Converting the Culture

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by Paul Brock  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  October 25, 2021   

A change in worship

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Originally, the word "convert" meant "turn" or "send in a different direction." Even today, the word's definition remains nearly the same: It's synonymous with "change." 

On the other hand, the word "culture" comes from "cult," which means worship. Culture — the sum of a society's beliefs, customs and institutions — is greatly influenced by how said society worships.

So in order to convert a culture, the worship that makes up its nucleus needs to alter course, to change.

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SS. Matthew and Augustine

But change into what?

Worship can only be directed in one of two ways: (1) inward on oneself or (2) outward toward God. So a given culture is either man-centered or God-centered.

Scripture makes this reality clear in the sixth chapter of St. Matthew's Gospel: "You cannot serve God and mammon." 

Saint Augustine makes this same point in his juxtaposition of the city of God and the city of man: "The earthly city glories in itself; the heavenly city glories in the Lord. The former looks for glory from men, the latter finds its highest glory in God." 

As of 2021, in America, among conservative-Republican adults, 22% believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases. Among liberal-Democrat adults, it's 89%.

The Republican Party (at least according to its party platform) says of abortion, "We stand firmly against it." 

Abortion is just one of many dividing lines between Republicans and Democrats.

On the other hand, the Democratic Party (according to its party platform) believes in so-called "safe and legal abortion." Abortion is just one of many dividing lines between Republicans and Democrats.

These two parties, diametrically opposed to one another, did not always exist. 

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The Democratic Party is the nation's oldest extant political party — it was founded in 1829 and famously favored slavery.

The Republican Party was founded in 1854 to oppose the Democrats. The Republicans were the anti-slavery party.

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Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson, currently a self-described pro-abortion civil rights activist who used to be pro-life, drew the connection between slavery and abortion in 1975: "There are those who argue that the right to privacy is of a higher order than the right to life. ... That was the premise of slavery." 

As of 2020, 37% of Americans identify as Protestant, 22% as Catholic and 9% as nondenominational.

That comprises 68% of the U.S. population: So nearly 7 in 10 Americans identify as Christian. But that's not to say they have the same beliefs — far from it.

For example, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (founded in 1988) is just one of many Protestant denominations that supports abortion. The religious group has declared, "This church recognizes that there can be sound reasons for ending a pregnancy through induced abortion." 

The so-called church goes on to say in its official teachings that "abortion is not acceptable later than the first trimester" — carving out space for child murder during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is just one of many Protestant denominations that supports abortion.

The United Church of Christ (founded in 1957) is among many Protestant denominations that accepts sodomitical "marriage," holding in its official teachings that "legislation to ban recognition of same-gender [sic] marriages further undermines the civil liberties of gay and lesbian couples and contributes to a climate of misunderstanding and polarization." 

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Various prophylactic devices

Likewise, every Protestant denomination accepts the liceity of contraception. For example, the United Methodist Church (founded in 1968) believes that "each couple has the right and the duty prayerfully and responsibly to control conception according to their circumstances." 

The Presbyterian Church in the United States (founded in 1983) likewise supports "full and equal access to contraceptive methods." 

John Doyle, a 21-year-old Catholic and founder of the website Heck Off, Commie! says about these trends, "When you think about Catholicism as the Church started by Jesus Christ ... any deviation from that is almost implicitly left-wing because it is a rejection of that objectivity in favor of a subjective interpretation." 

The Catholic Church, the only true Church (founded 2,000 years ago), stands, in Her official teachings, in complete opposition to any and all moral evils.

On abortion, She teaches: "Since the first century, the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion" (CCC, §2271). 

On so-called gay marriage, She teaches: "The matrimonial union of man and woman is indissoluble" (CCC, §1614, emphasis added). 

On contraception, She teaches: "To render procreation impossible is intrinsically evil" (CCC, §2370). 

On transgenderism, She teaches: "Man and woman have been created, which is to say, willed by God" (CCC, §369). 

On euthanasia, She teaches: "Intentional euthanasia, whatever its forms or motives, is murder" (CCC, §2324). 

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