Our Hope in Ages Past

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. –John 16: 33

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Let me start with some observations on the coronavirus crisis. First, Trump did try to do something to prevent the spread of the virus. On January 30, he instituted a ban on travel to and from China. What happened immediately afterwards? Biden said Trump’s decision was, “hysterical xenophobia … and fear-mongering,” exaggerating the danger of the virus and picking on the nice, benevolent Chinese communists. Yet now Biden tells us that he and his liberal cohorts are the people who should lead us out of the crisis. If we follow the timeline, we can see that as the coronavirus was spreading, the Democrats were so busy trying to impeach Trump that they had no time to spend on the problem of the coronavirus. They are people with one priority, the same priority as the demons who went over the cliff with the swine.

Secondly, I have no desire to get the virus, nor do I want any of my family members to get the virus. I don’t think the disease is a particularly funny topic, but humor, of the right kind, can be a catharsis. I highly recommend a music video that my daughter played for me by a country singer named Buddy Brown. He did us all a service by allowing us to laugh at the virus. The video is a kind of exorcism.

Now, back to a more sober aspect of the coronavirus crisis. What the crisis drives home to me is the fact that there is no Christian presence left in the liberal elites of the European nations. When the Italians just leave their elderly who are infected with the virus to die without medical treatment, because it is not cost-effective to treat them, and when politicians such as Biden cannot put partisan politics aside and rally around a leader who is trying to reduce the suffering of his people, you can see past the thin veil of the liberals’ feigned humanity to their satanic core. The liberals who love to pontificate about their concern for humanity, and Pope Francis is one of the worst of the liberals, actually hate individual human beings. The ‘open borders’ Pope does not care about the people who are being and will be destroyed by open borders. He and his liberal cohorts in crime only care about the sign of their election — they are the intelligent ones who have gone beyond the boundaries of fear, prejudice, and superstition. They are not prejudiced against Orientals, blacks, or any other stranger; the only danger in their eyes are white people who believe that the European people should have a homeland that is theirs and theirs alone.

Will this crisis change the liberals’ views on open borders and diversity? No, it won’t. The liberals have committed themselves to a new religion, a religion without mercy, without love, and without that charity of honor. Such creatures must always support that which is opposed to Christ’s reign of charity. And Christ’s reign of charity begins in a non-diverse home and extends to a non-diverse village and nation. Have we ever seen a diverse Christian nation? No, we have not. Diversity dilutes love. In order to truly love, we must love with an intensity and passion greater than the generic love of the liberal purveyors of diversity. We must love much, we must love our Lord, and we must love our people in and through our Savior. Is it just a coincidence that the greatest proponent of diversified love, Francis the blasphemer, resides in a nation that has treated the coronavirus victims just as inhumanely as communist China has treated her victims? Quite probably it is a coincidence, but it is not a coincidence that the new religion of diversity, the religion of diversified love, is a religion with no room for the one particular God of love or for the people who once championed that God of love.

What about the white grazers? Will this coronavirus crisis shake their faith in the liberal elite? My anecdotal evidence, which I have gathered while standing in grocery store lines caused by the liberals’ cries of “panic, panic, doom, doom!” is that the grazers no longer believe in the liberal elite. That doesn’t mean they believe in Walter Scott’s Christian Europe, but they no longer believe that the liberals, represented by the liberal news media and the Democratic Party, are the people to turn to in a crisis. They do not believe the Democrats’ spin, “It is Trumps’ fault.” They believe this is a crisis caused by the Democrats and perpetuated by the media. Does that mean the white grazers are poised to reject liberalism? No, it does not. It simply means that the white grazers are in limbo; they are uncertain about the future, or should I say their future, but they still believe that intelligent people do not believe in the poetic of old Europe, and that is a tragedy. The European grazers are still not ready to answer Dostoevsky’s question, “Can an intelligent man, a European, believe in the divinity of Christ,” with an unequivocal, “Yes.” Man’s first fall from grace was grounded in the pride of intellect – the devil told Adam and Eve they were too intelligent to believe that eating from the tree of the forbidden fruit would kill them. And the Europeans’ second fall from grace was grounded in the pride of intellect as well: “We are too intelligent to believe in the fairy tale of Christ’s birth, crucifixion, and resurrection from the dead.” Thus the fear of being thought stupid, of being unscientific, doth make practical atheists of the European people. They are too intelligent to leave Liberaldom, despite the fact that Liberaldom is becoming increasingly uncomfortable for them, because they do not want to be numbered among the stupid people who are, according to the liberals, surely damned. But didn’t our Lord, before He left this earth, warn us that the liberals, the creatures of ‘this world only,’ would hate us?

