8 Feb 21: Do not reify your damnation.

Orthodox Preists

I always omit part of the reactionary post that is given, for brevity. Today the other text is about a son born because a prophet of God told a woman whose husband was too old she would no longer be barren. Kea says that this is beautiful, and I should dump everything else and put that up. But the other passages is around preaching against opposition, to the point that the apostles had to flee for their lives.

Sometimes you have to flee.

One of the reasons that we should listen to those from other streams of faith is that generall there is a place where there is peace. But those who are under pressure ar seeding not only righteousness in their lives, but the gospel in the Nation. There is a reason Russia is again becoming great; they have chosen God not the Marxist project to Immanentize the Eschaton.

The “eschaton” is the end of history, the end of the world, the Second Coming and General Judgment. “Immanentize” is a neo-verb from the word “immanent,” as in “immanent” and “transcendent,” two categories rather important to theology.

Something (or Someone) that’s “immanent” is in this world of space and time. Something (or Someone) “transcendent” surpasses, “transcends” the limits of space and time. The God of the Old Testament is seen almost always in transcendent terms: beyond the world, beyond space and time, “living in unapproachable light,” who sometimes descends to speak with His People. Jesus, in His Incarnation, underscores the immanent: God is here and now, in and part of this world.

Catholic theology, which is prone to resolving contrasts by “both/and,” recognizes we need both transcendence and immanence. God is not just “my good buddy” and certainly not on my level. He is utterly Other. At the same time, “the Word was made flesh and dwelled among us,” starting in a baby in Bethlehem.

The West on the other hand, conitnues in this debased project, reify-ing their damnation, by letting their sins define them. The Label becomes their prison: they are not allowed to change.

This is not the work of God. The fashions of this time will fall and fold. But Christ will remain.

Psalm 102:12-28

12 But you, O Lord, are enthroned for ever;
you are remembered throughout all generations.
13 You will arise and have pity on Zion;
it is the time to favour her;
the appointed time has come.
14 For your servants hold her stones dear
and have pity on her dust.
15 Nations will fear the name of the Lord,
and all the kings of the earth will fear your glory.
16 For the Lord builds up Zion;
he appears in his glory;
17 he regards the prayer of the destitute
and does not despise their prayer.
18 Let this be recorded for a generation to come,
so that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord:
19 that he looked down from his holy height;
from heaven the Lord looked at the earth,
20 to hear the groans of the prisoners,
to set free those who were doomed to die,
21 that they may declare in Zion the name of the Lord,
and in Jerusalem his praise,
22 when peoples gather together,
and kingdoms, to worship the Lord.
23 He has broken my strength in midcourse;
he has shortened my days.
24 “O my God,” I say, “take me not away
in the midst of my days—
you whose years endure
throughout all generations!”
25 Of old you laid the foundation of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
26 They will perish, but you will remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away,
27 but you are the same, and your years have no end.
28 The children of your servants shall dwell secure;
their offspring shall be established before you

Acts 14:1-7

14 Now at Iconium they entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed. 2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. 3 So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. 4 But the people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews and some with the apostles. 5 When an attempt was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to mistreat them and to stone them, 6 they learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding country, 7 and there they continued to preach the gospel.

When you are young, you seek for connection and identity. You look for another. There are those who would take your errors and say that is whom you are. This I know: I lost my marriage and for years raised my sons alone. I can recall that a woke feminist being shocked that I was talking with a female academic about work life balance. She turned to the wokester and said ““He’s a solo Dad. He gets it”. Admittedly, that would no longer be an acceptable conversation in any corporation: the woke would damn us as deplorables and deplatform us.

Because to be in that club you have to love your flaws and be imprisoned by them. But that will fail. Listen to brother Roosh, that repentant Don Juan.

All human-derived theories eventually fail. All material schemes, worldly solutions, and carnal pleasures are to be revealed as folly. If you’re lucky, they will fail you while you’re still alive, giving you ample time to search for the deeper truth of God.

We are not called to do this. We are not called to live as the world wants us to. By the work of the Holy Spirit, we can be made free of bad habits that we would otherwise allow to enslave us. We can ignore the attractions of this world. We can then not be distracted from our tasks: to love God, to love our spouse and children, and to love those of God. Sacrificially.

And those who hate that there are priorities and structures, and wants to argue with the natural order, cannot regulate us.

So do not be as they are. There will be division and opposition. This means we are effective, though it hurts, and the need to pray for each other increases because of the frank lies said by those who want to label us by their theories, so we can be discarded.

Instead, let us pray they repent, and let us not be one of them.