Today I was listening to an Australian Christian on Youtube talk about "spiritual Babylon," and he made an interesting observation. He asked: what do Critical Race Theory, climate politics, the pride movement, abortion, euthanasia, and transgenderism all have in common? They all share an important unifying element: all of them compete with God's authority as Creator, by putting man and man's power in the place of God. Examples: God is the only one who has the right and power to say when life begins, but man seeks to create his own, self-serving definition of when life begins. God is the one to say when anyone's life will end, but some seek to take that decision for themselves or for others. God is the one who makes us male or female, but transgenderism tries to give the power over sexual identity to humans. God made us all to be of one race, but CRT tries to say we are many races and some of those races must be forced to allow other (downtrodden) races to take ascendancy. God defined marriage as one man with one woman, but humans seek control over that definition and strive to establish validity for same-sex marriages. And so on. All of these issues are examples of man's desire to be as God, to make decisions that replace those of God, to take control of matters whose control rightly belongs in God's hands. In doing so, man pushes God aside and places himself, fallible humankind, on a secular throne of self-rule. He rebels against God and essentially seeks to worship the created (himself) rather than the Creator (Romans 1). The speaker says that every spiritual Babylon society, including the modern one, will demonstrate tolerance toward all sorts of gods, all sorts of ideals and philosophies, and a pluralism of viewpoints; but the one idea they can't tolerate is that of a single living Creator who is ruler over all the earth and its inhabitants, a Creator who has set forth one exclusive Way to come to Him. Thus, spiritual Babylons in the NT era always display hostility toward Christians and Christianity. As well, he points out, spiritual Babylons tend to seduce Christians into the same hedonistic self-rule. This dovetails perfectly with the book I just finished reading, "Live Not by Lies" by Rod Dreher. Dreher similarly mentions that today's western culture heartily embraces the serpent's promise, "Ye shall be as gods," and he points out that the seduction of Christianity is a well-recognized phenomenon. In fact, the latter has even been given a name in 2005 by sociologists of religion Melinda Lundquist Denton and Christian Smith; they called it, "Moralistic Therapeutic Deism." It is, says Dreher, "the decadent form that Christianity (and all faiths in fact) ha[ve] taken in contemporary America. It consists of the general belief that God exists, and wants nothing more from us than to be nice and to be happy" (emphasis mine). Dreher goes on to say that in today's therapeutic culture, "the great sin is to stand in the way of the freedom of others to find happiness as they wish. This goes hand in hand with the sexual revolution, which, along with ethnic and gender identity politics, replaced the failed economic class struggle as the utopian focus of the post-1960s radical left. These cultural revolutionaries found an ally in advanced capitalism, which teaches that nothing should exist outside of the market mechanism and its sorting of value according to human desires...if true freedom is defined as freedom of choice, as opposed to the classical concept of choosing virtue, then the door is wide open to reforming religion along therapeutic lines centered around subjective experience." The author also states, "...the spirit of the therapeutic has conquered the churches... Relatively few contemporary Christians are prepared to suffer for the faith, because the therapeutic society that has formed them denies the purpose of suffering in the first place, and the idea of bearing pain for the sake of truth seems ridiculous." Many of today's churches and Christians have embraced the pluralistic, broadly-accepting viewpoint of modern spiritual Babylon toward abortion, gay pride, transsexualism, social justice, and other issues. What they fail to recognize is the fact that they have been seduced into a "go along, get along" attitude that is, at its root, a secular and anti-God movement. This movement, says Dreher, is in the process of developing into a "soft totalitarianism" which will prove to be just as hostile toward God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as is the hard totalitarianism of the Communist system.