I had the wife of one of the elders, who has been in ministry for most of her life, come up to me before church today. She said that I had been talking truth to the press, and what I said was true. I said that there had been pushback — and there has been. She said that was inevitable because Satan wants us happy and content and not questioning the rulers as they promote anything but the faith.
It is part of my job to do some of this stuff. I don’t like it, but I have to interface with politicians and their civil servants. The main motivation they have is fear: the main virtue is self esteem, and all must honour them. Without honour, they are fragile. And interfacing with them can be a deadly trap.
You can pursue political life for the sake of your own glory or for the glory of Jesus Christ. The purpose of the former is to experience heaven on Earth through the belief that your political ideas, when implemented by the society at large, will save you and those around you. In essence, you create a false idol out of your worldview. You look towards a narrow and perhaps accidental period of history, such as the 1950s in America, and get nostalgic about the “heaven” that those in that era were able to experience, but such an interpretation of heaven is purely focused on the material. The men of that era may have had nice houses in quiet neighborhoods and wives that knew how to make apple pie, but how was their spiritual life? Were they saved? Or was the high material comfort and ease they experienced a barrier to their salvation?
I consider it a gift to myself and other men that we were born in such an evil time as now, where the women around us have so eagerly chosen sterility and death instead of family and spiritual life, because it’s through this inverted world that we can call on God to help us endure. If your ideal world existed now, and all your political ideas made the Earth perfect, why would you need God? Why would you even need heaven?
The biggest problem with political activism for its own sake is that it feeds your pride, especially when people start listening to your ideas. Multiple priests have told me that the worst sin is pride—no other sin is as reliable in separating you from Christ. Pride is the fuel that makes you think you have it all figured out, that you are your own god and don’t need the One God to save you, but you were created from nothing and will fade back to nothing. None of your achievements will be worth remembering when human history ends and this universe folds up into a speck of matter as it was at the moment God began time and space. How is it possible to have pride for that which will be lost in the wind for all eternity? To have pride is demonic in nature, a blatant lie of who you are and why you’re here, and nothing feeds it better than the realm of politics where you have followers and donors.
If you believe that lie, you will please this world. But we should not. We should speak the truth. We should keep the laws (unless they demand we deny Christ) — and we should show mercy and love. But we must be prepared to run. Many Kings hate Christ because they want the cultus of God-Emperor.
11 Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. 12 Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. 15 For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. 16 Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. 17 Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.
We are in a time of crisis. Yet the first thing that Peter said to the church, who were in a deeper and more bloody crisis that we face now, was to abstain from lusts. The besetting lusts of this age are wrath and lust: the underlying sin, as Roosh pointed out, is pride, which we call self-esteem because we eschew icky honesty. The trouble is that if we go and do as they do, we are seen as equivelant, and we lose moral authority.
The battle is not in this world. It is moral, and eternal. There are those who would weaponize tragedy so that medically assisted death replaces tragedy. In this time, we are choosing to fight with honour though our enemies are anything but with truth, honour.
Or beauty, or joy.
And that is how they will lose.
To see everything as a political equation, and part of the calculus of power, is to reduce man to an economic unit. You have to cast the glory we have away, and quantify. This has always ended badly.
So, in this time, we have to warn people, for to not do so is to hate them. We have to respect our race and tribe, so we can respect their race and tribe. Above all, we have to love those of Christ.
Regardless of where they are. For that is the brotherhood eternal.