Power Worship: As the Church Believes, So the World Goes

As the church believes, so the world goes, even the unbelieving world. So when the church and its leaders are committed not to the Biblical faith but to a power religion (even if it is under a thin veneer of Christian theology), we should expect the world and its leaders to be committed to the same power religion, with our without the veneer. We should expect, therefore, to see Morse’s religion replicated in the world around us, and especially in the governments and their policies around us.

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Perhaps all these examples seem a bit too abstract to you. Well, then, look at American politics in the last several decades, and especially in the last couple of years. And no, not only the leftists, that is, the Democrat Party. The other leftists – the Republicans – are entirely obsessed with power. Donald Trump’s rhetoric has been based solely on the paradigm of power and who wields that power. “Make America great again” is not about making America the moral leader of the world again, a nation that uses its wealth and power to oppose dictators, help the oppressed, welcome the stranger to share in its greatness, and generally use its blessings from God to bless others. It is about a constant anxiety that others out there may be taking advantage of us in some nefarious ways, so let’s overpower them and show them who’s the boss here. It is “greatness” based on power, not true greatness based on service and moral leadership.

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It’s in the South Carolina’s conservative evangelical booing of Ron Paul when he laid out his principle of foreign policy: “Do unto others as you want done unto you.” That’s a heresy under the religion of power; we do unto others according to our might, not according to your outdated ethical code of Semitic desert shepherds of 2,000 years ago. It’s in the worship of police. It’s in the calls for shooting women and children at the border whose “crime” is that they want to find safety. Our civil government at every level has abandoned its function to protect justice and has turned into an arena of competing powers – and that is only because those who profess to be “Christians” have made the religion of power their true religion, abandoning the cause of the Gospel, while paying lip service to the Gospel.

And that’s the way they treat women, as well. Because women are weaker, and whoever is weaker, must have no voice in a world of powers. And certainly don’t try to empower women: if they have been created weaker, that must be for a purpose, so don’t try to empower them; you will tilt the balance of power. That’s Morse’s “real” conflict.

Unfortunately for Morse, this is not going to end well for him and his ilk. Obsession with power, and worship of power, always ends badly in the Bible, and those who crave power end up victims of the same power they craved. Jesus warned the disciples that they should not succumb to the temptation of resorting to power to deal with the enemies of the Gospel (Luke 9:55-56), and when Peter did resort to power, Jesus gave Him the Biblical principle: “All who draw the sword will die by the sword.” In Revelation 17, that principle is applied to the Apostate Church, the Harlot that is Babylon: she rides on the Beast (which is the political power), but then the Beast turns around and tears her apart; in fact, the very horns of the Beast (symbols of power) are those who are said to hate the harlot and eat her flesh and burn her with fire. Whatever your eschatological position on Revelation may be, at least this one is sure: an apostate church is a church that rides on the Beast (power) and eventually gets destroyed by that same power.

Perhaps this is one of the reason, or the very reason why the church in America has lost so much of its influence in the society, and has been impotent to preach the Gospel with true spiritual power. The more the church has relied in the Beast to sustain and carry it, the more the Beast has been turning upon her.

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So if, Morse wants to see where the real deadly influence is, it is not empowering the weakest in our society. It is in his obsession with power .

Empowering the weak is actually the Biblical standard. Including the women. Women are created physically weaker, that goes without saying, and the Bible says it. But there is no law against empowering them. Their weaker state is not something we should uphold as a religious standard. To the contrary, we should teach our girls to overcome their weakness and indeed, be as strong as men. Because some day a man may approach them with evil intentions, and they need to be prepared to inflict as much pain and destruction on the criminal as to make him abandon his evil intentions. This is real cherishing and protecting our women; keeping them weak so that some men can feel important is selfishness, not cherishing and not protecting. Women should be taught to fight, and they should be taught, as much as possible, to break skulls for God. Or spaceships, why not?

