I march before a martyred world, an army for the fight
I speak of great heroic days, of victory and might
I hold a banner drenched in blood, I urge you to be brave
I lead you to your destiny, I lead you to your grave
Your bones will build my palaces, your eyes will stud my crown
For I am Mars, the god of war, and I will cut you down.~Motorhead
Over the last few weeks, I have watched as my beloved nation has sought to tear out its own soul. My local newsfeed is filled with stories of young people struck down in the prime of life by other young people. I see husbands killing wives, mothers killing children, and neighbors killing neighbors. I read one-sided stories of police brutality against minority perpetrators. I listen to my President tell me that it is because of my hate that we have experienced acts of terror on “soft” targets. Just recently I spoke with a dear, sweet friend of mine who is reeling from vicious personal attacks from “Christian” friends who do not agree with her political stance.
“every age embraces the vampire it needs” in order to make sense of society
Personally, I had someone tell me if I want to remain “friends” I have to recant an article I posted to social media that was steeped in historical fact that did not fit with their agenda. What has happened to us as a nation? What has happened to the Church that calls itself “slaves to Christ”? We have become a hate-filled nation that is hell-bent on destroying itself and it is breaking my heart.
One of the classic monsters of the gothic is the vampire. There is just something alluring about the unbridled sensuality of the vampire. It is unrestricted, unmanageable, free from standard conventions of society, and is ruthless, boundless, timeless, and immortal. The vampire embodies everything we are drawn to and everything that terrifies…in essence, the vampire is us. Susannah Clements states that “every age embraces the vampire it needs” in order to make sense of society (5). Clements further elaborates that the vampire:
“as a metaphor it hits at the heart of what makes us human…vampires can represent such a variety of concepts for us that it is impossible to make a comprehensive list…because the vampire is a monster with a mostly human face, a creature that perverts traditional values and feeds on human blood, it becomes a rich representation of what we fear as a culture” (5).
How can we fight this enemy? Do we need to procure silver, the very metal that Satan stands in fear of because it represents the ultimate in betrayal?
Anne Rice has demonstrated that the modern era no longer possesses enough fear of God as God to be forced into submission by such symbols. As Ms Clements declares, the vampire has been defanged and no longer stands as a representation of evil, but, in today’s “enlightened society” can actually become a force for good.
Do we need to carry around vials of holy water, consecrated wafers, and crucifixes in order to bring the living dead to its knees? My answer is no. Anne Rice has demonstrated that the modern era no longer possesses enough fear of God as God to be forced into submission by such symbols. As Ms Clements declares, the vampire has been defanged and no longer stands as a representation of evil, but, in today’s “enlightened society” can actually become a force for good.
“…for hell boasts no miscreant more guilty than yourself. Hark, Ambrosio, while I unveil your crimes! You have shed blood of two innocents…that Antonia whom you violated, was your sister! that Elvira whom you murdered, gave you birth! Tremble, abandoned hypocrite! inhuman parricide! incestuous ravisher! tremble at the extend of your offense” (175)!
We as a Church need to wake up before this becomes our fate! If we are occupied by turning on one another, how will the lost ever be found? Satan has found a distraction in politics, and with that distraction has cast us to tear one another apart.
“Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war…It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom…” (Gettysburg Address).
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