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There is nothing like the rock of honesty and fairness. And when you begin to build your life on that rock, with the cement of the faith in God that you have, then, you have a real start.— Attributed as Sen. Barry Goldwater’s advice to his young son, by Ronald Wilson Reagan, October 27 1964
Given all of the bad news coming at us of late, it is tempting and easy to give in to despair and think that nothing that we do matters. Our defeat is inevitable, our opponents claim. We are fools and lunatics of the worst kind to deny reality the way that we do. I am here to tell you, as always, not to give in to despair, and to teach you how and why to avoid it. Remember this, above all else: no matter what our enemies want us to believe, no matter the lies that they insist on telling us, we shall remain.
The Truths of Our Time
We insist on embracing a series of truths that make them recoil in horror:
- The COVID-19 virus – or, as I like to call it at various times, the Commiepox, the Kung Flu, the Chinkvirus, General Tso’s Chicken Pox, and the WuFlu, depending on whom I wish to offend and by how much – is nowhere near as dangerous as the hysterical Chicken Littles think it is and we have massively overreacted to its threat;
- Homosexual “marriage” is a nonsense construct and transgenderism is a mental illness;
- His Most Illustrious, Noble, August, Benevolent, and Legendary Celestial Majesty, the God-Emperor of Mankind, Donaldus Triumphus Magnus Astra, the First of His Name, the Lion of Midnight, the Chaddest of Chads, may the Lord bless him and preserve him, won the election on Nov 3;
These are but a few of the truths that we believe in. But the biggest and scariest and most difficult truth for us to believe in is this:
God the Father of Creation sent His beloved Son among us, to live and dwell among us in the flesh. His name was Jesus, the Christ, the Blessed One. He lived in Israel 2,000 years ago, He died a horrific death on the Cross, and He reappeared, resurrected, a few days later.
Why They Hate Us
Stating these things in “polite” company is pretty much guaranteed to make people look at you as if you have an extra head. If you try to stand up for them in public, you are likely to be shouted down and insulted in very short order. In much of the Western world, you could lose your job and your livelihood. You might be blacklisted from seeking employment in a similar field.
If you work for Big GloboHomoCorp, you must watch your mouth not only at work, but at home as well. Any and all of your social media posts and your private conversations are now fair game. As I pointed out in yesterday’s post, if you step out of line for even a moment, you are dead meat.
Why do the powers-that-be hate us so? It’s very simple. They hate us because liars hate truths. And when you have to live by piling lie on top of lie in order to avoid the pain of confronting the truth, then you develop an extreme aversion to that which hurts you.
Seeking the Word
Fighting against the entire world is a wearisome and painful business. Even the strongest and toughest soul will be worn down over time from doing it. When you find yourself battling a world made up of lies, you are definitely going to need help and support from time to time.
That is why people like me exist. My mission in life now is to provide hope and guidance to young (and not-so-young) men who have been beaten down by the lies and madness of the world. I can do that because I too have been in that exact position – and still am.
But I’m just one man, and not a virtuous one at all. You need more than just the tired rantings of a creaky old dude in his mid-thirties like me. More than words, you need solid food. And that will only come from fellowship in a church.
Now, I do not follow any particular denomination as a Christian myself. I try to keep away from the food fights – and at this point, 500 years after the Reformation, that is really what they actually are – between the various sects of the True Faith. As far as I’m concerned, ALL of the various sects have deviated significantly from what the Bible actually says and teaches.
But, given the sheer amount of nonsense coming out of the Vatican these days, under the false stewardship of the Fake Pope Bergoglio, we are sometimes well advised to turn to the leaders of our Eastern brethren over in Russia, Ukraine, and Greece.
Hear the Patriarch
The Grand Patriarch Kirill is the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church – which, rightly or wrongly, considers itself to be the true Defender of the Faith. The Patriarch himself is FAR from an exemplar of Christian detachment from material goods and worldly temptations. If you read about the man’s immense material wealth, it is actually quite astounding. And the Orthodox Church in Russia is not universally loved – I know this from firsthand experience talking with Russians.
Nonetheless, that church provides some powerful and important spiritual grounding and protection for the Russian people. And in this video below, the Patriarch himself makes a very powerful point:
These are the verses in Scripture that Patriarch Kirill was quoting from:
32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.[j] 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.— Romans 8:32-39, English Standard Version
In Whose Image?
