“If Satan should ever replace God he would find it necessary to assume the attributes of Divinity.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Double Star
Whenever and wherever evil occurs in the world, questions of “theodicy” arise among some religious adherents. Theodicy attempts to defend God’s goodness and omnipotence in light of the existence of evil. Why do bad things happen to good people, the question goes. (To which a Lutheran might reply, “Trick question! There are no good people!”) There are various schools of thought and debate, rekindled with every hurricane, tsunami, earthquake, act of terror and mass shooting.
One can feel helpless watching tragedy unfold on social media, and the desire to have someone to blame while struggling through that experience is understandable. Still, the quick and completely uninformed rush to politicize the tragedy struck some as ghoulish and juvenile.
But what if journalists — some of whom just yesterday were admitting they know “close to zero” Christians — don’t have a religious or even non-political vocabulary for use in such tragedies? Perhaps we politicize everything in part because we have lost any understanding of the world as fallen and out of our control. It would explain both the social mobs who police every utterance and the quick rush to find meaning in a corporation’s tragedy based on how many billions of dollars it has received in federal subsidies over the last few decades.
So instead of contemplating how fleeting and out of our control life can be, we instead begin with the question, “Why do bad things happen to good administrations?” (“Trick question!” the conservative or libertarian might respond. “There are no good administrations!”) The theodicy of federal government requires an explanation that defends the goodness of government control or subsidies into the given sphere. So just as some religious groups might blame a weather event on insufficient fealty to the relevant god, some progressives blame — before the National Transportation Safety Board has even shown up on site to investigate the cause of a crash — insufficient fealty, sacrifice and offerings to the relevant god of federal government.
Yes, it’s annoying how some progressives politicize everything. But if it’s understood as a sort of primitive religious reaction to confusion about holy government’s many failures, it at least helps explain why they do it.
Some people, at least, seem predisposed towards religious belief. We all witnessed the Cult of Obama a few years ago. It still has some adherents but the intensity of the movement has long since faded. But most lapsed Obots are still devoted Progressives who believe in salvation thru Government.
Religious beliefs are not necessarily well thought out or internally consistent. Neither are ideologies. Religion requires faith, not proof. If God doesn’t answer your prayers, maybe you weren’t praying hard enough. If bad things happen, God is punishing sinners.
Most Christian theology is based upon an eternal struggle between good and evil, with God representing the good and Satan representing evil. In the religion of Progressive Statism, Democrats are good and Republicans are evil.
That certainly explains a lot, doesn’t it?