Greg Morse, with his obsession with power, is on the losing side of history. On the winning side of history is service: those who are powerful, using their power not to establish their own importance, but to empower the weak: widows, orphans, foreigners, the poor, and, of course, women. That’s why he and his ilk are losing the cultural war in America, and the feminists are winning it. The reversal will come only when the church reverses its view of power, and outdoes the enemies of God in empowering the weak. As long as we as a church are obsessed with the distribution of power, we will be on the losing side.

Matt. 25:34-46 continues to be a valid warning to all of us, especially to those who claim to be professing Christ: Whatever we do to the weakest among us will determine what will be done to us on the final day. And that’s the truly real conflict in Greg Morse’s article.

Captain Marvel and the Madness of Power Religion, by Bojidar Marinov

If God’s people are going to rule, God’s people are going to have to learn to serve others.

Especially the weakest and most vulnerable, be they women, or children, or the aged and senile, or pagan strangers, or the mentally crippled, or the physically crippled, or some other version of the Other.

An Other who needs our help.

An Other who, behind the mask, represents God Himself.
(Yes, even the pagans and the atheists and the Muslims and the Jews. Unbelief does not erase the in-born Image of God… or their lawful request for Justice, before the court of God.)

Christians must keep the unborn in mind, as the weakest of the weak:

But we must also respect the stranger, the orphan, the widow.
It’s a Biblical mandate!

Let’s stop worshiping power, and start serving the weak.

And be prepared for a great wave of blessings, honour, respect, and authority.

In time, and on earth, before our very eyes!

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“On Muscular Medievalism” and Power Fantasies

This essay “On Muscular Medievalism” by Amy Kaufman beautifully and crisply articulates what links ISIS, George RR Martin, and Donald Trump: a perspective on the middle ages that is pure power fantasy (and has little to do with the actual history).

“Medievalism has always provided reassuring fictions when power structures are threatened, whispering that the lost superiority of medieval nations, and of medieval men, is lurking inside all of us, waiting to be reclaimed.”

Suzanna Rowntree

Quotes from the essay (footnotes deleted):

Just how patriarchal were the Middle Ages? Ask any combination of creative producers of medievalism and you’re liable to learn that no matter how bad you think things were in medieval times, history was probably even worse. The medieval era is the dumping ground of the contemporary imagination, rife with torture, refuse in the streets, rape, slavery, superstition, casual slaughter, and every other human vice we supposedly stopped indulging in once we became “enlightened.”

Christians really do need to stop trusting in the Narratives of their Atheistic Betters.

… using violence against women [in “Game of Thrones”] as a shortcut to bolster authenticity is hardly limited to Martin’s creative endeavors: the casual rape of women and girls, often as a kind of “background noise” behind the “real” plot, pervades almost every work of medievalism that is proclaimed “gritty” or “authentic,” the often-anonymous victims themselves rendered disposable tropes in the service of historicity, from the History Channel’s show Vikings to popular games like The Witcher and Dragon Age.

Once again, Christians are going to have to dig up the real truth of the past… and spread the truth of what was going on back then.

The secularist intellectuals and academics and media liars aren’t going to go against their own treasured Narrative of their moral superiority and our moral inferiority.

We will have to do it. We will have to get the truth out there.

These works of medievalism often cross the fine line between critiquing a bygone era’s misogyny and celebrating it for the pleasure of its readers, players, and viewers. Behind such works of medievalism lurks the odor of nostalgic fantasy, a longing for the opposite side of the disempowered feminine equation: a muscular medievalism. Muscular medievalism imagines the past as a man’s world in which masculinity was powerful, impenetrable, and uniquely privileged. Muscular medievalism is the medievalism à la mode, and it has leaked out of the comparatively harmless space of television, print, and digital media to inspire xenophobic politics, acts of terrorism, and brutal war. The mythologically masculine Middle Ages, which serves as collective justification for the worst traits of both patriarchy and humanity, has terrifying global political consequences.

You can pursue Escapism, Power, or The Good.

The supposedly anti-medieval media are chasing Power.

We must pursue what is Good and True, as God commands.

