When the nation and its people are held captive by an oppressive, morally and spiritually bankrupt government and society, then Christians and their families must push as hard against the government and society as it pushes against them. That’s how a marriage and family with Christ at its center lives.
Though they did not know it at the time — the idea would have seemed preposterous — the sounding of “boots and saddle” that morning marked the beginning of the end of the Indian wars in America, of fully two hundred fifty years of bloody combat that had begun almost with the first landing of the first ship on the first fatal shore in Virginia. The final destruction of the last of the hostile tribes would not take place for a few more years. Time would be yet required to round them all up, or starve them out, or exterminate their sources of food, or run them to ground in shallow canyons, or kill them outright. – S. C. Gwynne, Empire of the Summer Moon
In those moments, when you want to give up, and family and friends don’t show up for you, and you’re sure you don’t have the strength to get up again, you’re going to wish, you’re even going to pray, that you could be un-baptized. No more sin or Satan. No more wrestling with temptations. No more asking God, “Why have you abandoned me?”
The Church doesn’t need to search for the next, best, newest thing that will satisfy her until Jesus comes, because she is always given to by her Creator. She’s given time and patience. The gifts of salvation are given to her to quiet and calm her fears. She’s given life because her Savior speaks to her and serves her with absolute devotion.
Only in Christ does death equal victory and weakness equal strength. Long before Christ would say to his disciples, “Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 10:39), these children were already resting securely in the arms of their Savior, the infant child Jesus.
Santa Claus. Santa Claus is a nice enough idea. A white-bearded, old man comes from the sky to reward good little children, but withholds his gifts from the naughty ones. That’s Santa in a nutshell. That’s not God, but it does describe Santa Claus. But that’s how most people envision God. They imagine that he’s very much like Santa Claus. And like Santa, they also believe that God is a white-bearded, old man who comes from the sky to reward good people and punish the naughty ones. But, Jesus isn’t Santa Claus. Not even close.
The story about Jesus’ birth, the true story, just wasn’t as nice as we make it out to be in children’s Christmas pageants. For example, in his Gospel, Luke gives a hint at the shame suffered by Joseph and Mary. He writes that there was “no room for them in the inn.” Now, despite the sweet-talking and all the hoop-jumping we go through to clean-up the story, the text doesn’t say there was no room. The text says there was no room for them. And this should cause us to do a little head-scratching.
“He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby becomes a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, Aphorism 146.
Christianity is called the religion of pity. Pity stands opposed to the tonic emotions which heighten our vitality: it has a depressing effect. We are deprived of strength when we feel pity. That loss of strength which suffering as such inflicts on life is still further increased and multiplied by pity. Pity makes suffering contagious. – Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist
When your bones grow weak, Jesus still loves you. When the blood dries off your veins, Jesus still loves you. When your love slowly fades away from this earth and you are embraced by the dirt, Jesus still loves you. God’s love is more than father, mother, friend, or anyone else could love you, even more than you are able to love yourself… because God is love and his promises to you are unbreakable, even into eternal life.
Solzhenitsyn’s audacious claim was that suffering had refined him, taught him to love. It was only there, out of the experience of intense suffering, that the prisoner began to understand the meaning of life and first began to sense the good inside himself.
*** Never eat chocolate covered espresso beans after drinking espresso, before recording a podcast – Donavon
How many of you have become indifferent about God’s love because your expectations remain unmet? How often do you become disappointed and in your disappointment, break away from God’s love for you? Be honest. Don’t you do this whenever God doesn’t meet your expectations? Isn’t this your response when God doesn’t give you the answer you want when you want it? Don’t you stop caring about God’s love for you that’s demonstrated in Christ Jesus because you’re not seeing the good things he promises?
“I don’t call it humble as much as I call it a very clear definition as to what ego is. The more confident I have become, the more in control or aware I am of my ego. Because I am so well prepared for physical confrontation, my ego is less confrontational. I feel less of a need to prove myself. The ego is everywhere. It is a beautiful thing, but most people don’t talk about it enough to even understand it.” – Ryron Gracie
So listen now, before it’s too late. “Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
The warrior ethos in the Lord of the Rings is about cultivating virtuous masculinity. It helps develop men who can protect, provide and procreate with an ethical, moral and competent ideological, theological and sociological ethos. The toxic kind of masculinity being lamented today is often a caricature of the worst of masculinity, unmoored from it’s virtuous center. – Eric Blauer
God gave you a hunger at your baptism into Christ so that now, every gravy smeared plate, every wine stain on the couch, every pie crumb ground into the carpet incites you to give thanks for God’s gorgeous, fatherly heart made solid.
*** Apologies. I was thinking about too many things at once and said this is the Banned Books Podcast, Midweek Debrief #89. I crossed the streams. If you’re here for The Warrior Priest Podcast, you followed the right link. Enjoy!
