When I read these posts by The Night Wind, Pastor Doug Wilson, and insanitybytes22, I found myself a bit intrigued (Intrigued | Definition of Intrigued by Merriam-Webster).
- The Night Wind: THE WORLD DOESN’T WANT TO BE SAVED (nightwind777.blogspot.com)
- The Night Wind: NORMALS, NEW NORMALS, AND THE SENSE OF DIRECTION (nightwind777.blogspot.com)
- The Revolt of the Normals, Part 1 | Blog & Mablog (dougwils.com)
- The Revolt of the Normals, Part 2 | Blog & Mablog (dougwils.com)
- abnormally normal? | See, there’s this thing called biology… (wordpress.com)
- More Revolting Normals? | See, there’s this thing called biology… (wordpress.com)
Each of these bloggers used a slightly different definition of the word “normal” to describe the ordinary American citizen. The Night Wind discusses that issue in The Night Wind: NORMALS, NEW NORMALS, AND THE SENSE OF DIRECTION (nightwind777.blogspot.com). Using the word “normal,” each author makes important points about our brokenness and how we should deal with our brokenness.
That was probably not a good use of the word “normal.” Normal is statistical term (Normal | Definition of Normal by Merriam-Webster). Defining “normal” tends to be extremely difficult, and it doesn’t solve the basic issue that concerns The Night Wind, Pastor Doug Wilson, and insanitybytes22, we are not practicing good, moral values. Consider the complaints these three bloggers have about the “normals” in their first posts.
The Night Wind
What I tend to suspect, after a couple of weeks’ reflection, is that empathy is a normal reaction to facing a problem. It’s the new normal of apathy, hypocrisy, virtue-signalling, and narcissism that isn’t a natural condition in the state of man. As psychologists of the Old School taught, the main characteristic of a neurotic is to evade facing an issue and instead doubling-down and reinforcing their aberrant attitudes and behaviors. Observing the sociopolitical American Left, that paradigm is obvious. Among the Right it’s present too; but heavily camouflaged by a state of deep denial that looks superficially like concern for our national future.The Night Wind: THE WORLD DOESN’T WANT TO BE SAVED (nightwind777.blogspot.com)
Essentially, The Night Wind believes “normal” is obeying what CS Lewis called the “moral law,” the law God has written upon our hearts. “Right” and “Left”? Well, those words are problematic too. What is the difference between a Nazi and a Communist? Not much.
Pastor Doug Wilson
A Glance Ahead at Part 2
The concluding argument coming up in this post is that the people advancing the false and spurious gospel of Critical Theory need to repent of their sin. When I get to that point I do not intend to hold back. But lest I be plausibly accused of peddling a false gospel of my own (i.e. a gospel conducive to “normals,” one based on traditional American values), let me glance ahead at Wednesday’s post and say that the grievous problem with normals is that they want a stable traditional house with no foundation, which is something that Jesus said they can’t have (Matt. 7: 24-29). They are greatly distressed that the current woke storm threatens to destroy their way of life. And that is exactly what it will do unless they likewise repent and turn to Christ. Everyone must turn to Christ or die.
Unregenerate normals love the fruit and hate the tree. Unregenerate wokesters hate the fruit and hate the tree. The latter, frankly, are being more consistent.The Revolt of the Normals, Part 1 | Blog & Mablog (dougwils.com)
Pastor Wilson’s use of the term “normal” is a bit more ambiguous. I think what it amounts to is that most people want the social benefits of Christianity, but they really don’t want to give their hearts to God. The thrust of Pastor Wilson’s posts is that “unregenerate wokesters” have named themselves. He argues that that it is clear that they are Marxists, racists, and so forth. Hence, the “unregenerate normals” have no excuse if they don’t stand up and righteously and Biblically oppose them.
Do you know what I used to call the normals of the churchian world? The Beautiful People. It was not a compliment, I hated them, and sometimes I still do. What marks the beautiful people? Apathetic, complacent, devoid of empathy, self absorbed.
The kind of people who seem to believe the unregenerate are going to roast forever in hell, and yet they can’t even be bothered to invite you to church. My fate is allegedly eternal damnation and now you’re just off to watch a ballgame??? Get in a fight over worship music? Complain about the thermostat in the sanctuary? Peeps, I am allegedly roasting over here and no one even seems to care! But hey, at least you guys look all clean and shiny……abnormally normal? | See, there’s this thing called biology… (wordpress.com)
Insanitybytes22 use of the word normal is tinged with cynicism. In her estimation, “normal” churchian people don’t seem to be caring and kind. Oddly, she enthusiastically lauded The Night Wind’s post, and Pastor Wilson’s post annoyed her. I suppose in her estimation Pastor Wilson was more judgmental, but all three of them are unhappy with the “normals.”
