Sometimes the anti-spirituality of the powers of evil becomes apparent, as a vision; when I notice that all over the world, in a million ways - small and large - the message is being propagated that I am the problem.
My-self is what stands in the path of the desirable world of justice, equity, environmentalism, peace, health, spirituality and all that is approved.
All persons are being told - directly and indirectly - that each is an obstacle. We therefore cannot trust our-selves. Neither can we trust other people - who are as bad as we are.
What then is good? Because there is no God in our world; instead the 'good' is vague, abstract... im-personal - indeed it is the 'system' that overcomes the person which is the only hope of goodness.
Nobody says this, because it would be absurd to claim it; yet it is implicit in the faith in more-and-ever-more abstract-impersonal legislation, rules, monitoring, propaganda, control, coercion...
Nobody asks who administers these - it is assumed that anything which reduces the autonomy of persons and increases systems will eliminate the major source of hazard: the problem of individual people.
Consider what we are being told, again and again in a thousand ways:
I and my activities am a source of environmentally-lethal CO2.
By my very existence; I am in essence an eater of living beings, a consumer of energy, a polluter.
I am the potential harbour and vector for a deadly pandemic.
I am a racist - so deeply racist that I cannot know this nor control it: and racism is the worst of all sins.
I am a hater of all kinds of disadvantaged persons - and so deeply that I cannot know or control it.
In a world of victims - I am the unconscious and incorrigible victimizer.
In such a world, being the kind of people we are; our job is to stand-aside, step-down, allow the regulatory-system to do that good which I am preventing.
We should strive to first minimize, then eliminate our 'footprints' on life, our 'impact', and our offspring - actual and potential.
We are being propagandized and enforced with an ethic of self-loathing tending towards self-elimination.
And the only approved form of spirituality are those of negation; those that emphasize the self as evil, an obstacle to the 'divine' will.
But all this top-down, pervasive, approved and imposed negative-inverted-value-set constitutes the opposite of that which is Christian.
As Christians - for each and every one of us - I am the potential means by which God works in this mortal world; and without-which that work will not be done.
So, when I am following Jesus Christ; I am not an obstacle/ problem/ vector/ consumer/ polluter/ exploiter or hater; but instead - if I choose - an indispensable tool of providence, and a co-creator of Good.