With one disappointing election after another, we must admit that after 50 years of cultural decay, attempting to change things through the political process may be futile. Our nation as a whole has rejected Reason (the Logos) and embraced irrational power-driven hypocrisy that seeks to dominate others for one’s own selfish ends. This latter way of life has been the world’s norm since leaving Eden.
Yet, despite our sinfulness, God gave “the world in sin and error pining” for relief (from O Holy Night) the gifts to achieve a civilization of life, peace and prosperity. The oasis from the reign of Satan that was built was first called Christendom and then Western civilization. It was a civilization based on law, not men. And civil law was made to coincide with reason, not the will of those in power. Hence, whenever civil law contradicted natural law, men like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King would rise up.
Nevertheless, it became clear that after codifying into law what Aquinas called 'the unnatural vice’ and ‘greatest sin against lust’ (ST II-II, q.154, a.12) in 1965 with Griswold v. Connecticut, which inevitably led to legalizing murder of the innocent throughout the land in 1973 with Roe v. Wade, the U.S. squandered the gifts, became addicted to illicit sex and prenatal murder to cover it up, and was on the fast track to its own destruction.
For people of good will, saving the nation through the political process is no longer a realistic hope. You can’t reason with the addicted. Saving individual souls, which has always been the primary end of the world’s new Covenant of God, must again become the sole endeavor around which everything else in life flows. This means spreading the message of truth and love (not what’s popular and nice), despite the cost and consequences, to anyone willing to listen. And this means offering people the way to He who is (Ex 3:14) truth (Jn 14:6) and love (1 Jn 4:8).
Keeping one's eyes on the everlasting prize promised by Truth and Love incarnate leaves no alternative but to share the gospel. This eternal perspective is made possible with grace, and the attitude made famous by St. Teresa of Calcutta: “Christ doesn’t call me to be successful, He calls me to be faithful.”