Rowan Williams and Failed Elitist Liberalism
By Ladson F. Mills III
Special to VIRTUEONLINE
December 12, 2016
Modern day liberalism has proven itself not to be modern nor liberal, but elitist. It has deteriorated into a tired, used up, vacuous shell of what was once a principled and compassionate ideology.
This would explain the obsession with altering history rather than seeking workable solutions for modern issues. The sad truth is that decades of failure have unmasked nothing but assurances that certain special others know best.
Wading into the recent fray of the American Presidential election is former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. Williams is a perfect example of a failed ideology that places the wrong man in the wrong job at the wrong time. When the Anglican Communion needed the strength and determination of a Winston Church it received the timidity and indecision of a Neville Chamberlin.
But like so many aging elites Williams is not content to fade away quietly. He might have at least used his recent time at Cambridge University to reflect on why his ideology proved so lacking during his tenue as Archbishop of Canterbury. Instead he has the political fray with a smug and unbridled arrogance which is unable to grasp the magnitude of the changing world about him. He believes it is the fault of those who refuse to drink the Kool Aid and place aside reality to blindly follow continually failed policies.
Williams latest missive cites the presidential election as proof that mass Democracy has failed and what is now needed is a humane alternative. I am not quite sure what he was trying to say but then that has always been his failing. No one is ever quite sure what he is trying to say. Here is man who stood near the twin towers on 9/11 and would quickly write 'terrorists can have serious moral goals.' Within three years he would tell an audience at the Al-Azhar Institute in Cairo that followers of the will of God should not be led into ways of violence.
He has historically condemned the market state as inadequate but fails to understand that all human institutions are inadequate. Christianity reminds us that everyone is fallen not just those with whom we disagree. While accusing the new President-elect of 'indifference and self-interest' he shows no awareness that his philosophy has become the poster child for the same blindness.
With the recent death of Fidel Castro he might have commented on his record of murdering anyone who dared to oppose him. He might have suggested the millions stolen by the Castro brothers could been been put to better use by the Cuban people. He could have mentioned the kidnapping and raping of young Christian girls who are made sex slaves and sold like cattle by Islamic radicals. Rather than pander to an ideology he might do well to remember the Christian Gospel calls all to die to self
The election in America like Brexit in the United Kingdom represents a push back by people who are weary of being held in open disdain and expected to pay for the privilege.
Having spent too much time in the academic world of Oxford and Cambridge and now armed with the title, Lord Williams of Oystermouth has given him a rarified view, and he no longer acts as an entrusted servant.
He might benefit the wisdom of the former Marine Corps Commandant, General Charles Krulak who was asked what qualities he most looked for in a leader. He replied that he foremost sought 'faithful stewards'. I was not surprised to learn Krulak was not only a devout Christian but the brother of an Episcopal Priest. He understands the critical nature of entrusted servanthood.
There is an old saying that war is too important to be left to the generals. It seems that Rowan Williams has proven that the Christian Gospel is too important to be entrusted to old style liberal elitism.
Even when it is espoused by a former Archbishop of Canterbury.
Ladson F. Mills III is a priest with over thirty years pastoral experience. He is retired and lives with his wife in South Carolina. He currently serves as Scholar in Residence at Church of Our Saviour, Johns Island. He is a regular contributor to Virtueonline.
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