An important note: In these times of short attention spans, it is perhaps relevant to point out that this series is geared more to ensuring you understand when it is personally acceptable for you to strap on your armour, take up your shield and sword, and start chopping off the heads of Saracens, heretics, and other servants of evil, than in telling you to turn the other cheek.
The subject of war, fighting, and violence in general, whether in a spiritual, national, tribal, or individual context, is one that has been with us from the very start, and will remain with us until the very end.
To understand violence in a Christian context, and how one may choose to act in regard to it, one must first of all understand at least the basics of Christianity. You can get a primer HERE, but in essence it boils down to the general facts that:
- God is Love
- On Earth, we are currently not under His domain
In other words, we are at war. Unless you are already a Christian, or at least accept the premise of Christianity that The Prince of the Air, (The Enemy, The Eternal Psychopath, Satan, call him as you wish) and his minions are currently in charge here, it becomes difficult to reconcile a loving God with reality. As to WHY Satan is “allowed” to be in charge (the constant complaint from all atheists) that is a relatively simple concept to grasp if you actually spend two minutes thinking about point number 1 above. Love does not end rebellion by force as a first instance. It would not be love if it did.
Love is compassionate, forgiving and merciful. That said, constant strife, injustice and evil cannot exist in the presence of infinite Love, so it makes sense that such creatures that exhibit such vile traits would be placed aside from loving ones. It is why we had mental asylums for the criminally insane. And that, in short, is where we are.
We also know how the story ends. After having given all possible chances, after having given all a chance to choose a side, after having sacrificed Himself as payment for our sins, so that we may be forgiven simply by us stating “yes, I accept your truth and Love”, at a time and hour that God only knows, there shall be a reckoning. And Satan and his kind will be cut off from God permanently. Because Infinite Love, which God is, also encompasses Infinite Justice.
Which brings us to the point of this post. Christian Warriors.
There are many facets of this topic, and I will cover them in future posts, but you can divide them into a few categories:
- The Philosophy of Violence from a Christian Perspective
- The Churchian Position (or Lie)
- The Heathen Perspective
- The Heretic Perspective
- The Christian Dogmatic Position
This post is a primer on the topic, to begin to formalise a few of the baseline concepts in order that an intelligent conversation can be had, as such it can be considered to cover the first point:
The Philosophy of Violence from a Christian Perspective
Christianity tells us several things, as we already mentioned, God is Love, and we are currently under the domain of the Prince of Evil. It is our duty whilst here to resist evil and await patiently the return of the King. How we resist, and how we wait, is essentially the subject here. There are, in essence, two primary modes of doing so, and they are perhaps best shown metaphorically in the film The Mission, starring Robert DeNiro and Jeremy Irons as the two sides of this coin.
The Christian Martyr is undoubtedly the superior of the two. This is not merely my opinion, but a demonstrable fact both in Christian history as well as supported by scripture and theology. It was the Christian Martyrs that brought us the gospel and in fact spread Christianity. Indeed, the example of Jesus Himself is one of Martyrdom. There is no doubt the Christian Martyr is the pinnacle of the Christian Hierarchy of merit. And rightly so.
But I am not here to tell you much about that, other than this: Beware those who advocate to you that you need to be a Christian Martyr, and beware too those who say they themselves are one or choose this path. Human beings genuinely willing to be Christian Martyrs are exceedingly rare.
What is not rare is the Churchian, a snake in the garden that will try and get you to submit to lies and all sorts of vileness in the name of supposed Christian Martyrdom. The coward who removes himself from the fight under the pretense that he is merely a pacifist, when in truth he is a violent deceiver. Beware these vermin.
That said, finally, let me tell you of that similarly rare creature, the Christian Warrior.
The Christian Warrior is fully capable of doing violence, and does so unhesitatingly and with a courage and dignity that has marked historical battles with valour and honour that live on hundreds of years later, such as the defence of Malta in 1565, the battle of Lepanto and many of the battles of the first crusade, now almost one thousand years in the past.
The Christian Warrior is a rare creature for a number of reasons, yet, precisely because of them, he is very much required today.
These are some of those reasons, listed here with only little explanation for now, see if you can reconcile them within yourself:
- God is Love. As such, the details of actually DOING violence are always on us. Despite the image at the start of this article, which is nevertheless good rhetoric, Deus does not actually Vult. When you’re busy chopping into the flesh and bone of a fellow human, that’s on you. It is your will, not God’s.
- My suggestion here is: Be clear on that. Accept it as such. Let any glory be to God and any fault be with you. Accept it as such and do not dwell on it unduly. If you are prepared first, there should be no hampering guilt crippling you.
- Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord. Indeed. A sort of repeat of the point immediately above. Your actions should not be based in personal desire for gain through violence, but rather, based in an ethical concept of justice, which needs to be the same for yourself as for others. In any case, because we are fallen humans, we will never achieve perfect justice, and with violence, sometimes actions have permanent consequences. Again, accept that your decisions and actions are on you, personally.
- Violence is acceptable, in fact it is a duty in Catholic Catechism, when done in defence of others, the weak, or even yourself. This is a very important point to keep in mind. On a personal level, it is also why I favour Catholicism (albeit Sede Privationism only), because it is the version of Christianity that has not only formalised the Rules clearly (The Catechism of the Council of Trent and the 1917 Pio-Benedictine Code of Canon Law) but also, historically, been the defender of Western Civilisation, the only version of Christianity that has actually formally and officially fought back with steel and gunpowder against the invading hordes of Islam. The concept of purgatory, within this context, also makes perfect sense. God loves his warriors too after all.
