Nature Abhors a Vacuum
Recently I noticed that my lefty friends have completely given up on questioning authority. Now they are mouthpieces for it. I tweeted this observation with the pithy statement, “Everyone finds a religion.”
Then, perhaps thanks to serendipity, a family member sent me these passages from Francis Schaeffer. Published in 1976, Schaeffer nailed what would unfold .
As we consider the coming of an elite, authoritarian state, to fill the vacuum left by the loss of Christian principles, we must not think naively of the models of Stalin and Hitler. We must think rather of manipulative authoritarian government. Modern governments have forms of manipulation at their disposal which the world has never known before.
…to quote Eric Hoffer, “When freedom destroys order, the yearning for order will destroy freedom.”
At that point the words left or right will make no difference. They are only two roads to the same end. There is no difference between an authoritarian government from the right or the left: the results are the same. An elite, an authoritarianism as such, will gradually force form on society so that it will not go on to chaos. And most people will accept it—from the desire for personal peace and affluence, from apathy, and from the yearning for order to assure the functioning of some political system, business and affairs of daily life.
Everyone finds a religion, but elevating Caesar to a deity never ends well.