We are told that we are called to righteousness, but we cannot attain it. There are very good reasons to state that this passage applies to Christ, who made a new covenant and is a light to the nations. The Orthodox remind us that many of the people whom we called saints were very imperfect but repented.
We can get very confused and complicated: there are those who will preach to cover their own agendas, generally sinful, but as our Orthodox Brothers celebrate Pascha and say Christ is risen, We should rejoice and say he is risen indeed.
For we know the gospel was given for our salvation.
5 Thus says God, the Lord,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people on it
and spirit to those who walk in it:
6 “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness;
I will take you by the hand and keep you;
I will give you as a covenant for the people,
a light for the nations,
7 to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.
8 I am the Lord; that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to carved idols.
9 Behold, the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth
I tell you of them.”
34 So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), 37 you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, 40 but God raised him on the third day and caused him to appear, 41 not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. 43 To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
Christ did not die so we would be left in sin, in despair, sealed for hell. He came to break that power. The gospel is that the one righteous man in creation was killed for my sins, and in his death the penalty for all was paid. But then he rise, and the foundations of the Satanic kingdom were broken. The Apostle says that Satan now rages around the world as a lion, for he knows his time is short: shorter than when that was written, for it will end.
So do not despair, despite circumstances. This world wants us to give up. Do not.
A lot of propaganda (which I feared this blog might be conflated with) seeks to make us believe we are already defeated. Blatant hypocrisies are waved under our noses. The faceless oligarchs do not try to hide the fact that the Western Emperor is a senile puppet.
What do they fear might happen if we remain moralized?
I don’t know, but that’s good enough reason for anyone to keep his chin up.
So what if many others have succumbed to the soy? Better one good man in your foxhole than a dozen dipshits.
The elite of this cycle are effete, fearful, and in the dying of their hope their rage is tyrannical. Thye have forgotten what love is in their virtue signalling and fervent denounciations, and have embraced fear.
Do not fear them. Instead look to Christ, who first loved us. If we obey the command to Love God with all our heart and mind and strength, our fears will vanish, for Christ’s sacrifice is greater than our fears
For Christ did not die so that whe would be like the world, but instead that we would reject it, and love instead his people, his kingdom, and God himself.
For in that is life eternal. In this world there is only envy, hatred, despair and death. They call that tolerance and good. I call it slavery, and evil.