Subjectivism: The Poison Killing America

On election day Americans will choose either Obama, the already disgraced President or Mitt Romney, the “I stand for everything and nothing at all” candidate. If it is true that a societies’ leadership are reflections of the moral character of society at large, then Obama and Romney are reflections of “we the people’s” moral degeneracy.

America was founded on a bedrock of eternally unchanging Higher Things---of principles, truth,and moral absolutes, the “thou shall and shall nots” and “He made them male and female.” These are the unchanging foundations beneath the fallen nature of man–the tumultuous winds of change—of feelings, passions, and desires.

A morally degenerate society, such as America is today, denies moral absolutes, unchanging truth and even “He made them male and female.”

Philosophically, the denial of moral absolutes and unchanging truth is called moral relativism. In his “A Refutation of Moral Relativism,” Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., professor of philosophy at Boston College and at the King’s College (Empire State Building), warns us that:

“(the) issue of moral relativism is merely the single most important issue of our age, for no society in all of human history has ever survived without rejecting the philosophy that I am about to refute. There has never been a society of relativists. Therefore, our society will do one of three things: either disprove one of the most universally established laws of all history; or repent of its relativism and survive; or persist in its relativism and perish.”

By and large, Americans have fallen into subjectivism (moral relativism). This means that since everyone has his/her own truth and moral code America's bedrock of eternally unchanging Higher Things have been tossed into the trash bin of history. As a result, the founding documents---Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights--- are utterly meaningless. Law and ‘rights’ are whatever subjectivists want them to be, which is why “new” rights and "new" law are invented most every day.

C.S.Lewis defines moral relativism as subjectivism and in “The Poison of Subjectivism,” warns that it will not just damn our nation but our souls:

“(subjectivism) will certainly end our species and damn our souls.”

As a Christian, Lewis agrees with the fundamental teaching of his savior, Jesus Christ, as well as the Old Testament prophets that salvation presupposes,

“…repentance, and repentance presupposes an objectively real moral law. Moral relativism eliminates that law, thus trivializes repentance, thus imperils salvation.”

Lewis sees farther than most, thus he speaks of the end of our species rather than the end of Western civiliation. This is because Lewis saw that the entire human species is becoming increasingly Westernized, therefore relativized. The poison in other words, was concocted right in the heart of Christendom during the time of the Enlightenment and today, as Lewis said in his novel, “That Hideous Strength” it has been spewed over the entire planet. A great black wing covers all of Telus, said Lewis through his character Ransom.

America is spiritually sick, even unto its' very foundations, which means that politics, more jobs, lower taxes and Mitt Romney cannot fix what is wrong.

Spiritual "fixes" require spiritual remedies. And at least for a while longer it still lies within our power to repent and turn back to the Great Physician, our living Creator. Thus in his book, "What We Can't Not Know," J. Budzisewski asks:

“Do we dare at last yield ourselves to Truth, to be scraped, scoured and made honest until we can give back His light?” (p. 197)

@Linda Kimball