One of the things that does happen during this life is conflict and war. The battle in the spiritual realm infects our culture. Politics is downstream from culture. The elite now have no patience for the working man or the man of faith. If the leaders oof the culture are burning books, they will soon consider people less than human.
And then the pogroms begin. Ina spiritual fight, there is no neutral side. You re either for Christ, or against him. Our Papist Aussie Sedevancantist gets that.
When civil wars begin to move towards the pointy end of the conflict, staying neutral becomes somewhat of a health hazard. As in the American Revolutionary War, the two sides are beginning to coalesce their supporters and allies. Many will attempt to remain neutral well beyond the point where it is impossible to do so, and that may result in people finding themselves in enemy territory when it all kicks off.
A cursory examination of the opening months of the Spanish Civil War will leave the reader in no doubt as to how that went for people on both sides. Remaining neutral is just what the enemy wants us to do as the more people who do so the better they are able to strengthen their forces, as well as actively identifying the useful idiots among them. Better to stand up courageously now than to cower in fear later on when the choice becomes moot.
And, yes, at times this means war. Fighting. To preserve the people. At time sit does mean running — and Christ said if we are not welcome, we should go. But when there is no place to retreat, attack. With the law of God and preferably man on your side.
3 Then Esther spoke again to the king. She fell at his feet and wept and pleaded with him to avert the evil plan of Haman the Agagite and the plot that he had devised against the Jews. 4 When the king held out the golden sceptre to Esther, 5 Esther rose and stood before the king. And she said, “If it please the king, and if I have found favour in his sight, and if the thing seems right before the king, and I am pleasing in his eyes, let an order be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, which he wrote to destroy the Jews who are in all the provinces of the king. 6 For how can I bear to see the calamity that is coming to my people? Or how can I bear to see the destruction of my kindred?” 7 Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther and to Mordecai the Jew, “Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and they have hanged him on the gallows, because he intended to lay hands on the Jews. 8 But you may write as you please with regard to the Jews, in the name of the king, and seal it with the king’s ring, for an edict written in the name of the king and sealed with the king’s ring cannot be revoked.”
9 The king’s scribes were summoned at that time, in the third month, which is the month of Sivan, on the twenty-third day. And an edict was written, according to all that Mordecai commanded concerning the Jews, to the satraps and the governors and the officials of the provinces from India to Ethiopia, 127 provinces, to each province in its own script and to each people in its own language, and also to the Jews in their script and their language. 10 And he wrote in the name of King Ahasuerus and sealed it with the king’s signet ring. Then he sent the letters by mounted couriers riding on swift horses that were used in the king’s service, bred from the royal stud, 11 saying that the king allowed the Jews who were in every city to gather and defend their lives, to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate any armed force of any people or province that might attack them, children and women included, and to plunder their goods, 12 on one day throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar. 13 A copy of what was written was to be issued as a decree in every province, being publicly displayed to all peoples, and the Jews were to be ready on that day to take vengeance on their enemies. 14 So the couriers, mounted on their swift horses that were used in the king’s service, rode out hurriedly, urged by the king’s command. And the decree was issued in Susa the citadel.
15 Then Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal robes of blue and white, with a great golden crown[b] and a robe of fine linen and purple, and the city of Susa shouted and rejoiced. 16 The Jews had light and gladness and joy and honour. 17 And in every province and in every city, wherever the king’s command and his edict reached, there was gladness and joy among the Jews, a feast and a holiday. And many from the peoples of the country declared themselves Jews, for fear of the Jews had fallen on them.
19 After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out,
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
2 for his judgements are true and just;
for he has judged the great prostitute
who corrupted the earth with her immorality,
and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”[a]
3 Once more they cried out,
The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.”
4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshipped God who was seated on the throne, saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!” 5 And from the throne came a voice saying,
“Praise our God,
all you his servants,
you who fear him,
small and great.”
6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
7 Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
8 it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
9 And the angel said[b] to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”
In the end, Christ will win. But now, what we do does matter for the generations to come. You don;t think about these things, and you can be forgotten for a while, But your children should recall that they came from your lineage,
Six generations separate me from Abraham Bolt, the teenage Patriot. If he had eight children, how many distant cousins might I have through this one ancestor? You see, that was the whole point that got me going through this research. Our ancestors had big families, and over the course of a few generations, that adds up to a lot of cousins. Just to give you an idea, my Aunt Lera Mae had seven children. When she died at age 95, her survivors included 26 great-grandchildren. Do the math, and you soon realize that if all the descendants of my Patriot ancestor Abraham Bolt were to attend a family reunion, there would be hundreds of us.
Something else to think about: Every Fourth of July, we celebrate America’s independence, dating this to the anniversary of 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was made public. But it was not the fine phrases of the Declaration — those self-evident truths — that made the United States an independent nation. No, it was the soldiers who fought the war that won our freedom, and how many of those Patriot soldiers were just teenage farm boys like my ancestor? All he did was serve nine months of militia duty, earning only £12, 17 shillings, 1½ pence as payment for his service, and I never even knew his name until yesterday when I traced the family tree a few generations farther back.
YOu have to consider what you do. Do you chase the ephemeral, and find yourself damned and no children to follow you? Esther was a heroine, yes, but so was eevry other woman of the Jews who took her courage in her hand, wed a man, and bore children knowing there was a chance she could die in childbirth.
What we do now does not merely affect us, but those who follow.
This is a time of injustice. If we preach anything approaching the truth, it will be deemed rebellion. Preach anyway. If the elite want it, it is generally worse than you think.