I'm considering again and again how to act in this time. It is clearly evil: I've just had to edit a commentator who assumed that doxxing is OK here. It is not. I have a family to provide for, and there is blowback if you transgress the feelings of the debased in my country. There is soft censorship, and the convention of traditional blogs being run in this way exists for those of us who do not live where free speech remains.
And yes, it can happen here.
Let us stipulate that a certain amount of hyperbole is to be expected in the messages that political organizations deliver to their followers. How is what TPUSA does any different than what the DNC itself sends to its supporters? If you’re signed up for such text-message alerts from any political outfit, you have volunteered to receive this stuff, and why is it that the effort to suppress “misinformation” is only directed toward opponents of the Biden administration, not its supporters?
It’s the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 all over again.
No, wait — that’s hyperbole, and perhaps even “misinformation,” but my point is that the Biden administration’s behavior is comparable to what the Adams administration was attempting to do, to suppress the publication of material deemed “dangerous” to the public interest:
So let us accept that the times are evil and the church is being regulated. How then shall we act?
Like the Mennonites, as clans, and without charity? I quoted that from the SDL's blog, and he's correct: it is a way to survive that will work when (not if, given the current state of the Western elite) we move to a low trust environment.
So today, only one scripture. It was not written to a church that had the support of the state.
And the first rule is to be gentle, patient and forebearing with our brothers in Christ.
12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so must you do also. 14 In addition to all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ, to which you were indeed called in one body, rule in your hearts; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
If you look at the context, this is not very much about how we deal with the world. It is how we deal with each other.
We don't need permission to be decent to each other. We don't need permission to do good.
At this time, this is going to require a fair amount of discernment and courage. For there are scandals within the church that we need to deal with, and they are slowly being dealt with. The US Catholics have just had to discipline their chief bishop for picking up male sexual partners using Grindr: breaking the clear command of God and his vows of chastity. From Peter Grant, who is more righteous than I:
I'm truly sad for the many faithful Catholics who've been hoping against hope that their bishops and the rest of the Church hierarchy had made serious efforts at reform. I'm here to tell you, they haven't. It's all been pious window-dressing. Since my own experience with such corruption in the Church, it's done - and will doubtless continue to do - nothing whatsoever to address the root of the problem: namely, that the wrong men were allowed to enter the priesthood, and then promoted to positions of authority and power, where they could corrupt everything and everyone around them. Far too many such men are still in positions where they can (and do) effectively ignore measures designed to rein in their evil ways.
I fear greatly for the souls of such men. I do not believe God will allow himself to be mocked like this, and I do not believe those who've done so will escape the consequences of their actions. That they could act like this while using the Church, the Body of Christ, as a cloak and a shield for their evil . . . that's likely to attract a Judgment that I really don't want to see or hear.
May Almighty God have mercy on us all. We're going to need it.
One of the things that we do to each other is correct each other. We all have our blind spots.
Many of us are disqualified from leadership within the church: the requirement that your wife are of the faith and you manage the family well is a high standard, that I don't think I reach. Some of us were burned by the divorce industry, and that makes us qualified to sit in the pew, but not lead.
So to my Catholic friends I say: defrock such men, and remove them from all authority and teaching status. They should follow Lord Profumo and spend the remainder of their lives in penitence.
To those of us of my generation, consider that your legacy includes looking after your children. It is not love to leave them without provision.
By all means, Boomers, activate your own life insurance policy and ensure that your only legacies are debt, abandonment and slavery. Brag to God In Heaven that if any of your children survive as free men in their own country, it will be no fault of yours. Let me watch.
And to the world? It is our enemy. We will not let them weaponize scripture by the exegesis of those aligned with evil. They can not demand we call evil good, nor that we will bow down to their gods of thanatos: Baal, Astheroh and Molech.
And so we come to the Little Emperors of the 2020s. The politicians, bureaucrats and medical experts whose authority used to be tightly bound by strict accountability, but which now has been unleashed beyond their wildest dreams by public terror.
A leader in the West never before could have locked down a whole country. Even during the Spanish Flu it rarely happened. Restrictions on travel like those at the present were never previously imagined. And there are the facemasks, of course.
If the medico-honcho says it should happen, the pollies make it happen. Resistance has been minimal and our overlords have noticed.
It’s important to emphasize the lack of accountability. Where lockdowns or other mandates proved less effective than they were cracked up to be, have any leaders been held responsible? What about the ever-shifting criteria for imposing and ending lockdowns? What research is being done into the side effects of lockdowns and who will be punished if these turn out to be worse than the disease?
With protests (for some causes) banned due to social distancing, our rulers need not even fear the most basic blowback normally expected in a free society: the disaffected yelling about it. In Victoria, for example, the Premier has instead felt the touch of kingship as he watches illegal protesters get muzzled and dragged away by police.
Freed from all restraint, ruling overlords are censoring enemies on major platforms and colluding to destroy minor platforms that dare defy them. They’ve done this sort of thing for a long time but now they have no self control. Watch them screech in delight as they ban dissidents from planes, close their bank accounts and banish them from the internet. Even minnows making tiny donations to Emmanuel Goldstein are exposed and harassed.
So, too, with addiction to power. As we see from history, once tasted, few can resist the impulse to preserve their power, to use it in ever new and extreme ways, and to constantly expand their despotism.
Remember: in previous cases, those drunk on power have been willing to kill millions upon millions in order to secure their position. They have murdered their closest friends and family members upon the slightest paranoia. As with heroin, the person suffering the addiction begins to disappear as the power motive completely takes over every thought and action. In the end, only the power-madness is left.
Such were the emporers and tribunes in Roman times: so are they now. We owe them our prayers, for their repentance. But their commands against God we shall ignore.
We will live by the laws of God. The world will call it hate. To survive well will use discretion. We will not assume we have unalienable rights.
But then we won't ask for their permission to act, either.