The Left think they have won the war because they won some battles. What is happening instead is that the resistance to the Rainbow, which expresses itself as the US department of State, or the EU, or the civil service in the UK, Australia and NZ, is starting to be considered evil, and people are organizing.
The resistance is here. Rod Dreher is often too pessimistic, but he does report honestly.
Our hosts were an older couple (that is to say, they were about a decade older than I, and I was about two decades older than everybody else in the room) who had escaped communist Hungary for Canada during the Cold War. They have an apartment here now, and split their time between Canada and Hungary. They read Live Not By Lies, and told me that it exactly captured their experiences.
“We thought when we arrived in Canada that we would never have to lie again,” said the wife, in a tone that conveyed, and here we are today, having to live by lies.
The husband told me that he expects that the United States will become the first liberal democracy to turn into a police state. His wife took slight issue with that, saying that there is a deeper spirit of resistance in the US than in Canada, “where it is wafer-thin.”
I had several conversations with the younger attendees, a few of whom were from other European countries. They all see very clearly where things are headed. One French man with whom I spoke said that a quiet exodus out of the cities has begun by French Catholics, all of whom are seeking some form of the Benedict Option.
This is not a political group. It’s religious and cultural. It’s about standing firm in the faith, even in a time of persecution and hardship. The leader of the group gave an inspiring talk in which he said that we must not confuse patriotism with nationalism. He defined patriotism as a love of what is one’s own, but said that nationalism implies defining oneself primarily against others — that is, not so much out of love for what one has as rather out of resentment for those not like oneself. Nationalism, he said, brought so much destruction to Europe in the last century. Patriotism is what we should stand for. And, he said, there will be so many people of other religions and creeds vying for the souls of Europeans in the years to come. We Christians have to be present to make a strong case, by our words and through our deeds, for the truth of following Christ. The leader urged us to establish real fellowship with each other, throughout the networks now being built, and to deeper our understanding and practice of the faith.
We need to support each other at multiple levels.
Locally. We need to encourge people to belong to churches where the gospel is preached. Denominational brands here are no longer useful. We also need to stop fighting over trivia. Our main effort should be to keep the heretics and their useful idiots — the social justice warriors — out, and the government regulators well away.
Nationally we need to accept that we are in nations or tribes, and this is perfectly normal and OK. We need to help those who are poor and troubled within our nations. We need to encourage families to have children. We need to again discuss how nations are good, and everyone has to be somewhere. We can support the sojourner within our society, but he socjourner has to fit within our laws and customs: there is but one law, not a postmodern set of options.
Transnationally we can align with those of nther nations who have similar ideas. Here the Orthodox have a good model — each nation has its own church and there is a discussion on theology and morals across nations, but there is no attempt to unite into a multinational conglomeration. That is too big, too hard, and left for God.
And the bloggers in this corner of the world? Many are not of my nation. God bless them. We should pray for each other and support each other.
For until Christ returns, to him we need to bear witness.