ISIS propaganda, geared mostly toward Western audiences, uses a pastiche of clips from medieval- themed movies, images of young children in bouncy castles that sport the ISIS logo, and posters that use blatant Tolkien references. Despite its professed desire to resurrect a medieval Middle Eastern form of government, ISIS draws heavily on Western medievalism to draw recruits from Europe, the United States, and Britain who were raised on neomedieval media with violent, heroic narratives. To young men who feel dismissed and disempowered, ISIS sells a video game medievalism that lets potential recruits cast themselves as conquering, fierce religious warriors: one recent American recruit confessed in a high school essay written before he left for the Islamic State, “I believe that I have greatness in me….I want to be a superhero.” And the ISIS fighter, balaclava-clad with a curved sword in one hand and a Kalashnikov in the other, whether straddling a horse, seated atop a tank, or striding in lockstep formation, could have come from straight from central casting in any of today’s video games, graphic novels, or films. It hardly matters that his go-to look is a pastiche of different historical and fictional screenshots. His image speaks a language that gamers, fantasy fans, moviegoers, and TV audiences instinctively understand. It is an image that says: power.

POWER! POWER! POWER!

The idol of the age.

Of course, the world is reacting to ISIS, just not in the way that one might hope. The Western world’s response to the rise of a violent, patriarchal totalitarian terrorist regime in the Middle East has been to court its own neonationalist, patriarchal, and totalitarian impulses. The neomedieval patriarchal religious state beckons with the promise of a lost status reclaimed, appealing both to people who are marginalized, like many first-generation immigrants, and those who simply see themselves as marginalized, like Anders Breivik, the Norwegian mass-murderer who fancied himself as a Templar “taking back the West” from Marxists and Muslims. In Europe, where anti-immigrant sentiment has been escalating for the better part of a decade, far-right parties like Front National in France, Greece’s Golden Dawn, and the Dutch Freedom party are on the rise, as is the level of anti- Muslim and anti-Jewish violence in these countries.

Satan knows that the Secularist God-State has just about run its course.

So, time to build up some Religious God-States to push his demonic agenda to steal, oppress, kill, rape, destroy, defile.

If at all possible, the demons will be sure to firmly bold on the name “Christian” to as many such power-worshiping frauds as possible. “That way, we can break the commandment on using God’s name in vain, as well as all the other ones!”

Christian Reconstructionists are to kick the legs under the coming murderous, lawless, anti-Christ frauds.

Truth, Justice, Righteousness, Compassion, Mercy: those are the keys we need.

(Serious libertarianism wouldn’t hurt either.

  • Hostility to standing armies and navies, public police forces and secret police and spies;
  • hostility to most forms of taxation (and banning any combination of taxes that goes past the ‘oppression level” of 10%)
  • cutting down any and all non-Biblical laws
  • demanding punishment for all forms of perjury and false testimony (even from police officers, government bureaucrats and politicians *gasp*)
  • and challenging the very existence of any ‘executive branch of government’ other than the person of Jesus Christ
  • Shrinking down the size of most/all legal domains down to the county level

All the above wouldn’t be bad for starters.

See North’s Victim’s Rights and McDurmon’s Restoring America for more.)

Many have noted that Trump is a classic authoritarian “strongman,” one among many rising globally, putting him in company with Vladimir Putin, Hugo Chavez, and Bashar Al-Assad—and, of course, more classically, Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin.

It isn’t Trunp that I am worried about.

The Democrats will rule when the next recession strikes… but they won’t be able to heal the economy, or the nation.

The man after them — Republican, Democrat, or other — just might be the Man on the White Horse the people may foolishly cry out for. Most likely, he’ll just be another Chavez or Castro. It’s unlikely that he will be a Hitler or a Stalin:” decentralization will continue to put on tighter and tighter limits on tyranny. “We can’t go back in time.”

The real danger is that the following President may be another intelligent Putin, or a cunning Octavian. Such a disaster is likely to destroy the American Experiment in freedom for decades.

(Praise God for the incompetence of the American military! This sharply reduces the likelihood of a general smoothly moving in to the White House.)