- Personal slights and offences that affect merely our individual egos, should be ignored, and it is here that the Christian concept of turning the other cheek should be applied, NOT when some devil-spawn is threatening our livelihood, our families our friends, or indeed, a defenceless stranger. Remember that Jesus did not get upset when one of his apostles sliced off the ear of one of the Roman soldiers that had come to arrest him, he merely stopped him because he had a mission to fulfil, and getting arrested and crucified was part of it. Don’t forget either that Jesus saw it perfectly fit to take a whip to the merchants faces and backs and generally kicked the crap out of them very physically, nor was he any more timid in his verbal admonishments, often rebuking his disciples and being quite inventive in his insults towards the Pharisees and others.
Given all of the above, I hope that it is clearer now that a Christian man who decides to fight instead of be a martyr has a number of qualities that make for formidable warriors:
- He accepts the consequences of his actions and as such is not likely to be easy to come to violence, but once he has chosen that path, only death or victory remain as possible outcomes.
- He is not concerned with political concepts, but with spiritual ones, so while he may fight alongside some political cause, this would be out of pragmatism (be as innocent as doves and as wise as serpents) rather than political ideology.
- Family comes first and a Christian concept of family is the one in which a Christian Warrior can best shine, for it is his duty to protect his loved ones, and, in a marriage where the wife is indeed Christian in attitude (see Ephesians) he too can be a fully Christian husband. That is, where she obeys him as the Church does Christ, he is naturally inclined to be willing to be literally crucified for her and his children, as Christ did for those he loved.
In short, the difference between a Christian Warrior and a Christian Martyr is that whilst the warrior too is willing to ultimately be crucified if need be, he would rather see to it that the enemies are crucified first.
Such men are a rarity nowadays and yet they are much needed. The feminisation of the Churches, the pervading Churchianity first created by Protestantism and Catholic corruption, which has now galloped throughout the land with abandon, has dwindled, hidden and buried the ancient truths concerning Christian Warriors and the part they played in creating, securing and defending Christendom and the civilised West, the greatest civilisation humanity has ever produced.
It is time to rise from the slumber. It is time to awake. Remember your history. Read it if you do not know it, you can do worse than beginning here:
Remember, it is The Church Militant for a reason. If you are not fighting for the side of the light, what are you doing?
Do you know what it means to be Christian ultimately? It is merely this:
To love Truth more than a lie.
To love Love (and thus our loved ones too) more than life.
God is Truth and God is Love.
That is why Jesus said the highest of all laws is to love God with all your mind, soul and heart, for literally, all that is worth living and dying for, is embodied in, and comes from, God.
Do not listen to the lies of the Churchians, the Marxists, the feminists, the politically correct, the humanists, the secularists, the filthy lies of the social justice warriors in all their bloated excess of selfish insanity.
Truth is absolute, not relative. God is Love but we live in a realm under the domain of the Prince of Lies. It is our duty to fight back, to be beacons of light in the darkness.
And be sure of one thing: as soon as you recognise this, you will be set upon.
You WILL be attacked. We are warned of this too in the Bible of course, but do not despair, remember, despair is the biggest weapon of the Enemy.
Trust in God.
And, as King Richard the First said in his battle cry at the battle of Gisors in 1198:
And no, we do not refer to God and my Right as being “my divine right,” for there is only one king, and none of us is him. We mean it as God and my right hand; the one wielding the sword that shall cleave the skulls of the enemies of light.
(We can make an exception for all you left-handed sword-wielders, but only if you swing Hard Right).
From the Bible: “Insofar as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.” Well, sometimes our hand is forced. Let there be war.
There is no forgiveness of sins without repentance. Dues Vult
One job at a time cadet. First wipe the enemy from the face of the Earth. Repent on your own time. Hence purgatory. I.e. After you’re dead.
My Lord’s grace is sufficient for me. But until our enemies repent we have to fight them wherever they are found.
Sir, no, repent now, even as you grasp the sword. Lest you have not repented and accepted the blood, and be damned. Whatever you think of purgatory, do not neglect your soul in this life, not even for a moment.
Matthew 10:34 “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.”
In the end, when God has declared the time for a new Heaven and a new Earth, when He “shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain” then we’ll beat our swords into plowshares.
Until then: Deus Vult!
This is an excellent post. The arguments presented here are extremely remiscent of the dilemmas faced by Ducth Protestant resistance groups in WW2, especialy when executions needed to be carried out. But this post also reflects the conclusions drawn by the councils of wise men, convened to decide on these matters.
However, do not forget that Our Lord said the great commandment is equal to the commandment to love your neighbor as you love yourself. This does not mean that you are to be a doormat. Anyone of us with children known from experience that love also entails disappointment, when the objects of our love do not meet just expectations. Anger often is born of such disappointment. Such anger is justified. Remember Our Lord used a makeshift whip to clean out the temple square in a fit of disappointed anger at the abuse suffered by the merchant men at that holy place.
The same goes for our enemy neighbors. Loving your enemy means wishing, striving for his salvation. Fight, kill, the enemy of the Father. But when the enemy is down, and you see the first glimmer of understanding in his eyes, he becomes your neighbor. He becomes a soul you are able to save.
All this to say that fighting evil is right. But guard your soul against indiscriminate violence.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Not something we would support. If you do, you may as well go peddle it elsewhere.
Some valid statements,and some not, in the above article. Concerning Christianity, I would look to what the Word of God states or shows in the Biblical record, over anything in secular history. Clearly many claimed to being Christian doing the work of God, when in reality they were doing their own works of the flesh, and secular history shows this in abundance. If you look to the Biblical record, God needs to be in it, or it, needs to be coming from the inspiration of God to you. This calling needs to be sure. So if YOU are committing violence as a “warrior”of God you better be sure it is God speaking to you in assurance, and not your flesh,as many have mistaken. Where God guides-God provides…God Bless