[From “Racism or the Tao?”]
Even St. Paul's most pared-down tool belt of virtues is both oddly formidable, and remarkably useful:
"Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."
Social scientists have come to recognize the civilization-building power of the final item on this list. Max Weber's classic The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism linked such religious virtues to secular success. The fruits of the spirit may include patience and self-control, but to apply those virtues in the workplace, will bring money in the bank. Likewise, Mona Charen's Sex Matters, and Heather MacDonald's War on Cops, demonstrate that a lack of self-control and sexual faithfulness undermines one's power to express love, destroys peace and joy, and creates a ruthless subculture of predators and prey.
It is for want of "fruit of the Spirit" that murder rates soar on the South Side of Chicago.
Virtue is power. It is the reliable child who is given the flag to direct traffic. Sexual self-control creates families and gives them strength. Scrooge's hard work and careful saving allows him to buy a Christmas turkey for the Cratchits. (Dickens' own father lost his son’s esteem by wasting his earnings.)
Am I boring you? Would you rather drive a "Black Lives Matter" sign into the front lawn of your church, and gain cheap grace? Do you fear that telling men and women to get married before sleeping together will sound "patronizing," "bigoted," or "racist," because those are the only tools left in your belt? Or are you afraid you might have to follow Paul’s code yourself? Restrained sexuality may build civilizations, but it frightens a Roe Vs. Wade generation.