. It is not too late to save the gift that is America. But will we not save it if we do not recognize the nature of the warfare. It is time to “hang together” spiritually to overcome a powerful foe. Prayer can strengthen us for the spiritual battle and can restore hope and unity. Prayer will restore our great nation.

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26 thoughts on “A Spiritual War is Upon Us”

  1. Mr. Darcy’s article is well taken and I find little to quibble about.

    The one thing which has repeatedly struck me when abortion is the subject is the lack of reference to the root cause. If sex was not the national past time and our behavior the envy of rabbits everywhere, the ratio of birth to death would be quite a bit less.

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  5. Timothy the lesser

    And when I say a fair tax code, I have worked in finance for over 20 years, and is this unfair that millionaires and billionaires pay 15% capital gains tax rate on their earnings when hard-working middle class and upper middle class peoples income is taxed at ordinary income rates by 25, 30% or more, that is unfair. The same with Trump and his real estate buddies who depreciate the values of assets to pay no income taxes… I pay my fair share, everyone should, income is income and should all be taxed at your rate regardless of the type of income that it is

  6. Timothy the lesser

    As I stated I will hold my nose and vote for Trump again if only to get more pro-life judges on the supreme Court. I always vote pro-life. But if you can read Matthew 25 and honestly say that the Republican party fully supports the gospel of Christ, good for you…

  7. “If these evils have come from the malice of the people leading our cultural and political institutions, we need to stand in spiritual solidarity against them, vote them out, and demand reform.” Given Darcy’s criteria, which third party do we vote into power?

  8. Timothy the lesser

    While I agree we are in a spiritual war and must all be prayer warriors, this type of political partisan attack is what alienates good people. To call the Muelller report ” the obscenity of an investigation whose singular, pernicious intent was to overturn the results of a legitimate national election” is pure partisan rhetoric. Clearly there was Russian interference in the election and should have been investigated. Trumps cronies were shady met with Russians and that was worth looking into. Robert Mueller is a devout Christian who attends church and bible study. He is not the enemy. Yes abortion is the number one issue of our time, Life and death of innocence; so I will vote for a pro-life president every time even the immoral clown we have today. But no party has all the answers and Catholic virtues cut ac cross political parties. Support for the poor, fair taxes, immigration and healthcare are all good things. But yes Catholics should hold our nose and vote for the pro-life president because that’s the most important issue. But lets not make the guy out to be a saint or those who are misguided enough to vote against life as evil when they focus on other Christian virtues. No party has all the right answers and my loyalty is to the Church that Christ founded. This type of article simply encourages egregious comments like the one attacking the USCCB. Christ founded the church and will be with it until the end of time. We are in a culture war and we need to convert the culture. Politics in this country follow the culture; not the other way around…

    1. “But no party has all the answers…” Except God Himself. But one party in particular has cornered the market on immorality. “Catholic virtues cut across political parties.” Do they? “Support for the poor…” Meaning a bloated welfare state? “Fair taxes…” Meaning ever higher taxes that chase away jobs and investment? “Immigration and healthcare…” Meaning wide-open borders, allowing alien residents both legal and illegal to vote (give me a list of countries which allow this practice!), and at least semi-socialized health care, which invariably drives down quality and availability (Canadians are streaming south for treatment that they either can’t get, or can’t access in a timely manner at home)? “To call the Muelller report ‘the obscenity of an investigation…(etc)’ is pure partisan rhetoric.” No, it’s pure truth, which should be obvious from its lack of results and the utter shock within the Democratic camp with which it was greeted. I’m sorry, sir, but you sound like a shill for the Democratic Party. You’ve swallowed too many of the lies to which this article has alluded.

  9. This is one of those periods in history (and in many countries) that the forces of evil momentarily take influence and/or control. This too shall pass. Whether it is by violence through a civil war, or by conversion through a mass return to basic moral principles of whatever religion or denomination is pretty much up to us. Right now, it would appear that the winner is unclear and that alone should give us great pause.

  10. Some observations
    From before its very founding America was religiously diverse. The Native Americans had their own religious beliefs. Some of the African slaves were Muslims. Jewish synagogues trace their origins to the colonial era. New England Puritans did not consider Catholics as Christians at all referring to the Church as the “Whore of Babylon” and the Pope as the “antichrist.” A good portion of the Founding Fathers were Deists (including Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson) who rejected many Christian and Catholic beliefs. Many Founding Fathers were specifically anti-Catholic. Our country was founded as much on the Enlightenment as it was on Christianity.

    1. JOEJOEMCGEE:

      Your comment describes the variations in belief among the founders of the U.S., and so far as that goes, you are correct.

      However, they did NOT vary in the relevant ways. It is important to notice that ALL the Founders agreed with a premise that, currently, is not defended by any Christian communion except the Catholic Church (and sadly, is not defended by some Catholics); namely, that Natural Law is accessible via right-reasoning apart from revelation, that Natural Law Ethics is in fact, a subset of “The Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” that the Aristotelian Thomistic tradition of Virtue Ethics is largely correct, and that Human Positive Law is only valid provided that it does not act contrary to Natural Law.

      Now, all the Founding Fathers, whether Deist or Anglican or Quaker, agreed with all of this. It’s one of the reasons why all of them held what only Catholics and more-conservative Evangelicals seem to hold today; namely, that homosexual inclinations are to the sexual instinct as the disorder of pica is to the appetite for food, and that the willful exercise of a perverted faculty is intrinsically evil.

