Fascism is defined as
“A way of organizing a society in which a government ruled by a dictator controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government.” –Merriam Webster
Have we come to this in America? Think carefully before you answer
People are naturally selfish.
“Every man’s way is right in his own eyes,
But the Lord weighs the hearts.” Proverbs 21:2
What’s interesting is that their selfishness is often so near-sighted they cannot see past the curl of their own eyelashes. This, in turn, disgusts everyone else who is equally distracted by the inside of his eyelids.
So sit most Americans – self-pleasing microcosms bloated by their own perceived worth willing to fight only when the fluttering banner reads, “Don’t Tell Me I’m Wrong.”
This makes conflict inevitable, but also unacceptable to the conflicted parties.
I have to smile when I hear someone blame their vengeful behavior on the person who hurt them, because I know their conflict-management system only works one way.
- You hurt me.
- Therefore I get to hurt you.
- Of course, you don’t get to hurt me after I’ve hurt you. That’s wrong.
In reality, if vengeance is an acceptable response to unkindness, the necessary application is . . .
- You hurt me.
- Therefore I get to hurt you back.
- Therefore you get to hurt me back.
- Therefore I get to hurt you back.
- Therefore . . . .
So, why all the talk about selfish immaturity in a post about Fascism in America?
Because that’s exactly what Fascism is, only it’s played out by authority figures.
In a dictatorship, it’s my way unless you want to die (and, by the way, you’re not allowed to disagree with me). This scenario has lived it’s nasty nine lives in every social construct and relationship paradigm we have.
So, what does it look like in America?
Matt Walsh has chronicled quite well HGTV’s breaking-Benham in his article “Christian-hating liberal fascists have once again demonstrated their ‘tolerance.’” But before you head over there, stick with me for the application of these thoughts on selfishness.
HGTV found out Jason and David Benham were Christians. That was enough for them to cancel the show they had already begun shooting. No test groups were tested. No polls were polled. The show was canceled for no other reason than the Benham brothers were followers of Christ.
Let’s take this action and extrapolate it as before.
- I disagree with you.
- Therefore I refuse to work with you.
- I am justified and applauded by everyone (who agrees that no one should disagree with them) for doing so because you are a bad person for disagreeing with me.
This is the basis of the world’s philosophy. Of course, the reality of this philosophy is not nearly so clean. We are hypocritical fools if we believe people cannot see the blazing inconsistencies in our asinine worldviews.
- You disagree with me.
- Yet you dare to refuse to work with me.
- Therefore I crucify you for daring to deny me what I want. And that’s acceptable because . . . you are not allowed to disagree with me.
And now we see what happened to every Christian photographer and cake-decorator who refused to participate in a gay “marriage” ceremony.
What makes this plain and simple Fascism is the one-sidedness of the whole thing. This isn’t tolerance! This is self-centered, dictatorial, childish, arrogant, bullying!
I am all for a country where everyone is free to think what they want and live accordingly (assuming their behavior does not infringe on other citizens’ constitutional rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness). In such a country, HGTV is free to cancel whatever shows they like, but in such a country every wedding photographer is also free to deny shooting any particular wedding for any particular reason.
But it becomes Fascism when you don’t have to put up with my beliefs, but I’m required to put up with yours. Greg Gutfeld made this observation:
“A funny thing about tolerant people? They’re really only tolerant when you agree with them.”
The Christian Response
But please don’t think this justifies Christian anarchy, unkindness, or other bad behavior. The only reason the world’s actions should surprise you is if you don’t read your Bible.
We will be hated. We will be treated poorly.
“You will be hated by all because of My name.” Matthew 10:22
But we must view it all through sanctified vision. Is it wrong and sinful that the American culture embraces cultural and governmental Fascism? Definitely. Should we do everything we can to protect ourselves and others from the consequences of selfishness? Of course.
But don’t lose heart. Don’t give in to griping and complaining.
“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5:18
“Do all things without grumbling or disputing.” Philippians 2:14
Your poor behavior will only show the inconsistencies in your selfish worldview. You will only complain and destroy when you selfishly believe you deserve better and that everyone should give you what you believe is best. In short, when you become a “Christian Fascist.”