The Secular Myth of Intimacy and Equality
The French Revolution of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity greased the slippery slope which today has been so distorted that the New Order equates the idiom that "intimacy is only possible between equals" with the nonsensical conclusion that man is equal to God. There is no other way to describe this rubbish than heresy.
"Additionally, God reaches out to us in many ways not the least of which was sending us His only Son as a Sacrificial Lamb for our redemption and salvation. By doing so He was not saying that He was our equal or that we should see Him that way, but rather that He loves us that much and therefore our respect and submission to Divine Wisdom entails that we accept and embrace God's valuation that we are worth saving. Given this view of holy, sacred intimacy, we see that we can be intimate with God through prayer while still accepting that we are obviously not God's equal nor that anything else is God's equal."
The idea has been bandied about that "intimacy is possible only between equals." At first this notion might seem to make sense from a practical viewpoint. It seems rational that unless a married couple fully respects each other as equal partners in a divine, sacramental relationship, that couple cannot really be truly intimate as God intended. To the degree that sexuality is devoid of that equality, that mutuality, it is not so much intimate as actually public and distorted. Likewise, any business relationship cannot be truly moral and genuine if the partners do not see and respect each other as having the equal capacity to contribute something constructive to the business venture. Finally, what family can survive in a healthy way if the parents view their children as mere subordinates with no rights or dignity? The more I thought about the above phrase, I began to realize that it invited a distortion, a confusion about the meaning of "equality" and even about "intimacy."
This society thrives on the notion of equality as a term mixing power, authority, integrity, respect, and rights. When people cry that women deserve "equal rights" they are really saying that women should have all of the power and authority that men have, that they should be given just as much responsibility as men have, and that they should be treated as men are. Absent is the idea that one can treat someone as "an equal" without necessarily granting that person equal rights, authority, power, and influence. It is possible for a boss to treat his employee with respect and dignity, to accept that this employee has a voice and concerns, without making that employee a partner in the business or giving him part ownership! In this sense, "equality" means viewing the other as one deserving of equal respect and dignity. It is listening to the other and considering his or her positions and words without blowing them off as mere wind from a trivial source.
Obviously, this modified view of equality does not sit well with radical feminists or pro-abortion types since they have fused respect, dignity, consideration, and the right to be heard with authority, power, and absolute right. Once this distorted view of "equality" is accepted, the notion that intimacy is possible only between equals becomes distorted as well, evolving into some kind of decree that there can be no intimacy where there is unequal power and authority. Certainly this latter view makes sense if one only considers human power and authority for such power and authority is prone to abuse therefore rendering intimacy on such terms inherently corrupt and dysfunctional, as is usually the root and case in sexual harassment situations.
By now we must all be aware that prayer and meditation are unique forms of intimacy with God, with Christ, with Our Blessed Mother, and with the Saints. Such communication by its definition and nature brings us in contact with Heaven and creates a sacred bridge between our world and the Divine. If we accepted the secular distortion that equality means equal power and authority then we would either have to reject prayer as impossible, foolish, or useless or degrade God as our equal. We would have to see prayer as folly since its whole value is found in its intimacy with God or the Divine.
If we were merely praying to the wind, we would be wasting our time and actually offending God since He alone and Those He has so blessed are the only worthy targets of prayer. In other words, the only way prayer makes sense is if it brings us into intimate connection with the Sacred. Conversely, if we argue that true intimacy is only possible among equals and prayer is intimacy, then we must conclude that true prayer is only possible among equals. Given that supposition, we would either have to declare true prayer impossible if we accept that we are not equal to God or we would have to argue that God is our equal and therefore prayer to Him is true intimacy!
Obviously, this society's view of equality as being equality in power and authority makes no sense when applied to the sacred and to prayer as intimacy with God. The only way that one can reconcile prayer, intimacy with God, and equality is to see that there must be an intimacy which is greater and far beyond the mere secular, temporal, superficial equality and intimacy we define in this world. That intimacy is sacred intimacy and it is the basis from which we can argue that we can be truly intimate with God through prayer.
Sacred intimacy is based on the notion that equality is not tied to power or authority but to love, respect, integrity, sacrifice, service, mercy, forgiveness, and reaching out. God calls on us to love, respect and serve each others as brothers and sisters, as equals on that basis out of love for Him first and foremost. He often expresses his distaste for arrogance, vanity, envy, jealously, violence, abuse, and disrespect because these evils are rooted in not treating the other as an equal.
Additionally, God reaches out to us in many ways not the least of which was sending us His only Son as a Sacrificial Lamb for our redemption and salvation. By doing so He was not saying that He was our equal or that we should see Him that way, but rather that He loves us that much and therefore our respect and submission to Divine Wisdom entails that we accept and embrace God's valuation that we are worth saving. Given this view of holy, sacred intimacy, we see that we can be intimate with God through prayer while still accepting that we are obviously not God's equal nor that anything else is God's equal.
The New Order's Purpose
Much about the New Order seeks to displace or degrade God, to deny Christ's Divinity, and even to paint the priest as nothing more than one of us. He has been reduced to a "presider" and in the New Order all he does, if he's allowed to do that, is choreograph the choir, lectors and endless drones of 'eucharistic' ministers passing out wafers and downing the rest of the wine. The New Order hates reverence and submission to the Divine and the Novus Ordo reflects that truth only too well. Just as dropping a host or spilling the wine doesn't seem a violation to them today, this lack of reverence seeks to spill the notion that we are equal into the realm of faith and paint Christ as "one of us" or "one of many."
Obviously, this Order has a penchant for waving "equality" as its justification for all manner of foul deeds and sin, coating such evil as some noble notion of equality and justice. How else does one justify (which can not be justified) altar girls, women in the sanctuary, nuns wearing secular clothing and feminists clamoring to be ordained? In arguing that intimacy is only possible between equals, the New Order seeks a win/win situation. Either we will have to abandon prayer as fanciful folly and myth, or we will have to see God as our equal, which is the folly of New Age. Either way, the New Order wins. It is for this reason that we cannot accept the idea that intimacy is only possible between equals because, in truth, it is a lose/lose proposition that only leads to perdition!
The New Order thrives on innocent, often noble-sounding phrases, axioms, and statements that seem truthful and profound yet hide distortion and deception. Such an axiom is the idea that Intimacy is possible only between equals. This statement seems to utter profound and truthful points especially when applied to the relation between humans, but its application should be limited to mere mortals and never be applied to God. Although this statement may ring true when discussing the interaction of our weak and fallible humanity, its validity in discussing the Divine is seriously poor and deceptive. The New Order pretends, however, that this kind of thinking is universally applicable, thereby justifying much of its New Age rhetoric. Any true follower of Christ and servant of God will quickly see that he or she can be truly intimate with the Divine while accepting the fact that we are not equal to It. To truly understand this, to truly comprehend why Jesus came down from Heaven and shed the very last drop of His Most Precious Blood, it takes a humble and submissive heart.
Editor's Note: Heaven is once again under attack by those who would seek to ignore and overthrow God's majesty and authority. Gabriel Garnica, educator and attorney, submits regular insights and commentaries to remind and help guide readers toward a deeper and more assertive faith. Touching on topics and issues ranging from personal faith, doctrine, education, scripture, the media, family life, morality, and values, Gabriel's notes are music to traditional ears but unpleasant tones to those who have bought into the misguided notions so prevalent and spreading in today's Catholic world.