2 April 2020

There was a thread elsewhere about bad fiction, and a couple of the very long, multibook fantasy series were mentioned, by Robert Jordan and G.R.R. Martin respectively. The number of people who halfway through book three or so decided that this was a waste. of. time. and stopped was significant. The reason is that the series were not beautiful, or true, or honourable. They did not encourage righteousness, but degeneration. And even in these fallen times, they stank… with time. Revolted, we left them.

There is goodness in this world[1], and it should lead us to praise of God and meeting the goal of God: that we are sincere and blameless. Much of the product of this time does not, for the spirit of this time has degenerated: but we are in crisis, and this could change.

Philippians 1:1-11

1 Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus,

To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, 5 in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. 7 For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me. 8 For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

It is not us who completes a good work, and brings our lives to a glorious conclusion. It is God. Our job is to endure. In this life, being the Last Christian Standing [2] is to bear witness against the time we are in. But when the elite think they will win, there is a confrontation — and like the priests of Ba’al sponsored by the Israelite foreign queen [3] their works will fail, and be seen to fail.

It is a terrible thing to fall into that fate. Trust instead in God.

1. Yes, I got the days of the week out of order.
2. What Captain Capitalism called a previous iteration of the blog, elsewhere.
3. Her name is a byword to this day: Jezebel.

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1 year ago

Do I get some sort of medal for having the entire Robert Jordan thing? It didn’t get horrible for me until about book 8-9, but darn if there weren’t too many loose ends to just leave tossed around my brain untidily at that point.

And then he went and DIED before he finished it. -sigh- The finishing books were most unsatisfactory. Authorial voice matters.