      (The conservative Evangelicals fail to see how this applies to barrier contraception, unfortunately, and thereby miss how both Calvin and Luther rejected artificial contraception as intrinsically perverted. But even so, the more conservative and obedient an Evangelical is, the more often you find him with five or six children: The pro-life attitude remains even when the intellectual understanding is missing.)

      My point is this: A firm adherence to Natural Law in all its implications is a core “plank” of the “platform” of American Civics, and thus served as a unifying ethic from the founding up until America’s civics were eroded by leftism. It was a good thing when America — a largely Protestant country — was largely unified around a core Catholic moral truth. Now that that’s gone, and no alternative unifying ethic has emerged, disunity will result.

  11. The amazing insights of above article ” A Spiritual Warfare is Upon Us” is so true and relevant regarding our world’s ongoing degradation of morals and accepted normalization and socialization of sin. As a writer expounding the truth of God, Darcy is obviously awake, alive and active in his faith, prayer life and relationship with God as a Catholic. We need more such writers. BTW American Christians are blessed to have President – rough around the edges but a warrior for God – Trump who openly and lawfully supports the Christian and pro-Life community unlike, Prime Minister – morally questionable liberal feminist – Trudeau who refuses to provide funding for work placements to students if an organization does not sign a clause supporting abortion in Canada. In a call to arms we all need to to pray, and vote for leaders who are supportive defenders of the Truths of God and not – let us call it for what it is – the frilly-dressed lies of Satan towards the normalization of sin where the final destination with its wide path, lead many to everlasting sorrow and destruction – Hell.

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  13. How can you say that only Christian beliefs are what formed this union? Also, you fail to reveal the one politician with the “bully pulpit” that has heavily influence the division of our nation. That person being Donald Trump! You further omit the fact that in 2017 America declined in morals to the point of causing a Constitutional crisis.

    I can only pray that God exercises his infinite wisdom and saves the nation.

    1. Wait…

      You’re laying this on Donald Trump?? Ok, he’s an asshole, but he comes by it honestly. The “division in our nation” was stoked by the worst president this nation has ever had (and, God willing, will ever have), Barack Hussein Obama. Pull your head out of your ass!

    2. I like the quote by Abraham Lincoln – today we are paying the price for OUR sin of abortion – nursing homes cannot find workers to care for our elderly. Why? Because those workers were aborted. 27% of 1980 pregnancies ended in abortions. Oh, were you the Valedictorian for the class of 1998?! Probably not. Those folks would be 39 years old today. Did the wise prophets of yester-year pray for me-me-me? No they prayed for ALL their people – not just Democrats or Republicans. Why? Because the Lord is perfectly permitted to WIPE US ALL OUT, and he does – how about those 10 tribes of Israel? Are you standing up against Abortion, Infanticide, Euthanasia, Eugenics, Gay “marriage”, Cross Dressing, Body Mutilations, Pot Smoking, Satanic Temples? Do you worship Money, Power, Fame, Education, Beauty, Travel…etc…etc…? Or is God’s Will your only goal? So, while you’re waiting for that diaper changed soon in the nursing home, think about those blogs you thought were so funny, and may the Lord have mercy on your soul. God Bless.

    3. Hi Morgan, just a quick response to your rather odd posting. By your answer, you strike me as a Millennial, so your lack of historical awareness is understandable. America didn’t begin to decline in morals only in 2017 – I believe I made it clear in the article that that’s been happening for decades now!!! It certainly isn’t Mr. Trump’s fault, and in fairness, it was a certain Democrat President before him who brought out the deep divisions of our nation with a vengeance. I wholeheartedly agree with you, however, that we need God to save our nation, and the point of the article was that we must – through prayer – beg Him to intervene. I’ll join you in this project.

    4. “How can you say that only Christian beliefs are what formed this union?” Because our laws were based on the Ten Commandments and because of all of what the founders established.
      “the “bully pulpit” that has heavily influence the division of our nation” that was actually the previous administration who launched a vile hate attack not only on the incoming administration but on all Christians with his policies. “in 2017 America declined in morals to the point of causing a Constitutional crisis.” The nation has been declining in Morals since the 1950’s. Ridding our nation of God and His laws and establishing immoral laws is mostly on the party that supports legalized abortion, legalized sodomy, sanctuary for criminals, and all sorts of other evil that has brought our country to where it is. you cant’t pin this on just the past two years of one man, who by the way, has done more to correct the evils I just mentioned above. HATE comes from the devil and all the hate if coming from the left against the right. Hate Trump all you want, he is doing good for the people who still have good morals and we see it.

    5. You’re right. What did Obama ever do to encourage racism? Certainly nothing like what the incumbent president does to stir up white nationalists. Nor did Obama brag about having had multiple affairs with married woman, say he was sorry for none of them and/or has nothing to ask God forgiveness for as he continued/continues to have affairs with porn stars after marrying his third “wife” and divorcing the first two. If this is anyone’s idea of genuine Christian morality, they need to take a closer look at their own souls — and reality.

  14. And prayer is so easy, isn’t it?! If you are falling short of giving 10% to God right now, why not give Him your prayers? What are your prayers worth – $20/Hr, $30/Hr…$100/Hr? At the Lord’s Currency Exchange, we receive in exchange His 7 Gifts. Danny Thomas’ prayers were exchanged for Saint Luke’s Hospital. Joan of Arc’s prayers saved France. Have Faith in the power of your prayers – Satan surely does.

    1. Joan of Arc’s prayers may have assisted in saving France but whipping a dispirited army into shape and motivating the country’s feckless Dauphin put the required steel in those payers. A lesson for the future?

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