There are pieties in this age, and the hagiography of our leaders is one of them. They are seen as noble, progressive, and to question them is to kill a the sacred. Even if the leaders are demented, and their policies clearly incoherent, or actively evil. We know that the political class wants all to fall in line and worship in their civil religion. There are prayers for meails and for meetings to the old pagan Maori Gods. All that is of Chris is damned as colonial: the fools forget that the Maori came to Christ before the Confederation of Cheifs of Aotearoa ever asked for a treaty with the British.
Perhaps that is why our woke elite despise the quite Christian and quite Maori Tamaki family and their church, which does much good for the working class Maori in our big cities. The pentecostal and calvinists and sedevacatist catholic churches are deeply unfashionable, but that is a place where the state does not micro regulate, which it does every else
There is really very little, and diminishing, middle ground between my-self and the World Government. There used to be many more-or-less independent and autonomous institutions - such as churches, professions, trades unions, city and regional government, and many and various media... all kinds of 'sources of evaluation' from groups who were substantially separate from each other, and from the increasingly-unified and mandatory narrative of today.
But all of these middle institutions ('civil society') - which used to stand between the individual and the 'official world' - have either been destroyed or assimilated by the single, global, bureaucratic-media complex.
The one-permitted system of evaluation today is leftist, atheist-materialist in its assumptions - and more-and-more obviously evil overall and by intent. Hence the compulsory 'truth' is based-on lies; and dishonest and manipulative in all its significant operations.
So - here we are. Each of us confronted by the stark choice of believing in our own, personal, individual and perhaps unique evaluations; or else yielding (by choice) to a world of lies and evil.
It used to be assumed that anyone who was in a minority of one concerning what he believed was 'by definition' insane. Now - when the whole world has gone mad and will die to retain its delusions - the only sane people are in a minority of one.
What we will need is a cleansing. Beginning with the temples, but not stopping there. The logical positivists have become the postmodern irrationalists, and their cries of oppression should no longer reinforce their privelege. It is time instead to smash their idols and turn the sacred cows into steak.
And instead of equity look for right living, which exalts a nation. Otherwise, our fate will be one with Israel. Scattered, for they rejected God. The cleansing must begin with the church.
16 The priests went into the inner part of the house of the Lord to cleanse it, and they brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the temple of the Lord into the court of the house of the Lord. And the Levites took it and carried it out to the brook Kidron. 17 They began to consecrate on the first day of the first month, and on the eighth day of the month they came to the vestibule of the Lord. Then for eight days they consecrated the house of the Lord, and on the sixteenth day of the first month they finished. 18 Then they went in to Hezekiah the king and said, “We have cleansed all the house of the Lord, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the table for the showbread and all its utensils. 19 All the utensils that King Ahaz discarded in his reign when he was faithless, we have made ready and consecrated, and behold, they are before the altar of the Lord.”
This reflects what Christ has done for us. He has cleared the mess in our lives. He has made us pure, so we can worship him. What we have to do is make that manifest.
23 Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgement, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
Christ is not of this earth, but of this earth. What we do matters, and all our worship is imperfect. Our very churches are pale reflections of what will come, and so is our worship. But the world would deny this. The troouble is that they have lost the very tools required to live as humans. Time to quote John C Wright.
We live in a posthuman age. By that, I do not mean that men can extend life and expand consciousness by bionanotechnology, neural shunts or downloading self-identities into the psycho-cyberverse. I mean, nearly a third of us has sold the heritage of mankind, what it means to be human, for a mess of pottage called political correctness.
The posthumans are bipeds who renounce the gift of reason, and think themselves superhuman, beyond good and evil. Neither the law of cause and effect nor the law of supply and demand has any bearing on their talking points and chanted slogans. I call them Morlocks and Eloi in homage to the first science fiction writer to speculate about regressive human evolution.
At root, mortal men may chose between only three philosophies of life: Reason, Passion, and Appetite.
These three philosophies apply to three ways of life: Living by the truth and the spirit, which is Christianity, living by duty and discipline, which is Stoicism, and living by the appetites of belly and groin, which is Hedonism.
By passion here, I do not mean strong emotion. I mean that habit of devotion to some beloved family, clan, city, or nation which demands and promotes a craving for honor, sacrifice, and noble deeds. By passion I mean spiritedness. It differs from reason because it does not rest on calculation or abstraction.
It differs from appetite by being noble and selfless rather than base and selfish. Hence, a man who lives by passion is rarely an emotional man, but, rather, is disciplined, and conforms his appetites to the bounds of nature, and habituates his drive and force to the needs of duty.
One would never mistake a man of duty for a man of reason. Men of duty are stubborn as old oak stumps. For him, the matter is not open to discussion. Orders are orders. Men of reason are patient as saints, and will discuss any matter until exhaustion.
Living by the spirit of truth before the revelation of Christ is likewise and exercise in stoicism, as when the Jews had no promise of life after death, by lived by the iron discipline of the Mosaic Law, or as when Socrates was able to deduce all the elements of monotheism, and drank hemlock rather than violate the iron demands of what that deduction implied.
Paganism combines morality and ritual, philosophy and poetry, only in Buddhism, which, in effect, is a quietist type of Stoicism. The eightfold path is a life of discipline: rightness in belief, motive, speech, action, livelihood, effort, mindfulness, and spirit, but worldly honor and shame are no part of it.
Having rejected Christianity, and being unsuited to discipline and ignorant even of the concept of duty, no form of Stoicism is available to the posthumans. One or two of them toy with Buddhism, but that is more to tweak the noses of Christians, than any real devotion to the concept of serenity through renunciation.
What happens is that the people will see this as barren. Most of them will revolt: the current elite do nothing but elicit disgust. They will learn discipline, and they will learn passion. But by the spirit of the LORD, this process of cleansing, to use an old word, repentence, will allow us to see more truly.
And then we will never be like them.