I recently read a persuasive article that posited we are living in revolutionary times. Since persuasive falls short of conclusive, we can still hope that Angelo Codevilla’s thesis is proved false. However, the events of 2015 to the present provide credible evidence that something fundamental has changed within our Republic. If these changes are indeed revolutionary in nature then the question of how the Christian Church should respond becomes of paramount importance.
To begin, here is how Mr. Codevilla defines the revolution which he claims our nation is experiencing.
The 2008 financial crisis sparked an incipient revolution. Previously, Americans dissatisfied with their Progressive rulers had imagined that voting for Republicans might counter them. But then, as three-fourths of Americans opposed bailing out big banks with nearly a trillion dollars, the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates joined; most Republican legislators joined all Democrats; The Wall Street Journal joined The New York Times, and National Review joined The Nation; in telling Americans that doing this was essential, and that their disapproval counted for nothing. And then, just as high-handedly, all these bipartisan rulers dropped that bailout scheme, and adopted another—just as unaccountably. They showed “government by the people, for the people” to be a fable.
This forced the recognition that there exists a remarkably uniform, bipartisan, Progressive ruling class; that it includes, most of the bureaucracies of federal and state governments, the judiciary, the educational establishment, the media, as well as major corporate officials; that it had separated itself socially, morally, and politically from the rest of society, whose commanding heights it monopolized; above all that it has contempt for the rest of America, and that ordinary Americans have no means of persuading this class of anything, because they don’t count.
As the majority of Americans have become conscious of the differences between this class and themselves they have sought ever more passionately to shake it off. That is the ground of our revolution.
Although we need not accept this theory of revolutionary times, we should consider that it is a credible possibility. In that case, the Christian Church should be thinking hard and long about how it should engage with the chaos and challenges of such a time.