Komaromi agrees that we have to start somewhere in our rebellion against contemporary atomization. The individual standing alone against the machine will be crushed.
You are not to allow someone else to violate your body or the body of another person. You will not allow someone to violate the body of those who are weak, needy, fatherless, poor, and oppressed. You will not allow someone to be bullied, attacked, and harmed in their body. You have a biblical mandate to steward God’s temple, your body. You have a command to steward the temple that God has given to other people too.
The tarantulas, of course, would have it otherwise. “What justice means to us is precisely that the world be filled with the storms of our revenge”—thus they speak to each other. “We shall wreak vengeance and abuse on all whose equals we are not”—thus do the tarantula-hearts vow. “And ‘will to equality’ shall henceforth be the name for virtue; and against all that has power we want to raise our clamor!”
You preachers of equality, the tyrannomania of impotence clamors thus out of you for equality: your most secret ambitions to be tyrants thus shroud themselves in words of virtue. Aggrieved conceit, repressed envy—perhaps the conceit and envy of your fathers—erupt from you as a flame and as the frenzy of revenge.
Friedrich Nietzsche: On The Tarantulas
On The Tarantulas: http://www.michaelhoskinson.com/nietzsche-on-the-tarantulas/
“[My father] believed that he was accountable before God, not before people. It didn’t matter to him when other people didn’t understand why the did the things he did. He acted in the sight of God. And you know, the Bible gave him strength because it is full of stories of the prophets and others going beyond the border of what was comprehensible or understandable to people, for the sake of obeying the Lord.” – Marketa Benda
The apostle Paul writes that the goal of the Christian life is: “That by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.” That’s your goal. That’s your Christian life. The resurrection of the dead, BY ANY MEANS POSSIBLE. Might that include taking certain earthly risks? Of course! Might that include giving up on temporary things so that you might be raised bodily from the dead? Of course!
Marriage and family offers three gifts that are urgently needed for believers struggling within a totalitarian order. The first is the fruitful fellowship of love… the second gift is freedom… the third gift is the dignity of the individual within family fellowship.
But, for now, we hear the Lamb’s voice in His Word: “Take, and eat. Take, and drink.” He is here. He’s brought all of heaven with Him. All the angels and archangels, and all the company of heaven. Here, in the Lord’s Supper, is our heaven on earth. That’s because Jesus gives us access by his blood to Himself and to the Father who sits on the throne.
It is up to us today to take up the challenge, to live not by lies and to speak the truth that defeats evil. How do we do this in a society built on lies? By accepting a life outside the mainstream, courageously defending the truth, and being willing to endure the consequences. These challenges are daunting, but we are blessed with examples from saints who’ve gone before.
Vaclav Havel, The Power of the Powerless: https://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/wp-content/uploads/1979/01/the-power-of-the-powerless.pdf
Jesus is the true reformer, and the work of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word of forgiveness is the true Reformation, and like the Reformation of the 16th century, the work of Christ is not only a spiritual, but also a social, economic, cultural, scientific and political reformation.
We have to throw away this crippling nostalgia for the future, especially the habit we Americans, a naturally optimistic people, have of assuming that everything will ultimately work out for the best.
God’s Word tells us that because we refuse to admit the truth, that we’re all insane, that each of our worlds doesn’t match God’s reality, that our worlds don’t match the reality of God and us revealed by Jesus, the truth about reality is a mystery to us.
You’re a loser. But, for Jesus, that means you’re just the kind of person He wants sitting with him at his wedding feast. You don’t deserve to be here, and that’s exactly how God’s grace works.
Today’s left-wing totalitarianism once again appeals to an internal hunger, specifically the hunger for a just society, one that vindicates and liberates the historical victims of oppression. It masquerades as kindness, demonizing dissenters and disfavored demographic groups to protect the feelings of “victims” in order to bring about “social justice.”
Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents: https://www.amazon.com/Live-Not-Lies-Christian-Dissidents/dp/0593087399
God created you to live together, in concrete, physical relationships, serving and sacrificing for the health and well-being of the person standing in front of you. God created you for communion. You’re created and planted in the world by God to produce good fruit not fairy gold. Whether you’re changing diapers, serving on the front line, harvesting wheat, responding to a car accident, or comforting a worried friend, that’s what God has chosen for you to do with the life He’s given to you and the lives he’s entrusted to you.
“You are not a king, my young friend. You are a conqueror.”
“Observe my kingdom,” Porus explained, “governed with wisdom and justice. The people prosper and are happy. The land flourishes and yields its bounty. Men are free to speak and to exercise their ambition.
