So far we've got an anti-West, a pro-West and someone who'd like to impeach John Paul II, if JP2 were still pope.
The pro-West commenter gives away the game at the end of her defense of West. She implies that West's critics are all "Manichean", and she concludes with this ...
To the pure, all things are pure - says my mom.To which I respond
Tell your mom, "Even if that were true, none of us is pure." And that's not Manichean. That's just Church teaching on fallen man.This subjectivism, rampant in our culture, is the currency of the Dictatorship of Relativism, and infects even the otherwise good Catholics among us.
Of course, a fuller explanation is, things are not defined merely by our attitude toward them. If an innocent child accidentally views pornography on line, is that pornography "pure" because he is (sexually speaking) "pure"? I think not.
And it's the insidious and heinous lie behind what West is doing. "To the pure, all things are pure" means, if you follow the logic, that I may indeed view pornography if I'm pure. For my own purity will transform everything I do, including self abuse in front of a computer screen.
This is a kind of Calvinism applied to sex. To the Calvinist, everything that happens to the elect is a sign of their election; everything that happens to the damned is a sign of their damnation. Want a new car? If you get one, it means God loves you and you're saved! Thus, the Prosperity Gospel makes us feel good about our greed, "spiritualizing" a base motivation in order to excuse it. And as the Prosperity Gospel assuages our greed, so West's nonsense assuages our lust.
Want a little porn? Go ahead and look! You're pure and everything you do is pure! God loves you and you're saved!
It's The Prosperity Gospel for Horn-Dogs.
|The author portraying the Reverend Cletus P. Love, of the Four Square Meals a Day Prosperity Sandwich Gospel Church.|