ISIS, George R. R. Martin, and Donald Trump use the Middle Ages not as they were, to be sure, but as they want the Middle Ages to have been. Medievalists and medievalismists alike know plenty about such skewed, illusory constructions of history, the nostalgic undercurrents of nation-building, and the narratives that gloss and polish selective violence based on race, class, gender, and faith. We know that the barbaric acts so often deemed medieval predate the Middle Ages and follow for centuries after it. We know, unfortunately, that violence is addictive—that whole generations of warriors have destroyed and self-destructed in the pursuit of their own heroic narratives. We know that men who imagine themselves to be heroes will enslave, rape, torture, and murder those they see as less than human. And above all, we know well how sadism and cruelty can be elevated, how it can thrive hand-in-hand with progressive ideas, technological innovation, love, joy, spiritual growth, cultural exchange, and intellectual energy.

Satan makes his beautiful, sensual, power-intoxicating road of endless, destructive wars to hell.

Christians are to follow Christ, and expand His Kingdom in this world. A Kingdom of justice, peace, compassion, and increasing prosperity and joy, day by day.

Christ’s Kingdom must expand, and Satan’s Kingdom must shrink.


Bible quotes for today:

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Romans 12:10 ESV

Affection, honour, service is to mark our lives…
and thus, receive God’s blessings: on us, our families, our people, our land.
Even the entire world!

NOT theft, murder, rape!
Such things only brings curses and damnation on our heads.

As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
    a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,

“The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone,”

and

“A stone of stumbling,
    and a rock of offense.”

They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

I Peter 2:4-12, ESV

We are to be a holy priesthood.

We — a.k.a ALL BELIEVERS — are to be a holy priesthood… not some select few, from unBiblical power-focused institutions likes seminaries.

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

Galatians 3:27-29, ESV

And when God says ALL BELIEVERS, He means ALL BELIEVERS – male and female alike.
<Waves to Deaconess Phobe!>

And from reality….

God knows well that women that don’t carry swords can well die on them.

Thus, He placed pistols and rifles into the minds of men, so ALL His children, male and female, old and young, strong and weak, can protect their temples, their liberty, and their family.

Muscles are not the point.
Power isn’t the point.
Justice is the point.

Law is in Every Culture Religious in Origin.

Know the basics.

Law is in every culture religious in origin. Because law governs man and society, because it establishes and declares the meaning of justice and righteousness, law is inescapably religious, in that it establishes in practical fashion the ultimate concerns of a culture. Accordingly, a fundamental and necessary premise in any and every study of law must be, first, a recognition of this religious nature of law.

Second, it must be recognized that in any culture the source of law is the god of that society. If law has its source in man’s reason, then reason is the god of that society. If the source is an oligarchy, or in a court, senate, or ruler, then that source is god of that system. Thus, in Greek culture law was essentially a religiously humanistic concept. In contrast to every law derived from revelation, nomos for the Greeks originated in the mind (nous). So the genuine nomos is no mere obligatory law, but something in which an entity valid in itself is discovered and appropriated… . It is “the order which exists (from time immemorial), is valid and is put into operation.”

Because for the Greeks mind was one being with the ultimate order of things, man’s mind was thus able to discover ultimate law (nomos) out of its own resources, by penetrating through the maze of accident and matter to the fundamental ideas of being. As a result, Greek culture became both humanistic, because man’s mind was one with ultimacy, and also neoplatonic, ascetic, and hostile to the world of matter, because mind, to be truly itself, had to separate itself from non-mind.

Modern humanism, the religion of the state, locates law in the state and thus makes the state, or the people as they find expression in the state, the god of the system. As Mao Tse-Tung has said, “Our God is none other than the masses of the Chinese people. In Western culture, law has steadily moved away from God to the people (or the state) as its source, although the historic power and vitality of the West has been in Biblical faith and law.

Third, in any society, any change of law is an explicit or implicit change of religion. Nothing more clearly reveals, in fact, the religious change in a society than a legal revolution. When the legal foundations shift from Biblical law to humanism, it means that the society now draws its vitality and power from humanism, not from Christian theism.

