Definition of fifth column
: a group of secret sympathizers or supporters of an enemy that engage in espionage or sabotage within defense lines or national borders
The expression “fifth column” is credited to Emilio Mola Vidal, a Nationalist general during the Spanish Civil War (1936–39) (see here). Creating and supporting a “fifth column” is an actual military tactic.
So has someone planted a fifth column in the United States? Is that someone actually supporting its growth and development to our “detriment”? That’s why many in the Establishment tend to get a bit huffy and self-righteously indignant when members of this fifth column advocate their cause. That’s why when members of the fifth column mention the name of Jesus at the “wrong” time and in the “wrong” place further conversation tends to be rather loud, awkward, and caustic.
Don’t think so? Then consider this column by Cal Thomas.
by Cal Thomas Wed, 4/18/2018 | Tribune Content Agency, LLC
Is ‘Old-fashioned’ returning?
By Cal Thomas
Tribune Content Agency
“It’s a modern changing world
Everything is moving fast.
But when it comes to love I like
What they did in the past.” — The Everly Brothers, 1962
Call me old-fashioned — and I’ve been called worse — but do I sense the possible end to the sexual revolution, which exploded in the ’60s and whose fallout continues today?
Women complain that men won’t commit, whether in a dating relationship or marriage. The #MeToo stories that have emerged since the exposure of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment of numerous women in Hollywood have also contributed to their frustration. Harassment victims feel used and abused by men who, apparently, were never taught that women are co-equals in the human race and thus deserving of respect, even honor. I know, that last sounds old-fashioned. (continued here)
Thomas is a Christian, but what does Thomas talk about? The Bible? No. He wants to be published. So he keeps his column secular. He cites the beginning lyrics of a song, and he refers to a “conversation” between a couple of disillusioned Liberal women. Then he ends his argument for the “old fashioned” way (an allusion to traditional Christian marriage) with the closing lyrics from the same song. What he neglects to talk about is where this “old fashioned” way came from.
What happened in the ’60s? Why did the Baby Boom generation rebel against the “old fashioned” way and staged a sexual revolution? The answer? Ignorance.
On the surface, “free” sex sounds great! Very few Baby Boomers knew any better. Why? Generation after generation of Americans had given control of their children’s education over to politicians. With each generation, the education of America’s children had become more and more secularized. Therefore, contrary to its billing in the mass media, the “Sexual Revolution” was a massive expression of irresponsible and vile ignorance, not a revolution. The Baby Boomers did not rebel against anyone. They just behaved like ignorant and irresponsible human beings have always behaved. Because it felt good, they did it.
What happens when two people have sex before committing themselves to each other?
- We ignore our own biology. Sex has consequences. The two become one. We form emotional bonds with the people with whom we have sex. When we have sex frivolously, we try to render those bonds meaningless, but we cannot. Instead, we frivolously create turmoil in our own hearts and minds. Without the stability of a good marriage, most us have far more miserable lives. If nothing else, we are lonely.
- We spread diseases that kill and cripple.
- We create single parent “families” ill-equipped to raise children. Or, we abort the unborn.
So why don’t we think about this clearly? Where did the “old fashioned” way come from? Why were earlier generations of Americans better able to avoid staging sexual revolutions of their own? Those Americans did not have secular educations. Their parents and neighbors taught them the wisdom of the Bible.
So what do we do now, now that America’ Christian foundations have been seemingly destroyed? Well, there are still lots of Bibles around. We can still consult one.
Psalm 11 New King James Version (NKJV)
Faith in the Lord’s Righteousness
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
11 In the Lord I put my trust;
How can you say to my soul,
“Flee as a bird to your mountain”?
2 For look! The wicked bend their bow,
They make ready their arrow on the string,
That they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart.
3 If the foundations are destroyed,
What can the righteous do?
4 The Lord is in His holy temple,
The Lord’s throne is in heaven;
His eyes behold,
His eyelids test the sons of men.
5 The Lord tests the righteous,
But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.
6 Upon the wicked He will rain coals;
Fire and brimstone and a burning wind
Shall be the portion of their cup.
7 For the Lord is righteous,
He loves righteousness;
His countenance beholds the upright.
Satan is still the prince of this world. Until Jesus Christ comes again, Satan will rule here. Meanwhile, Satan sees Christians as a treacherous fifth column. So it is that Satan had Jesus crucified between two rebellious Jews. Fortunately, our Lord rose from the dead.
God is still God. He is still in His holy temple. If we love Him, we will do our best to spread the Gospel of His Son. If we love our neighbors we will do our best to free them from Satan’s grasp. We will spread the “secret” Gospel of Jesus Christ.