The reason that this world wants us distracted is that it stops us from thinking Via Roosh, this correction from our Orthodox Friends.
St. Seraphim of Vyritsa, speaking on the days near the end, teaches, “The time will come when there will be no persecution, but money and the attractions of this world will draw people away from God and many more souls will perish than during the period of open militant atheism. On the one hand, they will raise up crosses and gild cupolas, but on the other hand, the kingdom of lies and evil will come. The True Church will always be persecuted. Salvation will only be possible through sorrows and illness, persecutions will take on a very refined and unpredictable character. It will be terrible to live to those times.”
The “refined and unpredictable character” quite possibly indicates the fact that humanity’s addiction to pleasure and comfort will be used as a strong mechanism for control. Few will be ready to sacrifice the comforts of the times. Why? Because for them these material things are truly all they have.
Moreover, for Christians it may well be that few will be willing to sacrifice physical comfort so as to hold to Truth. God understands after all. He doesn’t want us to be fanatics. Christians will be unwilling to sacrifice for Truth because they have been cultivated in a field of thorns. It will just seem like “normal” Christian living.
The message of “repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand” has been supplanted by the message of “let us build an earthly kingdom of well-being for all humanity.” The health and salvation of the soul have been subordinated to the physical preservation and well-being of the flesh and its desires.
Repentance, grates this Calvinist, is essential to the faith, for without the sense that one has deeply gone wrong you will never, ever, be motivated to change.
The ancients knew better. When times get worse, they returned to the LORD, instead of doubling down on their pride in their vices.
15 I will return again to my place,
until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face,
and in their distress earnestly seek me.
6 “Come, let us return to the Lord;
for he has torn us, that he may heal us;
he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.
2 After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will raise us up,
that we may live before him.
3 Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord;
his going out is sure as the dawn;
he will come to us as the showers,
as the spring rains that water the earth.”
4 What shall I do with you, O Ephraim?
What shall I do with you, O Judah?
Your love is like a morning cloud,
like the dew that goes early away.
5 Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets;
I have slain them by the words of my mouth,
and my judgment goes forth as the light.
6 For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
2 John 1-6
1 The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth, 2 because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever:
3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love.
4 I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. 5 And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. 6 And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.
At this time, we need to be united. There is but one truth, and that is Christ, for Christ is God and God is all truth. We reflect him poorly.
We in the west therefore need to repent of our pride in our intellect. Firstly, the current generation is not as smart as those who went before, in part because we have lost the transcendental. Secondly, because being proud of your intelligence is akin to being proud of your beauty, or height, or strength. It will disappear if you don’ t use it. Thirdly, and I say this as a Calvinist, theologically descended from those who value education and intellect, the pursuit of logic above all lacks humility, for none of us have the wisdom of God.
Those of us who are older have to repent for the lack of training we gave our children. In the time of my children’s teenage period, the local churches group was so feminized that even my geek sons rebelled. They would attend service but not that. But without the discipline and learning of spiritual warfare from a young age we are ill equipped to raise children, or be stable within a storm.
There used to be a culture of Orthodox education. People understood well what is a sin, what is a passion. When a child gets used to confession from childhood, he learns to keep track of good and evil thoughts and has an understanding that he has to cut off the evil thoughts.
But now I see many young people who are burdened with passions while still quite young. They don’t have the slightest idea of the spiritual life, of spiritual battle, and they are blown about by evil passions like clouds by the wind.
Inexperienced and unaware of what is happening to them, true spiritual babies, having no concept either of confession or Communion, they lose their purity and health even in adolescence, allowing themselves to do all kinds of grievous things, stopping only sometime around twenty-five—twenty-seven, and then only because they already have no more strength or health to continue living according to the passions. Look: quite a young man, and completely exhausted by the passions.
This world expects that everything will be unicorn rainbows and parties. That whatever they do, they will be praised. If you caw the truth, you are a hater, a hyphen-phobe. But the truth is that much of this world is not aimed for our good but instead they mine our vices for profit.
And we are despairing often well before twentyfive.
We need to repent. Christ will have us with him, and he died to forgive us, but then we are to live for him.
And in breaking our debasement, the world will hate us.