The words of the Patriarch are mighty and unshakeable because they are rooted in truth. And as I have said before, a single grain of truth can knock down a mountain of lies. That is why his words are so powerful, and that is why they stand as an antidote to all of the lies of this world.
Understand where the Patriarch is coming from. I’ve spent a lot of time in Russia and I have seen the kinds of scars that seventy years of the Satanic lies of Communism left upon the souls of its people. For decades, the Satanists were winning there. They had succeeded in enslaving nearly a BILLION people behind the Iron Curtain. Those people were given no right to worship or take refuge in their faith. They were told that their faith had lost and that they were entirely-owned property of the State.
The Satanists were wrong – completely, totally, hopelessly wrong. And the reason why they were wrong is very simple:
19 The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. 20 So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor. 21 So they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly, and show no partiality,[d] but truly teach the way of God. 22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?” 23 But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, 24 “Show me a denarius.[e] Whose likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar’s.” 25 He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 26 And they were not able in the presence of the people to catch him in what he said, but marveling at his answer they became silent.— Luke 20:19-26, English Standard Version
You are required to pay tribute to the rulers and princes of this world using worldly things, created by and for men. Those things were created in the likeness of men.
But… stop and think for a moment. In whose image, in what likeness, are YOU created? Whose stamp is upon your soul? Whose inscription is upon your heart?
His imprint upon you remains – and so you shall remain.
Compared to His power, influence, and authority… what are the lies of the world? Nothing. Less than nothing.
Conclusion – Stand in Defiance
The fact that those lies will fall eventually is of small comfort to one who has to endure them in the here and now, of course. It’s all very well for God to experience a day as a century and a century as a day. We don’t have that luxury. Our understanding of time is relative to our own situations.
So how do we stop feeling so miserable and so alone?
We do it by reconnecting with the God who gave us everything in the first place.
Here is exactly how you do that.
Set aside five minutes every day to pray. I don’t care whether you are a Christian or not. If you are an agnostic or an atheist, just be open-minded enough to give this a shot. And simply say “thank you” to whatever Power you believe in.
Be grateful for a few minutes every day. Then, learn how to forgive – really forgive – those who have done wrong to you without malicious intent. And finally, learn to hate all that is evil.
The second and third points seem irreconcilable. They are not. It is one thing to forgive a man who made you redundant from your job, not out of a sense of malice but because he had to, either due to pressure from his boss, or because of economic circumstances. It is quite another thing to become redundant because of some malicious little slimy SJW who hates you for who you are.
The former is a broken and miserable slave to the corpocracy. The latter is genuinely evil and chooses freely to be that way.
Set your face against the evil in this world, and be happy that you have a chance to take up arms and fight. Most men in your position would run away from the fight. You chose not to – even though you are broken, weak, frightened, and miserable. That alone is worth celebrating.
In the end, evil cannot win against truth. It always loses because truth CANNOT bend and WILL NOT break. Speak the truth. Live the truth. Stand for the truth. And your life will become vastly better, and far simpler, in the process.
And when evil finally breaks, you shall remain.
Part of what drove me out of being Baptist and general Protestant denominations were several questions that I didn’t have good answers for.
First, is what we are practicing today the same as what was practiced 40 years ago? In 40 years from now will it be the same?
Second, the seminaries are minting out pastors that are all in for sexual deviancy, critical race theory, and the average American male is irredeemable. As the older pastors leave where will we get pastors for our Children that do teach them to hate themselves?
Third, how are we going to get a common interpretation that doesn’t change with the latest fad, a future zeitgeist, or a hack theologian using sola scriptura to turn a segment of scripture into his pet project?
To each of those questions I had no good answers as a Protestant, but as an Orthodox Christian I do.
I recognize that this is going to anger some folks, but that’s not the intent. I want others to go all in for the Orthodox faith and enjoy what I enjoy, and to have faith in a tomorrow however long it takes for that to show up.
Brother, many of the same questions you have had have been leading me towards Orthodoxy. I attended my first divine liturgy (my first “high church” liturgical service ever to be honest) last month and it is fascinating me. I bought the Orthodox Study Bible and i M truly truly convinced that the Septuagint is THE Old Testament we should be using, not the Masoretic of Christ denying Jewry.
God bless you for your comment, and pray for me!