The Deification of Desire



From an email to a friend ...

I thought about Christopher West when I read an article recently about how the Evangelicals are no longer saying "Jesus is the reason for the season" and encouraging people to focus more on Christ and less on consumerism during the holidays.  Now they focus on the so-called War on Christmas, demanding that stores allow employees to say "Merry Christmas" rather than "Happy Holidays".  This is an interesting shift, because the battle in Evangelical circles used to be Jesus vs. Shopping.  Now it's Shopping-for-Jesus.

And all young Evangelicals I know simply sleep around.  They don't think anything of it.  They think promiscuity and faith can go hand in hand.

Christopher West is all about the deification of desire.  He tries to turn sexual desire into a way to find God - which is a deeply Pagan attitude.  Evangelicals are doing the same.  Shopping is a Christian thing and should be "Christianized".  Promiscuity is fine and dandy.  And their politics is infused with religious fervor.  They don't want politicians to be Christ-like; they want Christ to affirm them in their political ideology.  Christ serves commercialism, capitalism, sex and politics.  He makes our desires in those fields "Christian".  We don't submit those activities to Him and His demands; we demand that He submit to our desires so that we can feel justified in them.

And this is what's going on in the Catholic Church ALMOST EVERYWHERE.  It's nearly ubiquitous.