I'm reformed. During the English revolution, there were two parties: that of Parliament and the puritans (the round-heads) and that of the King and a high church rite (the Cavaliers). I'm descended from roundheads, and I'm ideologically of that party. In that time, the issue was not Christianity versus the progressives: it was a king who had been deemed a tyrant. The Lord Protector fell into the same trap, and England again had a king after the restoration. The more noxious English revolution was the glorious revolution that put William of Orange on the throne to reign -- but Parliament would rule. The English commonwealth constitution was part of the model for the American constitution: the Westminster model evolved over time and is much later. In England, Parliament, run by those who are not of Christ in general, dictates to the Queen what she shall say, and appoints the bishops.
The results to the church are obvious.
The French Revolution, from which we get our political terms, was different. It was King and Church and Faith against reason and the guillotine. The Jacobins bought a river of blood, as have all that have followed them.
Even back then the left were employing their usual tricks. By willingly adopting the terms right and left, those who were loyal to religion and the king played into the left’s hands. Just over 200 years later we still use the same terminology but we have forgotten its origins. This is as it was intended.
Not only that, but the political term called the right has been further corrupted by a false association with fascism. If you understand that the right originated from supporters of religion and the king then you will immediately understand that any connection to fascism is ludicrous. Dictatorship in its various forms is a product of the left for the simple reason that it is not based on religion or the king. But we do not understand that distinction because we willingly utilise the terminology of the left which they alone have the power to define. It is their terminology after all. Thus we are snared in a Kafka trap of words and definitions which are constantly changed to suit our enemy. And we are complicit in this mess because we participate in it of our own accord.
If we are truly to escape from the awful snares of the revolutionary left then the first thing that we must do is to begin to fight them on our own terms. This is a battle not of left versus right, nor of capitalism versus socialism, nor of various ideologies against themselves. Rather it is a battle of Christianity versus the fallen. Our side is Christ and our side is Christianity in its original form. It is left versus Christianity.
We need to heed instead as a church, the words of the prophet. I said as a church. I am not sure that the nation will survive in its current form the current woke rulers. At best, we will have a time of stagnation and economic hardship, as happened when I was a young man and Fabian socialism was the accepted best practice for managing economies.
12 “For thus says the Lord:
Your hurt is incurable,
and your wound is grievous.
13 There is none to uphold your cause,
no medicine for your wound,
no healing for you.
14 All your lovers have forgotten you;
they care nothing for you;
for I have dealt you the blow of an enemy,
the punishment of a merciless foe,
because your guilt is great,
because your sins are flagrant.
15 Why do you cry out over your hurt?
Your pain is incurable.
Because your guilt is great,
because your sins are flagrant,
I have done these things to you.
16 Therefore all who devour you shall be devoured,
and all your foes, every one of them, shall go into captivity;
those who plunder you shall be plundered,
and all who prey on you I will make a prey.
17 For I will restore health to you,
and your wounds I will heal,
declares the Lord,
because they have called you an outcast:
‘It is Zion, for whom no one cares!’
18 “Thus says the Lord:
Behold, I will restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob
and have compassion on his dwellings;
the city shall be rebuilt on its mound,
and the palace shall stand where it used to be.
19 Out of them shall come songs of thanksgiving,
and the voices of those who celebrate.
I will multiply them, and they shall not be few;
I will make them honoured, and they shall not be small.
20 Their children shall be as they were of old,
and their congregation shall be established before me,
and I will punish all who oppress them.
21 Their prince shall be one of themselves;
their ruler shall come out from their midst;
I will make him draw near, and he shall approach me,
for who would dare of himself to approach me?
declares the Lord.
22 And you shall be my people,
and I will be your God.”
Why the church and not the nations? Our elite does not acknowledge God. This is not new. Many will hear the words of God and ignore them. All we can do is pray and remind and post. Because God will call his own to him.
But some do refuse that call.
36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”
When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them. 37 Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him, 38 so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
“Lord, who has believed what he heard from us,
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
39 Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said,
40 “He has blinded their eyes
and hardened their heart,
lest they see with their eyes,
and understand with their heart, and turn,
and I would heal them.”
41 Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him. 42 Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.
Be very aware that the authorities are woke and our enemy. Do not be them, and do not be like them.
Cleave, instead, to Christ and you will become sons of light. The spirit of the sons of darkness will hate you. Plan accordingly.