Wake up, sleepwalker

Ben Domenech’s monologuing is usually worth your time, but his recent discourses on Fox might pique Mad Christian’s particular interest. While there is plenty to cause alarm in Domenech’s “The American Crisis,” he does offer hope and challenges his viewers to wake up.

In one commentary, Domenech reflects on the Obama era campaign called “The Life of Julia,” warning that the current administration, under the cover of the pandemic, is picking up where Obama left off.

“The Life of Julia” summarized, probably too well, the hollowness of a life dependent on the State. Writing at CNN, William Bennett notes: “Julia’s entire life is defined by her interactions with the state. Government is everywhere and each step of her life is tied to a government program. Notably absent in her story is any relationship with a husband, family, church, or community, except a ‘community’ garden where she works post-retirement. Instead, the state has taken their place and is her primary relationship.”

While Progressive politicians may think it is just to have everyone provided for by government, a little bit of thought reveals that such dependancy makes you slave to the whims of the rich and powerful. It would seem a few folks have done their homework, though, with a recent survey finding that a whole lot of Americans don’t want assistance from the government and would rather be left alone. 

We know for realz that our readers are awake! It has been exciting to see the Mad Christian movement come to life, and we know that many of you are already fighting back. We can remember Nehemiah, who wrote: 

“For they all were trying to make us afraid, saying, “Their hands will be weakened in the work, and it will not be done.”Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.” 

If you want some inspiration, Joy Pullman compiled a list at The Federalist with heaps of ways you can “shake wide awake.”  Run along home, Sanballat, we got work to do.

Welcome to Everywhere

Coby Lefkowitz wrote an interesting essay for Medium, asking “why everywhere looks the same.” He documents the way modern housing developments have a particular homogeneity to them. He writes that this cut-and-paste method of building means you can see pretty similar apartment blocks in Tampa or in Fargo.

Lefkowitz summarizes the reasons for the trend of recycling building designs all over the country. He explains that building codes have been transcribed from one municipality to another, as the difficulty of hammering out a policy unique to your locale is more difficult. Thus national and international building codes influence all new developments.

The zoning of land means that there are less places to build and it is often well-funded developers that are best placed to buy and build. Lefkowitz argues that out-of-town investors have little incentive to create something which takes account of the climate, culture, or traditions of the places they build in.

It wasn’t always like this and Lefkowitz hopes to see a return to the olden days. “Before the rise of zoning and consolidation of development, the country was full of special places with wonderful vernacular architecture. These were cities and towns built by many hands. Cities and towns that aged gracefully through generations of stewards iteratively building from the foundations of their predecessors.” Expressed that way, it is understandable that Lefkowitz links the rise of “placeless” places to loneliness and a feeling of dislocation. 

Here we see more ways for Mad Christians to stay weird. While we know that one day, it will all be rolled up as a scroll, we can joyfully seek the good of the place we are in. We can build things to last, even while we look forward to another city who’s builder and maker is God. 

We may not be in a position to affect change on a huge scale, but there are ways to make our communities more like a “place”, practicing hospitality and telling people “He is risen, you are paid for, he won’t be long now.”