St Stephan’s Day in a time of COVID.

I am aware that there are those who are still having Christmas: I think the Canadians should be heading to bed around about now. Over here, the weather started fine and we had a lovely late breakfast with the family. But Christmas is gone and the battle remains. The rulers of this earth remain frightened of the church resurgent, as they have been from the beginning.

A Merry Christmas to all of the fine folks out there that occasionally peruse this humble corner of the internet. You have probably noticed that it has been a little quiet over here this month. No, I have not succumbed to the sniffles. I am in good health and feeling fine and dandy, even in the midst of the second lockdown of the year. This latest version of nationwide house arrest came down upon us over Christmas, while the first version landed directly on Easter. But I am sure that is merely a coincidence. Ho ho ho.

Yes, and they think they have won, for they only see the material and the massess. Bruche harolton did not see the reistance becuase it was not televised, but it is treal and t it continues. The best Christmas virtual alternative carol service I found — too long to show here — was from London.

So, as 2020 comes to its close; instead of a world in which all public institutions are on-side (on the one-side) with the Global Establishment totalitarian agenda of social and civilizational destruction and mandatory materialism…

Instead of this there would be two sides.

On one side would be the Global Establishment; and on the other side, and the only significant institution to be on the other side – would be the Christian churches and a great mass of self-identified Christians.

That is the Alternative 2020: a world where things came to a point and the choice became binary – but in this Alternative world, Christians and their churches (en masse) chose the side of God!

Rather than what actually happened In Real Life, where they joined-with Satan.

On real life a minority — the brightest, the more astute, the under-standers of the times, those who saw patterns — saw the lies in the mass media and walked away. They stopped feeding the beast. Wren you have to pay Apple or Google to see Die Hard you switch the TV off and talk. The boys spent half the afternoon watching Uncle Roger instead.

The remainder of society hate the truth and would deplatform anyone who mentions it. If we are lucky. If we are not, our blood will be witness. The materialists don’t know they are minions of Satan, but he’s got them well trained.

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Jeremiah 26:12-15

12 Then Jeremiah spoke to all the officials and all the people, saying, “The Lord sent me to prophesy against this house and this city all the words you have heard. 13 Now therefore mend your ways and your deeds, and obey the voice of the Lord your God, and the Lord will relent of the disaster that he has pronounced against you. 14 But as for me, behold, I am in your hands. Do with me as seems good and right to you. 15 Only know for certain that if you put me to death, you will bring innocent blood upon yourselves and upon this city and its inhabitants, for in truth the Lord sent me to you to speak all these words in your ears.”

Acts 6:8-15

8 And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen. 10 But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. 11 Then they secretly instigated men who said, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.” 12 And they stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came upon him and seized him and brought him before the council, 13 and they set up false witnesses who said, “This man never ceases to speak words against this holy place and the law, 14 for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses delivered to us.” 15 And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

Acts 7:51-60

51 “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. 52 Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, 53 you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.”

54 Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. 55 But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57 But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him. 58 Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

But it cannot happeh here, we think. We live in the West. It was founded on Christ. It has made evangelists, pastors, builders of railways, sewers and hospitals (Always build the sewers first) and the church won’t be burned and we won’t have to sing after doing it for th eglory of God. We may. We pray that we will be spared this, but we, like Stephen may find ourselves in this place.

Because we stop the revolutionaries killing and damning our nations by our presence.

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The modern secular ideal of government is based on “Enlightenment” ideology and its subsequent evolution into the revolutionary mindset. The Granddad of modern revolutions, the French Revolution, made no attempt to hide the fact that it desired the complete overthrow of “throne and altar.” The brutal history of bloody secular revolutions has always set as primary targets royalty and clergy (and anyone who would support them). A very enticing motto was created – rule for the people and by the people. The essential problem here is an inversion of authority. In the Christian ideal authority to rule (as Tsar or President) comes ultimately from God. In modern democracies the authority to rule is said to reside in, that is, takes its source from, the people. The people may choose who and what they want to rule over them (while at times, in some instances, giving lip service to God). This is pure humanism. (Democracy is not de facto bad, but the complete secular implementation of it is very faulty.) The people are deluded into thinking that they are the source of authority for those who rule over them; thus ascribing to themselves, as if possible, an authority that belongs to God alone. And the rulers are “freed” from the notion that they will answer to a Higher Authority and thus they now may do whatever is “right in their own eyes.”

In such an inversion, rather than the government assisting to prepare people for ultimate eternal existence, it becomes totally consumed with the base tendencies of humanity and the enshrining of these tendencies in civil law. Subjective and nebulous ideas such as “human rights” and “equality” replace the objective realities of Christian charity and love. The tyranny of fallen human perversions and passions become the dictators of human existence; any attempt to inhibit them is called a restriction of freedom, an infringement on “human rights,” and hateful. Fallen human degeneracy becomes a “right” which must be protected and even promoted under civil law. The “people” and their governments begin to believe that they have the authority, power, and right to rewrite the definitions of human morality and existence. This is the situation in the glorious democracies of the West at present.

St. John Maximovich asks a very important question, “Why was Tsar Nicholas II persecuted and killed?” And he provides the wise answer, “Because he was Tsar, Tsar by the grace of God. He was the bearer and incarnation of the Orthodox worldview that the Tsar is the servant of God, the Anointed of God, and that to Him he must give an account for the people entrusted to him by destiny.”

To rule as Tsar was a sacramental act, a mysterion. At the coronation of the Russian Tsar, he would enter the altar and commune in the same manner as a priest. As the priest is bound to give an answer to God for the flock with which he is entrusted, so the Tsar is pertinently reminded that he will ultimately answer to the King of kings for the people over whom God has placed him as ruler.

Thus, the Tsar stood as an icon of the reality of heavenly rule; a reminder to even other rulers of the earth that true sovereignty belongs to God Most-High, the High King of all.

We still have a window. We can, at least in New Zealand, still meet, still worship, still talk, still travel. We can be with our familes this Christmas. Yes, the border is shut. Yes, we have a moron materialist running the place into the ground.

But that we can but pray about. We need to look at what we can do. And that is seek truth, beauty, and God.

Out in the real world, things are okay. Birds are singing, fish are swimming, dogs are frolicking and, where I am, the sun is shining.

Don’t let all this nonsense get you down. There’s no need to follow or comment upon every new insanity. In a time of madness, look to your own inner resources and the beauty of nature to get you through.

We don’t have to give everything our equal attention. Walking down the street, we are free to look away from a pile of rubbish and gaze instead upon the tops of swaying coconut palms against the azure sky.

In the same way, we can turn our eyes from the ugliness of decline and see instead the beauty of the world.

Happy Boxing Day, which in better times memorialized St Stephen Martyr.

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Will S.
4 months ago

A belated Merry Christmas, weka and kea.