Fourth, no disestablishment of religion as such is possible in any society. A church can be disestablished, and a particular religion can be supplanted by another, but the change is simply to another religion. Since the foundations of law are inescapably religious, no society exists without a religious foundation or without a law-system which codifies the morality of its religion.

Fifth, there can be no tolerance in a law-system for another religion. Toleration is a device used to introduce a new law-system as a prelude to a new intolerance. Legal positivism, a humanistic faith, has been savage in its hostility to the Biblical law-system and has claimed to be an “open” system. But Cohen, by no means a Christian, has aptly described the logical positivists as “nihilists” and their faith as “nihilistic absolutism.” [3] Every law-system must maintain its existence by hostility to every other law-system and to alien religious foundations, or else it commits suicide.

Rousas John Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law, 1973, as quoted by the Worldview Leadership Institute

Archaeological Evidence for Prophet Isaiah

Archaeological Evidence for Prophet Isaiah

Recently, Israeli archaeologist Eilat Mazar and her team made a stunning discovery during excavations in Jerusalem. It provides strong support for the reality of Isaiah and his Old Testament world.

Digging at the base of the southern wall of the Temple Mount, the team found a clay seal bearing Isaiah’s name. Mazar provided a transliteration of this Isaiah bulla in Biblical Archaeology Review as “Yesha‘yah[u] Nvy[?],” where brackets indicate unknown letters from damage to the clay.1 “Yesha‛yahu” is “Isaiah.” If the Hebrew letter aleph stood in place of the missing letter “[?],” then the word after “Isaiah” would spell “prophet.” Possibly the hand of Isaiah himself formed this seal.

In 2015, only ten feet away, the team had found a clay impression called a bulla bearing King Hezekiah’s seal.2 According to the Bible, the prophet Isaiah served during Hezekiah’s reign and interacted directly with the king.

The archaeological layer containing both the Hezekiah bulla and now the Isaiah clay seal occurs below Byzantine and early Roman debris. This matches the biblical time of Hezekiah’s reign, which lasted from 729 to 687 BC.3 Thus, these two artifacts found together confirm the fact that those Old Testament figures really lived at the time the Bible says they did.

Archaeological Evidence for Prophet Isaiah BY BRIAN THOMAS, PH.D.

Typically, secularists simply make some lying allegation or claim, then run away, leaving Christians to clean up the mess. The claim that Christians in medieval times were filthy morons who thought the world was flat is typical of the school of Secular Thought in its ascendancy.

Now with the Internet allowing believers to get at the truth and ignore the academic gatekeepers, such claims are fading away. But they still need to be thought with the truth, gained by research in the field and investigating the original sources.

Christian victory comes from integrity, hard work and sacrifice, as directed by the Holy Spirit and the Love of Truth, presented to all in the public eye for public investigation. Nothing else will cut mustard.

The Failure of Power in War

From the second of the three recent German Wars (1870-1945):

Over the course of five days, beginning August 25, 1914, German troops stationed in the Belgian village of Louvain during the opening month of World War I burn and loot much of the town, executing hundreds of civilians.

Located between Liege, the fortress town that saw heavy fighting during the first weeks of the German invasion, and the Belgian capital of Brussels, Louvain became the symbol, in the eyes of international public opinion, of the shockingly brutal nature of the German war machine. From the first days they crossed into Belgium, violating that small country’s neutrality on the way to invade France, German forces looted and destroyed much of the countryside and villages in their path, killing significant numbers of civilians, including women and children. These brutal actions, the Germans claimed, were in response to what they saw as an illegal civilian resistance to the German occupation, organized and promoted by the Belgian government and other community leaders—especially the Catholic Church—and carried out by irregular combatants or franc-tireurs (snipers, or free shooters) of the type that had participated in the Franco-Prussian War in 1870-71.

From This Day in History: Germans burn Belgian town of Louvain

I like my Christians with spine.

There is a price to be paid for this, as any oppressor, thief, rapist, enslaver, and murderer will be willing to explain. But that is why Christians exist: following the example of their Lord, they are to pay the price for good to be victorious over evil, the righteous to crush the head of the wicked.

