The test for the faithful is not the battle: it is the peace. The fervency of the faithful is seen in times of trial and oppression and strife. It fades in times of prosperity. I think those who preach that in Christ we will be happy and have all our material desires met lie. We have our needs met.
But the world hated Christ, and will hate us. The world will always want to compromise, and those who did not live through and witness the saving work of Christ will see it as tedious stories from their grandparents. They think the church is weak. But it is not.
However, they did highlight something interesting: Woke is powerless against based religions. Woke primarily attacks Christianity, burning down churches and the like. That’s because mainline Christianity is too weak to defend itself, and because of the theological roots of Woke. However, SJWs would be more hesitant to burn down an Orthodox church. You might get beaten to death by a mob of enraged, non-WEIRD Serbs.Nikolai Vladivostok.
The generation of feckless leaders that weakened the mainline churches are dying out, and the churches that are growing started as home groups, or dissident branches of the mainline. They have not had resources. They have struggled. And they have learned not to lie, and not to worship the spirit of this age.
Because to bow to the idols of the woke generation, or any generation, will not end well.
6 When Joshua dismissed the people, the people of Israel went each to his inheritance to take possession of the land. 7 And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great work that the Lord had done for Israel. 8 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of 110 years. 9 And they buried him within the boundaries of his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the hill country of Ephraim, north of the mountain of Gaash. 10 And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel. 11 And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals. 12 And they abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt. They went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed down to them. And they provoked the Lord to anger. 13 They abandoned the Lord and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth. 14 So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he gave them over to plunderers, who plundered them. And he sold them into the hand of their surrounding enemies, so that they could no longer withstand their enemies. 15 Whenever they marched out, the hand of the Lord was against them fior harm, as the Lord had warned, and as the Lord had sworn to them. And they were in terrible distress.Judges 2:6-15
10 I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold towards you when I am away!— 2 I beg of you that when I am present I may not have to show boldness with such confidence as I count on showing against some who suspect us of walking according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 6 being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete. 7 Look at what is before your eyes. If anyone is confident that he is Christ's, let him remind himself that just as he is Christ's, so also are we. 8 For even if I boast a little too much of our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be ashamed. 9 I do not want to appear to be frightening you with my letters. 10 For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account.” 11 Let such a person understand that what we say by letter when absent, we do when present.2 Corinthians 10:1-11
One of the things that I am finding is that at this time there is limits to what is grey. Most people are not really caring about salvation or the eternal: they have been well trained to only look at the pleasures of this day, and if they feel a sense of spiritual disconnetion to instead turn to yoga, to the east and stop thinking.
Unfortunately, Christianity requires you both think and act. If you do, you will run into opposition.
The demons only care about you when you care about your salvation. The ancient Desert Fathers remarked on the pattern: the instant you choose to pick up your cross and walk with Christ, the demons climb on your back and won’t leave until God has deemed their attacks sufficient for the building of your virtue. When I went into the mountains for two months to live in what I later found out was a former crack house, a den of exceeding vice, I was tormented by sexual dreams and nightmares involving actual demons burning my flesh. Relief only came when I slept beside a wooden cross. While the nightmares were frightening at the time, I must take it as a compliment that the demons cared enough to single me out. In my old life in the city, when I chased women for casual sex, Satan left me alone as I destroyed myself, and I can’t recall having even a single nightmare from the time I was behaving at my worst. From this point on, if Satan wants my soul, he’s going to have to devote all his resources to the task, whether I live in a city or not, because I certainly won’t give it to him without a fight.Roosh.
There will be plenty of time for conflict during a time of crisis, and we are in a time of crisis now. The social contract shifts. But consider this: we have turned away from God as thoroughly as the generation who forgot Joshua. If Israel was not spared, nor shall we be.
And in our actions and words we must reflect the truth.