A Statue of Satan is being unveiled in Detroit. The event is being billed as: “The largest public Satanic ceremony in history.” Typically American hyperbole, we suppose. Discounting that side of things, the event still manifests considerable political significance. It should not be overlooked or dismissed as the nonsense of nutjobs.
This event, a fairly short time ago, would not have been possible in America; the culture would have prevented it. Or so we suppose. But now as we have written, the United States has gone from “In God we trust” and its related suspicion of government, all the way to “In Government we trust with suspicion for God. Satanism naturally follows. By definition, even.
Replacing God with Lucifer is not the only related reversal here. America was enriched as a Christian place, one where the Post-Reformation “Protestant Work Ethic” was enshrined. With that, corruption was minimal. The hard-working middle class grew wealthy by world standards.
Now that we have largely jettisoned religion, corruption is rising again and the flows of wealth bypass the middle class, accruing to the superwealthy, politicians and government workers instead. Without the restrictions of the Christian ethical system in place, money is freely siphoned off by political power, as we have seen throughout history and presently, in all the places lacking a Christian history. Satan tempts wonderfully well, but his payoffs tend to be shorted. Politicians promises work similarly and for the same reasons.
The old Greeks gave way to the Romans who added Christianity. We then installed a Renaissance and a Reformation (Protestant Revolt if you prefer) and from those, we have constructed Western Civilization.
We have tossed the annoying restraints that came with that heritage; our leaders now lie, cheat, steal and sell out the general welfare with aplomb. And we don’t blink as they do so.
It seems fitting that we now erect statues to Satan with news coverage and crowds. Doubly fitting that it be done in Detroit, once the third largest U.S. city and epic heart off a mighty industry.
Now, it is a bankrupt wreckage, a proper home for the Lord of Lies and a precursor of the fate awaiting. This is not new; it happens to Man every time he substitutes his desires for the restraints that society needs and at the same time, always resents and abandons.
Until the resulting breakdown forces a reconciliation with reality … for a while. Lucifer is the “light bringer” surely; but his light has always illuminated what human beings regret having to see … Americans, chanting “In Government we trust” while erecting the statue, seem right on time.