They are incapable of stopping; stopping is not in their character; standing still is defeat; slowing down is not acceptable; going backward results in an existential crisis.
Even if they destroy all – including themselves – they can’t stop.
Revolutionaries - true revolutionaries - are aggressive, ruthless, and generally seize the main chance, as William Henry Drayton did when he saw that stump-speaking was getting him nowhere. But defenders of the status quo tend toward caution and legalisms and inaction until it is too late.
― John Buchanan, The Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinas
There are two parts in this above quote; I will take each in turn. But first, some context. For this, I will offer three examples, but there are dozens:
Gender: It began simply enough. Free love, no strings attached. It has moved through gay marriage, countless genders, self-identification, changes every day. We will soon enough see legitimization of sex with children and marriage between humans and animals (yes, I believe this is already happening outside of official recognition, but I am thinking of when we will have a box to check on our tax return). After these changes, my mind cannot fathom what comes next; but it will be something.
Russia: Not really Russia so much as NATO. Even to risk nuclear war, the move east will not be stopped. It cannot be stopped – not to say it is impossible, as the United States, with one word, could end this confrontation. But it cannot be stopped, “cannot” to be understood via the precise meaning of “the devil made me do it.”
Abortion: The apoplexy that followed the leaked ruling. The ruling does not make abortion illegal; it merely returns the issue to the states – where it will remain legal in the majority of cases. But going backwards is losing – even more so, it is not possible.
In all cases, we have a universalizing system – global, no boundaries, no borders, no discrimination. All will be equally yoked.
Ephesians 6: 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
I have written extensively on the application of this verse to our time, most thoroughly, perhaps, here. Suffice it to say, these principalities work through human actors. We need not pretend that they have our good at heart; we need not pretend that they work for anyone other than Satan.
In any case, to the first part of the opening quote. Why the rush? Why is there no going backward? Why are these revolutionaries so ruthless and aggressive?
Revelation 12: 12 Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”
I know the time might not feel short according to our understanding. But time works differently for Him who is outside of time. Time, being part of the creation, is not meaningful to the Creator. But to Satan, “his time is short” is a meaningful statement, a warning driving him to urgency. He understands what time means to God, what time is for God.
(Taken from) Ephesians 2: 2 …the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience…
His followers – the sons of disobedience, real human beings living among us – cannot stop, they cannot go backwards, they cannot slow down. Their time is short.
They are relentless:
Luke 11: 24 “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ 25 And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order. 26 Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there. And the last state of that person is worse than the first.”
The unclean spirit doesn’t rest, it doesn’t quit. When it finds something clean, it multiplies its power and resolve.
Against this, we have the “defenders of the status quo,” as noted by Buchanan. How do these act?
Matthew 10: 11 And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. 12 As you enter the house, greet it. 13 And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. 15 Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.
Shake the dust off your feet. Leave. Live and let live. You go your way, I’ll go mine.
I understand this approach, this desire. In many ways, and like many of you, this is how I live – even in the face of the revolutionaries who I know will not stop – they are incapable of stopping or slowing down.
But I can’t live like this forever. I won’t be given this luxury by the revolutionaries. Neither will you. They will not stop until everything you value – your family, your possessions, your way of life – is destroyed. This, of course, includes their desire to remove any reference of Christianity from public life – and, eventually, private life. They will not stop.
So, eventually, there will come time for a decision, a choice, an action. On the struggle for Christians of if, when, and how to fight, I can only offer a few earlier explorations on this topic (here, here, and here).
The answer may not be clear, and certainly it may not be one with which you agree, but for me it boils down to prioritizing my neighbor (including my family) over my enemy when it comes to my love having to choose between them.