12/18/16 – CHEYENNE, WY: The contradiction of God’s joy can be sensed when ugliness mocks beauty, deceit twists truth, and evil defies goodness. But I believe God’s Heaven can be intuited through the triad of beauty, truth, and goodness.
As primary colors refract from pure light, so do those three fundamentals emanate from the divine Light of the World, who came into a world darkened by sin and death. Just as Catherine of Siena said that “all the way to Heaven is already Heaven for those who love the Lord,” so is the path to Hell already Hell for those who deliberately reject him.
If boredom is the chief quality of Hell, it is significant that when Jesus walked through this world, some people loved him so much that they were willing to die for him, and others hated him so much that they were willing to and did kill him, but I don’t believe that anyone ever found Him boring.
Our nation has gone through a long moral darkness, dimming awareness of human dignity and the sacredness of life. There is no doubt in my mind that if the recent election had gone the other way, the downward spiral of our culture would have continued.
There may be some glimmer of dawn in recent executive nominations. The next Secretary for Health and Human Services has a one-hundred percent approval rating from the National Pro-Life Committee, the new Attorney General is a protector of religious liberty, and the future Secretary of Defense is a champion of the persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
No mention of those suffering Christians was made in the recent presidential proclamation of Human Rights Day, and the hellish massacre of dozens of Coptic Christians in Cairo last week received scant attention, and less outrage. That will change soon, and there is hope for the Supreme Court.
While I am not naïve about politics, I think the darkness of our times may be a sign that a dawn awaits. Whatever that means for our culture, the dawn has always shone on the Christian Church and “the darkness has never overcome it” (John 1:5).