What is the substance of The Night Wind’s, Pastor Doug Wilson’s, and insanitybytes22’s complaint? They may define “normal” somewhat differently, but all of them are concerned that people who claim to be Christians don’t behave like Christ, but who does? Only Jesus Christ ever succeeded living a perfect life, and He died on a cross. Even Socrates found it difficult to stick to his principles and ask young people questions their elders found awkward. In this fallen world, the “normal” condition of mankind is to be sinful, and we don’t like the people who shine a light upon our sins. Even those who have been born again, repented of their sins, and turned to Christ for salvation are only in the process of being sanctified. Even those God has called to be His own still struggle with sin. Even those God has called His own have to swallow their pride when someone points to their sins.
What is one of the finest examples of bravery in the Bible. Imagine being Nathan and telling King David that he had sinned by committing adultery and murder (2 Samuel 12:1-15 NASB – Nathan Rebukes David – Bible Gateway).
What does it means to live in a fallen world? We are here because God judged us. You. Me. Everyone. Repentance and turning to Jesus Christ — asking for forgiveness and putting our trust in our Savior — is our only way out. But we rebel — our pride rebels — against choosing the gift of salvation.
Because our schools do an awful job of teaching critical thinking, we often forget that most ideas are bad ideas. Therefore, we need to examine our ideas before we rush forward and implement them, and The Night Wind, Pastor Doug Wilson, and insanitybytes22 did think carefully about their ideas. Their first posts were interesting, and their second posts added clarity. So, consider these excerpts from their second posts.
The Night Wind
While our race has never been perfect, our acknowledgement of our Divine parentage and our relationship to God is the normal state of affairs. It’s noteworthy that, throughout the entire history of our civilization that the Pagan philosophers, Jewish priests, or Christian saints offered themselves as representatives of God, and invited all who were willing to come and learn how to serve God. It was corruption in these systems that led to bloodshed which was never in keeping with the spirit of their teachings. The Great Reset and ‘New Normal’ in contrast, relies upon degrading humanity in body, soul, and mind—by force if necessary—which fact alone proves it a false system.The Night Wind: NORMALS, NEW NORMALS, AND THE SENSE OF DIRECTION (nightwind777.blogspot.com)
The Night Wind clearly is not trying to define a solution. He is trying to define the problem. The problem is that many of the people who lead us have convinced us that we don’t need to obey the moral law, the law God wrote upon each of our hearts. Hence, we already know a time tested solution. Do what these people do not want us to do, obey the moral law.
Pastor Doug Wilson
We are not going to address the problem we have by “rewinding” and starting the movie over. If you back up to an earlier spot in the movie and try again, you are going to get the same movie.
This is why repentance is a necessity, and repentance is more than simple distaste for what is going on right now. Repentance sees where everything went of the rails, and cries out to God for forgiveness over that.
What do you do when the uncircumcised Philistines are in the gates? What do you do when you find yourself oppressed by unbelievers who are right near the top of their scaling ladders? What you do—and this is the only thing you can do—is cry out to the Lord.The Revolt of the Normals, Part 2 | Blog & Mablog (dougwils.com)
Trying to model John the Baptist, I suppose, Pastor Wilson calls for repentance. Wilson differs from The Night Wind by specifically pointing to Christian values.
Both Night Wind and Pastor Wilson have continued to embiggen the conversation that I touched on here in abornormally normal. I call this sort of thing, “solving the world’s problems” and it is probably best done in a pub over a pint of ale. It is unlikely you will solve any of the world’s problems, but hey, at least you’ll be in a pub having a pint with some friends, so it’s all good.
Laughing here, but it need not be a pub either, a coffee shop, a talking place, the point simply being, time spent in the company of friends, time spent in relationship hashing things out, really is how you solve all the world’s problems.More Revolting Normals? | See, there’s this thing called biology… (wordpress.com)
Insanitybytes22 echos The Night Wind brief discussion of a solution (at the end of The Night Wind: THE WORLD DOESN’T WANT TO BE SAVED (nightwind777.blogspot.com)). It doesn’t sound like much, but it is important. We can talk to each other. We can listen to each other. We can help each other.
Before we can propose a solution, one that makes any sense, we must define the problem. However, if we continually focus on the problem, we won’t be of any practical use. Our world is a mess, and it is kind of depressing. So, it depresses us. Hence we need to do what the Apostle Paul suggested. We need to focus on the solution (ARE YOU FOCUSING ON THE PROBLEM OR THE SOLUTION? – Citizen Tom).
C. S. Lewis put it this way.
If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. — by C. S. LewisC. S. Lewis – If you read history you will find that the… (brainyquote.com)
We need to think ahead. We need to think of salvation and why it makes sense to trust our Creator. We need to contemplate the excellence of God and why He is worthy of our praise.
Jesus gave us The Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20 NASB – The Great Commission – Bible Gateway). We can praise our Lord by spreading His Gospel. What we cannot do is change someone else’s heart (John 6:44-45 NASB – Bible Gateway), but we can do what He told us to do.