The forces of evil have Satan on their side. But, he only knows how to hate, threaten, and destroy what God creates. On our side, we have Jesus Christ, the Lord Almighty, the God of armies dressed for battle, who will crush the head of the ancient serpent. And, as the apostle writes, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
The unwise man thinks that he will live, if from fighting he flees; but the ails and aches of old age dog him though spears have spared him. – Havamal 16
Forgiveness releases to God what rightly belongs to him. Since God is “the Judge of all the earth who will do what is right,” releasing to God’s judgment the one who sinned against you places the offense in the purest context of judgment. Forgiving releases the grievance and the offender to God’s all-knowing perspective and to his justice and mercy. This honors Jesus by placing matters into His nail-pierced hands to uphold His judgment, as He chooses, in His time.
Siegfried’s Story: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/6866/6866-h/6866-h.htm
“None but cowards give up an undertaking once begun,” answered Siegfried. “Go back to Rhineland yourself, if you are afraid; but you must go alone. You have brought me thus far to meet the dragon of the heath, to win the hoard of the swarthy elves, and to rid the world of a terrible evil. Before the setting of another sun, the deed which you have urged me to do will be done.”
God’s Word and Spirit have created a humble heart in you so that you can overcome fear, live boldly for Christ, and lay down your life for Him because you know Jesus’ final victory is at hand.
Fear is not only debilitating, but its existence also destroys the cohesion of a command. It is the responsibility of a commander to identify the limits of courage, break the paralysis of fear, and motivate his soldiers to continue with the mission. Courage conquers fear. – Maj. Dick Winters
Christ saves you through his body, the Church, because you’re a member of his body. You are that hand or foot that Jesus can’t live without, and that can’t live without his life-blood.
I don’t think we’ll get rid of schools anytime soon, certainly not in my lifetime, but if we’re going to change what is rapidly becoming a disaster of ignorance, we need to realize that the school institution “schools” very well, but it does not “educate” – that’s inherent in the design of the thing. It’s not the fault of bad teachers or too little money spent, it’s just impossible for education and schooling ever to be the same thing. – John Taylor Gatto
Why Schools Don’t Educate by John Taylor Gatto: https://www.naturalchild.org/articles/guest/john_gatto.html
Christ’s love for you is the mortar that binds you to each other and to God. Suffering is the proof test and the gift that leads to the resurrection to eternal life.
“Condition for being a hero. If a man wants to become a hero, the snake must first become a dragon: otherwise he is lacking his proper enemy.”Nietzsche, Human, all too Human
The enemies of God are not coming to invite you to a picnic. Instead, they are mustering for battle. They will not come unprepared to fight and win. They’re coming to take from you what God has given to you: your body, possessions, and life. They’re coming to attack Jesus’ faithfulness and love towards you. But you don’t have to be afraid. You don’t have to flee the battle. You have been dressed in the armor of God and handed the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.
“The poorest way to face life is to face it with a sneer. There are many men who feel a kind of twisted pride in cynicism; there are many who confine themselves to criticism of the way others do what they themselves dare not even attempt.” – Theodore Roosevelt
As God said to Israel in the days of King Jehoshaphat, and announces to you again today, “You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf… Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed… go out against them, and the Lord will be with you.”
My goal today is to create a form of jiu jitsu that will empower the entire person, both on and off the mat. If I can make a nervous person feel more relaxed than they’ve ever felt before, I’m changing them from within in a way that a psychiatrist or a pill never can. – Rickson Gracie, Breathe
You must meditate, you must pray, you must be thankful, you must give. I think those things are very important spiritually for you to be at peace with yourself. Once you’ve tried to improve spiritually, physically, and mentally your are in a good way. – Rickson Gracie
When we refuse to make war against evil, to expose those who tempt believers, then the evil grows more and more monstrous. But, throwing aside fear, the faithful are bold to proclaim their faith in the face of opposition and affliction. Then, those who wage war against the Church have a hard time destroying the Spirit’s work.
Many churches today want to avoid the 800 pound gorilla in the room. They’re obedient to government and culture instead of Christ. They’re about works-righteousness instead of the Gospel. They’re obsessed with making the world a better place, even though that’s not the primary mission of the Church. Churches today are more worried about complying with the government and marching in step with culture than obeying God’s call for them to be conformed to the image of the Son.
Men of Athens, will you send your sons to contest the monster, Philip? Or have you grown so fat and happy that you care not, and instead dispatch hired troops, who are not of our blood or kin? Will these mercenaries, who fight only for profit, possess the will to hold Philip back? Or will the day come when we awake to discover that we have ceded future liberty to current ease? – Demosthenes
For those unfamiliar with the term, zugzwang is when you place your opponent in positions that force them into positionally or materially worse positions, irrespective of what move they choose. Each move leaves them worse for the ware until there is nothing left but the checkmate. – Adisa Banjoko
Every sin of every sinner. No one’s sins are kept away from this Lamb who was slain but lives. And like John, you are witnesses. You are put on the stand to testify to your little corner of this world. You are witnesses to Jesus – proclaiming, preparing, focusing your preaching on pointing this dying, messed up, terrorized, sin-filled world to its Savior.