“Illegal civilian resistance”.

Typical Establishment talk.

“Oh you filthy civilians, look what you made me do?”

In reality this type of civilian resistance—despite being sanctioned by the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907, which the Germans objected to—did not exist to any significant degree in Belgium during the German invasion, but was used as an excuse to justify the German pursuit of a theory of terror previously articulated by the enormously influential 19th-century Prussian military philosopher Karl von Clausewitz. According to Clausewitz, the civilian population of an enemy country should not be exempted from war, but in fact should be made to feel its effects, and be forced to put pressure on their government to surrender.

From This Day in History: Germans burn Belgian town of Louvain

Ah, the worship of Power Over All.

Or, “how to turn a powerful nation with a great future into a broken, hollow, disagraced shell”.

The burning of Louvain came on the heels of a massacre in the village of Dinant, near Liege, on August 23, in which the German soldiers had killed some 674 civilians on the orders of their corps commander. Two days later, the small but hardy Belgian army made a sudden sharp attack on the rear lines of the German 1st Army, commanded by General Alexander von Kluck, forcing the Germans to retreat in disorder to Louvain. In the confusion that followed, they would later claim, civilians had fired on the German soldiers or had fired from the village’s rooftops to send a signal to the Belgian army, or even to approaching French or British troops. The Belgians, by contrast, would claim the Germans had mistakenly fired on each other in the dark. Whatever happened did not matter: the Germans burned Louvain not to punish specific Belgian acts but to provide an example, before the world, of what happened to those who resisted mighty Germany.

From This Day in History: Germans burn Belgian town of Louvain

Kneel Before Almighty POWER!

POWER ABOVE LAW!

POWER ABOVE JUSTICE!

POWER! POWER! POWER!

Typical Secularist filth.

I am amazed by the number of Christians who are so very willing to beg and humble themselves before Powerful Men, to surrender before any number of anti-Christs because they have guns, numbers, money, and uniforms.

As soldiers of Christ, we are to surrender to unbelievers at every level.

We are to surrender in public and in private, at the macro level and on the micro level, on a national scale and on a private scale. We are to surrender to every secular authority that is placed over us.

We Need to Surrender, by Carlos Chung

Man! Some people really do love to lick the boots of the wicked, so long as they have a uniform, a badge, and a gun!

No matter. These worthless men can roast with the Powerful Master they have chosen to exalt far above Jesus Christ.

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
― Samuel Adams

Remember: “You Worship What You Fear. Obedience Shows Love.” And we know who our Glorious Christian Leadership chooses to fear and obey, right now, on earth.

As if Christ only ruled in some mystical never-never land of some distant hazy future, and does not rule right here and right now.

Power shall not inherit the world. Justice shall.

Why do the nations rage[a]
    and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
    and the rulers take counsel together,
    against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
    and cast away their cords from us.”

He who sits in the heavens laughs;
    the Lord holds them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
    and terrify them in his fury, saying,
“As for me, I have set my King
    on Zion, my holy hill.”

I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
    today I have begotten you.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
    and the ends of the earth your possession.
You shall break[b] them with a rod of iron
    and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
    be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
    and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,
    lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
    for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Pslam 2, English Standard Version: the most quoted Bible passages in the New Testament are HERE.

Believing Christians are to fear God and not Powerful Men. They are to uphold right above wrong, justice above injustice, the godly weak above the godless strong.

Regardless of the cost.

Following the example that Christ laid down for us to imitate.

Over the next five days, as Louvain and its buildings—including its renowned university and library, founded in 1426—burned, a great outcry grew in the international community, with refugees pouring out of the village and eyewitness accounts filling the foreign press. Richard Harding Davis, an American correspondent in Belgium, arrived at Louvain by troop train on August 27; his report later appeared in the New York Tribune under the headline GERMANS SACK LOUVAIN; WOMEN AND CLERGY SHOT. A wireless statement from Berlin issued by the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., confirmed the incidents, stating that “Louvain was punished by the destruction of the city.” The Allied press went crazy, with British editorials proclaiming “Treason to Civilization” and insisting the Germans had proved themselves descendants not of the great author Goethe but of the bloodthirsty Attila the Hun.

