Yes, this is late. We have had a fair amount of things to do in the last 24 hours at Casa Weka: we returned home and did a fair amount of redecorating, have had a birthday celebration for my beloved, and we hope to be at virtual church this night. As a result, exhaustion got me before I could schedule the lectionary for this morning, and the task list had a priority first thing.
Over the last few days we have been talking about feelings of oppression and despair. Adam generally sees things clearly, and he notes:
For now our communication lines are open. But who knows what the future may bring. Perhaps this humble website will eventually have to go underground in printed form in order to get out the good word to the true believers. The Hungarians and Czechs from mid-20th century Europe would have some words of advice on this matter, one would presume, among other nations who have felt the jackboot on the neck in recent times.
Our own jackboot has been long coming, but its weight is slowly settling down of its own accord. For nothing short of bloody revolution can stop it now. It has a mind of its own, a mob mind that will consume us and itself faster than a moth in a flame. My words are not meant to discourage or to inspire feelings of hopelessness. But sometimes acknowledging the reality of a looming situation can do wonders for making people better prepared so that they are not caught wholly up in the net of becoming an unwitting victim.
So we vaguely sketch out the battle lines and wonder how it will fall. Which countries will go under quickly, which ones will make a fight of it and which ones will drag down those around them. And for all of those young men who for the past decade or so have been wishing that they had been born in a time when they could have real adventures, your wishes may about to become true. Lucky you.
If you’re a Christian, the goal of the Enemy (you know who when I write the big E) is to make you feel despair. If you’re not a Christian, and still on the Right, the goal of the enemy is the same – to make you feel despair. To make you feel you cannot win. To make you feel that there is nothing you can do to stop the inevitable march of history. The Enemy (or enemy) wants you to believe that the victory of the Left is inevitable.
That’s why my Friday posts are, at least recently, focused on the opposite. The victory of the Right is inevitable. And that’s what scares the Left more than anything. They will do absolutely everything they can to make you feel powerless. They will do whatever they can to make you feel that nothing you do matters. You can’t fight them.
The feeling of oppression and despair is not a comment on your character. It is not a sin. It is a signal. The times are oppressive, and speaking truth is fairly revolutionary. We do not walk in integrity perfectly, but any attempt at being without pretense is a threat to those who live by lies.
A Psalm of David.
26 Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity,
And I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.
2 Examine me, O Lord, and try me;
Test my mind and my heart.
3 For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes,
And I have walked in Your truth.
4 I do not sit with deceitful men,
Nor will I go with pretenders.
5 I hate the assembly of evildoers,
And I will not sit with the wicked.
6 I shall wash my hands in innocence,
And I will go about Your altar, O Lord,
7 That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving
And declare all Your wonders.
8 O Lord, I love the habitation of Your house
And the place where Your glory dwells.
The place of God is too often compromised. There are those who hate the habitation of his people, and burn the thing down. Churches included. But it does not matter. We shall become hard: we shall not turn because the person attacking us has given us no quarter. We shall not preach race or nation or tribe. We shall preach Christ and he will be our flag.
15 You who know, O Lord,
Remember me, take notice of me,
And take vengeance for me on my persecutors.
Do not, in view of Your patience, take me away;
Know that for Your sake I endure reproach.
16 Your words were found and I ate them,
And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;
For I have been called by Your name,
O Lord God of hosts.
17 I did not sit in the circle of merrymakers,
Nor did I exult.
Because of Your hand upon me I sat alone,
For You filled me with indignation.
18 Why has my pain been perpetual
And my wound incurable, refusing to be healed?
Will You indeed be to me like a deceptive stream
With water that is unreliable?
19 Therefore, thus says the Lord,
“If you return, then I will restore you—
Before Me you will stand;
And if you extract the precious from the worthless,
You will become My spokesman.
They for their part may turn to you,
But as for you, you must not turn to them.
20 “Then I will make you to this people
A fortified wall of bronze;
And though they fight against you,
They will not prevail over you;
For I am with you to save you
And deliver you,” declares the Lord.
21 “So I will deliver you from the hand of the wicked,
And I will redeem you from the grasp of the violent.”
Yes, we have enemies. They have taken their masks off, and they do not speak truth. We are not be like them. We are never to be like them. All they have is their virtue signalling, and that will never save them.
9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honour; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practising hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Speak truth and they will hate you. Do good and they will deplatform you: subvert you, compromise the actions, attribute the good you do to another.
But they are people of the lie, and we were never called to be like them. Our works of good are are witness, and let that witness be to Christ.