America the Beast

Nate Wildermuth from Vox Nova:

The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church has an interesting take on the Apocalypse: “382. When human authority goes beyond the limits willed by God, it makes itself a deity and demands absolute submission; it becomes the Beast of the Apocalypse, an image of the power of the imperial persecutor ‘drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of the martyrs of Jesus’ (Rev 17:6). The Beast is served by the ‘false prophet’ (Rev 19:20), who, with beguiling signs, induces people to adore it.”

Is America a (rather than the) Beast of the Apocalypse? Has it gone beyond the authority willed by God and made itself a deity? Have false prophets induced people to adore it? I would affirm, yes. Without doubt, the United States is another Beast of the Apocalypse, like Rome, like Babylon, like every degenerate civilization that worshiped its own power rather than God.

That’s the problem facing us: some people only see the horror of abortion, some only the horror of poverty, some only the horror of war . . . but if we put together all the pieces, we would see that we only held different parts of a Beast — a Beast that Saint John tells us to resist and escape rather than reform and heal: Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Depart from her, my people, so as not to take part in her sins and receive a share in her plagues, for her sins are piled up to the sky, and God remembers her crimes.

 

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3 Responses to America the Beast

  1. William Atkinson says:

    Nate: Beasts, horror stories, depart from me, apocalypse, false prophets: Gee yu scare me! come on down off your tower and join Gods children in His Kingdom, follow Jesus and he will lead you to his father. Calm down, enjoy your journey, walk the walk and sing along with Ignatius, Xavier, De’ Chardin and so many Jesuits who enjoyed this journey. Share your joy with your companions and all of the world. Laugh a good laugh with Jesus in this his fathers universe.

  2. I only wish and pray that the fervent anti-abortionists with their call to violence against physicians who perform a procedure that they personally find repulsive and against Scripture would take those profound words of Saint John to heart (found this blog, incidentally, while researching Jesuits for my new novel — I like what I have read here).

  3. Vince Moldenhauer says:

    Nathan O’Halloran,
    I applaud you for speaking somewhat against the norm and speaking of how some are not consistent in their beliefs, “only seeing the horrors of abortion…”, but I would like to question what you mean by “resist and escape rather than reform and heal” Are you saying it is better to leave America, and the problems there rather than confront those problems, make an attempt to fix them, repent, and ask for forgiveness? Thank you again for a thought-provoking post that challenges many.

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