From This Day in History: Germans burn Belgian town of Louvain

“Clergy shot.”

I’m starting to see why the Right Sort doesn’t bring up German atrocities of World War I much anymore. Even the extermination of Christian clergy and leaders in the Soviet Union was largely avoid and glossed over in the ‘controversial’ Black Book of Communism. But hey, the Academics & Media, the Soviets, the Kaiser, and the Nazis all crawl on their belly before the idol of Power.

And far too many Christians do the same, utterly uncaring of God’s deep hostility to cold, poisonous, lying reptilian snakes and self-exalting, lawless, mindlessly destructive dragons.

I bet that if it wasn’t for the Jews of the universities, even the Holocaust would be largely forgotten, so quick Academics are to lick the boot of Power.

On August 25, 1914, the German army ravaged the city of Leuven, deliberately burning the university’s library of 300,000 medieval books and manuscripts with gasoline, killing 248 residents,[9] and expelling the entire population of 10,000.

WIkipedia, Rape of Belgium

Odd: in my youth in the 80s, I often heard of the canard of how Christians burned the Library of Alexandra (Carl Sagan and his mythical — but politically useful — mob of Christians is dealt with in Reddit’s BadHistory section).

Nobody ever whispered a world of the Great Catholic Library of Leuven.

It’s as if Christian history, knowledge and thought isn’t worth a dam (old Indian coin), but Pagan thought is to be treasured and mourned over.

(I’ll be passing over the work of the monasteries in preserving Classical knowledge.)

By war’s end, the Germans would kill some 5,521 civilians in Belgium (and 896 in France). Above all, German actions in Belgium were intended to demonstrate to the Allies that the German empire was a formidable power that should be submitted to, and that those resisting that power—whether soldier or civilian, belligerent or neutral—would be met with a force of total destruction. Ironically, for many in the Allied countries, and in the rest of the world as well, a different conclusion emerged from the flames of Louvain: Germany must be defeated at all costs, without compromise or settlement, because a German victory would mean the defeat of civilization.

From This Day in History: Germans burn Belgian town of Louvain

Lawless murderers, thieves, liars, vandals, and rapists are to be resisted, crippled, punished.

Regardless of the uniforms they wear, the colour of their skin, the cant streaming from their lips, or the blather of their propaganda machines.

Or the pious ideological religious poses they make.

Politics Fourth… Again

As North points out: whenever a Republican President is in the big chair, the Republican radicals are ignored. And whenever a Democratic President is in charge, the Democratic radicals are brushed aside.

Christian Reconstructionists are radicals – peaceful radicals, but radicals nevertheless.

(Radical: Origin of radical: “1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin rādīcālis “having roots”. See Axe to the Root for details.)

Therefore, there is no possibility that any single point of the Reconstructionist agenda will be put into place by the Oval Office until the broad, general society has already been persuaded of that Reconstructionist point.

So, politics — especially national politics — will have to wait for a long time. Local politics – town and county level – is more accessible, but even the dogcatcher positions are to be put on the backburner, by and large.

Reconstructing your own life first, then your family, church, and job/business, comes far before politics.

For more, check out North’s Christian Economics books. But note that you need to put in the time to master the Student and Teacher’s Editions before finally gaining the competence for the Activist Edition.

(And, even here at the peak, you are STILL probably going to get a bigger real-life bang as a good husband and father, or as businessman, or a teacher & preacher, than you will get in local politics!

Good, godly service NOW.

Dreams of power and control? Forgettaboutit!

And, if you go get a high position — due to good service to others — don’t forget:

more authority =>
more responsibility =>
harsher judgements for failure from God’s Throne.
(and/or the customer, in the world of business.)

There are real, excellent rewards for success: but the rewards accrue more to the people you serve, than to you yourself.

It is honourable to pursue justly earned profits, to live well: but you had better be rich towards God, and have a real care to the weak, to the widow and the orphan!