…and there’s nothing new about it. Consider this, from Philo Judaeus’ The Worse Plotting Against the Better, XXI, written about the time Our Lord was on the earth:
But it is the nature of sophists to have for enemies the faculties which are in them, while their language is at variance with their thoughts and their thoughts with their language, and while neither is in the least degree consistent with the other. At all events, they wear out our ears, arguing that justice is a great bond of society, that temperance is a profitable thing, that continence is a virtuous thing, that piety is a most useful thing, and, of each other virtue, that it is a most wholesome and saving quality. And, on the other hand, that injustice is a quality with which we ought to have no truce, that intemperance is a diseased habit, that impiety is scandalous, and so going through every kind of wickedness, that each sort is most pernicious. And, nevertheless, they never cease showing by their conduct that their real opinion is the reverse of their language. But, when they extol prudence and temperance and justice and piety, they then show that they are, above all measure, foolish, and intemperate, and unjust, and impious; in short, that they are throwing into confusion and overturning all divine and human regulations and principles
If there’s one thing we should be learning from the Wikileaks revelations, it’s that our elites don’t operate any different now than from the sophists of Philo’s day. And that’s something that this blog has hammered on for a long time. The fact that Christians can so blithely think they can “move up” and have an impact in this society without entangling themselves in this kind of thing is a major failure of the church.