On Sunday we sat in a small country Presbyterian Church and got preached the gsspel by a preacher who has ministeerd two congegations where there has been revival. His theme was the surpassing love of God. That all else is not worth what God offers. He has seen this drive revival. This refershed our spirits ina time of stress. We all gained hope.
This world does not want us to hope. It wants us to assume that the guardlians of the castle of modernism anre vigilant, and the only hope allowed is that doled out in a post modern, woke fashion. But this is not hwo to think. Prepare to defend yes, but also prepare for their mistakes. I played soccer in my youth as a defender, and the only goal I ever scored was when one of their strikers made a mistake when all 11 players were defending within the pentalty box. Vox Day played longer and was a striker: he learned to look for what happened if the defender did make a mistake. So should we.
Forget despair. I’m not talking about that. Everyone understands that despair is worse than useless. What I’m talking about is a refusal to hope, which is entirely different. And the problem with a refusal to hope is this: you will not be in a position to act or take advantage of the situation in the event that things happen to break your way.
I’ve played soccer for a long time. Although it’s been literal decades since I was a goal-a-game striker, I still score more often than I’m usually expected to, both in practice and in games, mostly due to my decades of experience in front of goal. And what primarily distinguishes the sort of scorer known as a fox-in-the-box is a form of anticipation.
… what the striker is actually doing is assuming that the other player is going to make a mistake and he is acting as if the other player isn’t even there. If the defender misses or mishits the ball, the striker will run right onto it.
Go read the whole thing, noting that doing something is generally better than doing nothing. Acedia is despairs cousin.
And also consider that after eight years of famine the state sponsored prophets of Baal –and given the perversity of the ancient cults, the current rancid rainbow people would be just like them — still ate in the royal palace, because they told the Queen what she wanted to hear.
The true prophet spoke truth to the King, who then came to meet Eligjah with those prophets. But one wihth God is a majority.
17 When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is it you, you troubler of Israel?” 18 And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you have, and your father’s house, because you have abandoned the commandments of the Lord and followed the Baals. 19 Now therefore send and gather all Israel to me at Mount Carmel, and the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”
20 So Ahab sent to all the people of Israel and gathered the prophets together at Mount Carmel. 21 And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word. 22 Then Elijah said to the people, “I, even I only, am left a prophet of the Lord, but Baal’s prophets are 450 men. 23 Let two bulls be given to us, and let them choose one bull for themselves and cut it in pieces and lay it on the wood, but put no fire to it. And I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood and put no fire to it. 24 And you call upon the name of your god, and I will call upon the name of the Lord, and the God who answers by fire, he is God.” And all the people answered, “It is well spoken.” 25 Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose for yourselves one bull and prepare it first, for you are many, and call upon the name of your god, but put no fire to it.” 26 And they took the bull that was given them, and they prepared it and called upon the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, “O Baal, answer us!” But there was no voice, and no one answered. And they limped around the altar that they had made. 27 And at noon Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry aloud, for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.” 28 And they cried aloud and cut themselves after their custom with swords and lances, until the blood gushed out upon them. 29 And as midday passed, they raved on until the time of the offering of the oblation, but there was no voice. No one answered; no one paid attention.
30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me.” And all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that had been thrown down. 31 Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord came, saying, “Israel shall be your name,” 32 and with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord. And he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two seahs of seed. 33 And he put the wood in order and cut the bull in pieces and laid it on the wood. And he said, “Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.” 34 And he said, “Do it a second time.” And they did it a second time. And he said, “Do it a third time.” And they did it a third time. 35 And the water ran around the altar and filled the trench also with water.
36 And at the time of the offering of the oblation, Elijah the prophet came near and said, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. 37 Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” 38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The Lord, he is God; the Lord, he is God.” 40 And Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape.” And they seized them. And Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon and slaughtered them there.
7 And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. 9 And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, 10 and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. 13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
There is anohter reason not to despair. Our lives are of such singificance that every one will be examined before the throne of God and our good will benoted, as our evil. We all have far too much of the latter. And if we are of God, our sins fortiven, we will be allowed to remain with him. But not by our work.
Again, this world want us not interested in our final fate. They don’t want us even thinking there is a goal of eternal worth. They want it, as Adam points out, Lazy and incurious.
I have taken the same prodigy of effort in my search for a real Catholic church in which to gain spiritual nourishment. I had originally assumed that I had found one; that is, until the cowardly priest immediately closed the doors in the face of pressure from bureaucrats with flimsy excuses relating to the diseased state of things. Such a diseased state is indeed real. But it is a spiritual state rather than a physical one. Show me rotting bodies in the street and I will believe that it is a plague.
For me to worship in church is now a three hour round trip, rather than a leisurely ten minute bicycle ride to my former church. But I do not begrudge the journey. In fact, I value it, for every kilometer at the wheel is in service to worship God. It took a great deal of effort to find such a church and it takes continued effort to attend. In this case, one cannot be either lazy or incurious in order to have such an outcome. Nor can one be satisfied with the status quo or implicitly trust authority.
The majority of the 10% will complain but remain in stasis. At all times, you have the power to affect your outcome. This power waxes and wanes depending on your circumstances. But it is always there. In the end, the only excuse you have for not obtaining a goal is yourself.
You can’t keep a good keen man from finding faith. We should all be that passionate for the things of Christ.
We are told we aree alone. We are not. There is a brotherhood of believers, Together, we will glorify God, and when revival comes, and the lies are laid barre, it will not be that healthy to be a priest of the modern Baal.
I tell you not to be like them for a reason.