Our own worst enemy…

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).
As I watched the movie adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, I was stuck by how much it mirrored the war I see in the United States today.  We are being quietly invaded by a blood-thirsty horde that has its eye on complete domination.  It is using the basic needs of humanity to fuel its rage and incite us against one another.  It is causing confusion by calling evil good and good evil.  It is twisting the truth and selling a beautiful lie in which many in the US are willing to kill and die.

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.

I think what terrifies me the most is that the vampire no longer fears the Church.  It is now welcomed to attend Sunday services and partake of the communion of the Saints with no ramifications, no fear.  The Church has become the modern day vampire.  It feeds on the blood of the “unsaved” with unholy piety and turns with venom against its own members that do not tow a legalistic line. The Church is following in the footsteps of the pious Ambrosio who gains his sustenance from the praises of the congregation and yet can look upon the most vulnerable and utter a sentence of death.  Through his Satan character, Matthew Lewis issues harsh judgment on this Church:
“…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.

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Moll, Dominik. dir. The Monk. Diaphana Films.2011. Film.
Think about what we have become as a nation, as a Church.  Think about how we are representing the name of Christ before a starving world.  We are standing at a crossroads and Mr. Lincoln’s words still ring true:
“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).
We have a choice. We can embrace the vampires that we have become and continue to prey off not only the lost but those within the family of God or we can confess our sin of idolatry, repent before a holy God, and slay once for all the monsters we have become.  The clock is ticking…what are we going to choose?
Works Cited
Clements, Susannah. The Vampire Defanged: How the Embodiment of Evil Became a Romantic Hero. Grand Rapids: Brazos. 2011. Print.
Lewis, Matthew. The Monk. London: Penguin. 1998. Print.
Lincoln, Abraham. The Gettysburg Address. Avalon Project. Yale Law School. 2008. Web. 1 August 2016.
Motorhead.”Orgasmatron.” Orgasmatron. GRW. 1986. M4A.
Rice, Anne. Interview With The Vampire. New York:Ballantine. 2009. Print.
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