An infatuation with Enlightenment egalitarianism by necessity requires a protest against God. God ordained and commanded hierarchy. God ordained and commanded patriarchy. God ordained and created family relationships with the clear intent, seen via the 5th commandment, that egalitarianism would be the ethos of the wanderer and the cosmopolitan. All men are not equal and those men who are the least of all are those men who insist they are equal to their betters.
This was Lucifer’s fall. Lucifer demanded equality with God and could not accept that God was and remains His better. We should not be surprised that Lucifer seeks to convince his minions that they are every bit the equal of anybody else who walks the planet. Promising egalitarian status with God was the bait he hooked Eve with — “You shall be as God…”
Egalitarianism is, then, the primeval sin of all sins and yet it is the sin that lies behind screams of racism, screams of homophobia, screams of transphobia, etc.
I am not the equal of many better men than I and many lesser men than myself are not my equal. And it would be a lesser world if all men were equal in the Enlightenment sense of that word.
The Equality of the modern has no continuity with the Equality of the Magna Carta. The Magna Carta argued for equality before the law of all according to their franchise and station. This is the equality which is thoroughly consistent with that wide diversity of natural capacities, virtue, station, sex, inherited possessions, by which no social order can function without.
No, the equality of the modern is the equality of the Jacobin — of the Sans Culotte — which absurdly claims for every human the same specific powers and rights. This modern equality is the equality of the Leveller and the Anabaptist. This absurd equality overturns all ability to build a coherent social order because it overturns all ability to make proper distinctions between people according to their diverse abilities and roles.
God save us from equality.
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Best piece ever from Pastor Bret!