When I am weaker than you, I ask you for freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am stronger than you, I take away your freedom because that is according to my principles.
― Frank Herbert, Children of Dune
I was reading Supergirl and Waging the War Against Cynicism With Idealized Superheroes, where we see a woman’s take on superheroes – “fewer anti-heroes, and more about actual heroes”, as defined by the culture – when I wandered over to a link to How Man Of Steel traumatised me so much I created Huck by Mark Millar.
Another article leaning against violence, true, but the details are interesting:
When I got my hands on Superman in Red Son I reimagined him as a communist dictator, forcing the ideals of Marx and Engels on a global electorate who could do nothing to stop him. Given the chance to create a fun superhero for one of my children, I came up with Hit-Girl, a ten-year-old girl who looked like Polly Pocket, but had the arsenal of John Rambo and the social conscience of Ann Coulter. In short, I have blood on my hands as much as anyone, but that’s where this gets interesting.
You see, I love cartoonish ultra-violence as much as the next Glaswegian (see this year’s Kingsman: the Secret Service where Colin Firth takes down 100 fundamentalists in a Southern Baptist church), but at the same time I also feel we need a little balance. In amongst all these very dark, angst-ridden and sometimes very serious superhero movies that have made Hollywood a lot of money over the last fifteen years I’m sensing a need for a little hope too, a little LESS super-cool bad-assery.
Of course, socialism is reliant on violence: but then again, Ann Coulter’s neocon policies are rather violent as well (and just about as successful as the socialists). The Kingsman: the Secret Service is the usual government-authorized killer, more interested in killing culturally deviant Christians than merely protecting his own person and property, which is pretty much all he could do under Biblical Law.
(I wonder if The Kingsman would ever act against on the silver screen against various Saudi-founded mosques. Impossible, of course: the Establishment has only ever had one enemy, and it was never “Islam” or “religion” or “bigotry”.
Fundamentalist Christians would be well advised to take their Second Amendment rights seriously, before the next set of violence-driven cultural imperialists show up.)
I don’t expect this decline of the liberal violent vision to last long: sensible materialists have a deep faith in the power of killing and theft, Mighty Leaders and Political Power, and are utterly uninterested in fighting the evil within their own hearts (if only because such evil will, always and forever, be redefined as good in their eyes.)
Growing a Spine
It would be nice if actual Christians would at least attempt to keep up, and at least teach their own children about the profound injustice. I have serious doubt about this, though: they can’t even hit the fat and easy targets, like the link between Eugenics, Racism, and the Progressive-backed Ku Klux Klan. If Christians can’t be bother to even try to fight back, to make even a minimum effort to respond to their enemies, then all their wailing and whining and bleating about persecution will be laughingly dismissed.
As it should be, frankly. After all, if they were serious, they would go underground, or leave the country, or be in jail, or get fired, or get executed. They would make a noise, be silenced and beaten and mocked and despised, and keep on fighting and pressing, no matter what Our Loving Masters say. They would actually be willing to pay a price for their faith, day after day, year after year.
(And let it not be forgotten, European Christians eagerly threw away their authority, in the name of some socialist promises of living off the stolen goods of the rich, and nationalist promises of racial glory and imperial might. As of 2016, there still is no interest in getting back their freedom… and I suspect there won’t be any, even after the death of both the welfare state and the technologically-driven gutting of the power of the nation-state.)
Actual Christians follow the example of Christ, pay the price – in blood, in cash, in time, in pain – and so gain the victory. For Christ did not suffer in vain, but to please His Father, and so lawfully gain authority and honour and power on this earth, as it is in heaven.
Instead – in the West at least, and most noticeably in Western Europe – we get these governments – conservative and liberal, Christian and secular alike – who joyfully press the boots on Christian throats… and continue to receive Christian votes, so long as they Look Tough, Uphold State power, and coo the right words about Our Heritage.
What a bunch of power-worshippers!
Fat and comfortable Western European Christians are far more likely to fight for their share of the welfare state’s stolen goods, than to fight for the supremacy and the commandments of King Jesus over all His (deeply pathetic) competition. They shall receive the wages they have earned.
American Christians, take note, and be sure to despise the example set by those failures in Europe.
Matthew 5 (the bold is mine)
1And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
One day, Christians will actually believe what they read in the Bible, and act on it.
When that day comes, the ruling powers of the world – whether they adore money or power, atheistic and Islamic alike – will tremble, and flee in fear.
I am a postmillenialist. I believe that Christ demands victory, and what God wants, God gets.
I believe that the good guys will win, and the bad guys will lose.
(And God – not some self-serving Elite, be it political or economic or academic or media or legal or religious – gets to define ‘the good guys’ and ‘the bad guys’)
I plan to act on this belief.
I plan on paying the needed sacrifice, in order to win.
I pray that you will, too.