Today is the last day of work before Easter, and as is usual at these times the pressure of work increases. I feel I need to pray as Cromwell did: If I forget you today, God, may you not forget me. But this is taking an increasing amount of effort. The friction within our society affects us all. For many, the concept of logic and reason is akin to sheet music: a sign of oppression.
Bruce Charlton has noted this as well, and suggests this is a consequence of instututionalised evil.
The same inability of the expert class and the masses, then further ensures that any System will be incoherent and ineffective, continually self-corrupting, collapsing faster than it can be built.
On top of which there are now increasingly powerful and influential ‘Sorathic’ Beings (whether human or demonic) whose purpose is almost-wholly negative and destructive; and who delight in corruption, collapse, fear and suffering – and who add a positive purpose to the down-trend established by negative incapacity.
But even as the corruption and collapse happen as a matter of daily experience; the capacity to recognize it has declined even faster. As individuals are submerged beneath the tsunami of accumulating chaos, they will remain utterly puzzled and clueless about what is happening to them, and why. The just cannot think it through…
The short version of this is if you are woke you will tolerate, and if you tolerate you will let evil within you remain, if you let evil within you remain you will lose your discernment and become stupid, and if you are stupid you are likely to become broke. This is not a matter of raw intelligence. It is a matter of judgement.
This preamble is mainly for me, because the analogy between Christ dying at Passover is obvious. He was the true Pascal lamb. Passover was a precursor for the table of Christ. It is true that the last meal was a passover meal, but the meal was then transformed into something deeper. For in sharing the bread and wine, we proclaim the death of Christ until he comes.
5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, 6 and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight.
7 “Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 8 They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted, its head with its legs and its inner parts. 10 And you shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn.
11 In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover. 12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. 13 The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.
14 “This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
The passover meal is now transformed by Christ into the communion. There are significant theological arguments on what the cup and bread are: transfiguration, metaphor, consubstantation, symbol. This I know. Christ died once, for all.
The festival is not required to be annual, but whenever we meet. This is something the Romans and Orthodox have correct and most Prots do not: we need communion frequently, for the act of communion proclaims the death of Christ until he comes.
And the spirit of the world hates that reminder.
What we need to remind ourselves is that we follow Christ. Always imperfectly. The way in which we do things varies. But our unity is in Christ.
It’s a simple reality that nothing discussed in this medium is worth even contemplating any sort of compromise of our respective core principles to achieve or clarify. There simply is no justification for that. So it is the sensible and best approach to stop, go no further, and acknowledge that beyond a certain point, it’s separate ways. In fact, this is the basic reason why we have so many ‘doxy’s and denominations. There’s a practical reason why Christ prayed for unity
Novaseeker goes on to talk about the Orthodox emphasis on increasing holiness. I think this is fundamental at this time. If the world is evil: to use Charlton’s term sothratic, rejoicing in chaos and aiming to destroy everything, then seeing theosis or holiness in life is a way forward.
This is a living proclamation. Not that we are righteous: only God is, which is why the practical men from the Sanhedrin made darn sure he was crucified. But when we meet, we do encourage each other by worship, word and the table to continue to do good, to live by the will of God, and to shun the world, the flesh and the Devil.
This the spirit of this world fears. We are supposed to be afraid of the judgement of the world, trapped in our vices, and meditating into a state of non being. None of these things are true, beautiful or Good. None are of God.
They are of this world, and we are not to be like them.