By Charlie Johnston
Pope Francis said last week that we have entered into a new era – and so we have. This afternoon France saw one face of that new era completely unmasked. In the last week, we have seen the face of that new era unmasked on college campuses across America. The mindset of the latter begot the former.
In the western world, once called the free world, the prosperity we enjoy is a result of the principles of western civilization. The principles of confident western civilization were the principles of Christianity. Now the principles of western civilization are under siege from within and without the western world. Many westerners think those principles are not worth defending and that Christianity is a primitive superstition. So we do not defend those principles with confident vigor. As our faith has declined, as our commitment to faith, family and freedom have declined, so has our prosperity, liberty and hope. The west still has the power to defend itself. It lacks only the wisdom and the will.
The brutal atrocity in France today is one of the scenes in the opening act of this new era. There will be more. Under God, we will rise. As we enter this new era, what I write now will largely focus on how you can be part of the Rescue. By the time it comes, we will all know that we need Rescue.
Tonight, we grieve for France – and particularly for the French members of our NRS family. God bless and keep you all.