These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.John 15: 17

Dickens asks, in Great Expectations, why human beings always seek the respect of the people they most despise. Why indeed? Isn’t the answer to that question rooted in our pride of intellect? And isn’t our conquest of that pride our salvation? We can’t love much and be forgiven if we are too smart to kneel before His Holy Cross and ask for His forgiveness. The devils in Matthew 8 sought to escape from Christ, so they asked to enter the swine, which promptly went headlong over the cliff. The liberals are devils; they are determined to go over the cliff with the swine. If the European grazers will not divorce themselves from the liberal devils, they too will go over the cliff with the demon-possessed liberal swine.

Irwin Cobb, author of the marvelous Judge Priest stories that describe, with humor and love, the people of the old South in the era just after the Civil War, wrote a very telling remark about the Gospel of Christ in his autobiography. He said the Gospel was a sublime book, but it was impractical to live your life by it. That has been, and continues to be, the attitude of the conservatives in church and state. They give a nod to Christianity the religion, and then they return to the Greek philosophers, to abstract reason, when they want to “solve” the problems of life. But the one great problem of life cannot be solved by the philosophers, the purveyors of abstract reason: We must die. That is what makes the problem of life insoluble. Sophocles’ indictment of the philosophers is correct: “Better never to have been born,” if there is no Redeemer. To live outside of His love is pure hell. The wisdom of the worldly-minded conservatives is that we should live with their wisdom, the philosophers, in this world, and then at the hour of our death we should call on Him. But that type of philosophy undercuts the Gospel of Christ and Christ’s personally anointed spokesman, St. Paul. “Through Christ and in Christ,” was St. Paul’s passionate response to the problem of life on this earth. St. Paul saw that Christ stood alone before the terrible horror of death, and He did not waver in His faith, because He and His father were one. It is “practical” to live “through Christ and in Christ,” on this earth. It is the only practical course to follow.

St. Stephen seemed impractical; it was sheer folly to defy the rulers of the synagogue, wasn’t it? Well, he did die, but he was given a vision of the risen Lord: “I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God.” The liberals have not eliminated the tragedy of life, they have increased the suffering in this world one thousand-fold because they have “pragmatized” the care of the elderly, the infirm, and the children in the womb: They kill them, because it is practical. And they have left us spiritually bereft of our Comforter, the Holy Ghost, who bids us turn to Him in life and death.

I have a cousin, a mad-dog liberal, who works with people who are at death’s door. Over her lifetime in that profession she has observed that people with faith are much better off in the face of death than those without faith, but that observation has not given her faith in Christ, because she is “too smart” to believe in fairy tales. You cannot become a Christian for practical reasons. You must feel that Christ is in you and you are in Him. The connection between our kith and kin and our God, which the Dream of the Rood poet and William Shakespeare in “Sonnet 31” speak of is something that we have lost as a people. Eric Voegelin, the Platonist, is referenced in conservative anthologies a thousand times more than St. Paul. But there is a wisdom of the heart, the circumcised heart, that tells us to listen to our blood. If we go back, if we join with our European ancestors, in spirit and blood, we will be one with them and with Him.

As I stated at the outset, I do not want to contract the coronavirus. I am not going to stand at the dock as the cruise ships come in and embrace coronavirus-infected Jewish millionaires as they leave the cruise ship. Nor do I want my family members, my friends, or even the liberals to contract the coronavirus. But in the end, whether it is the coronavirus or some other illness that gets us, we are going to die. So the larger question is – are we going to die in Christ’s loving embrace or are we going to die within the satanic embrace of liberalism? The most serious illness of all is the one that kills the soul as well as the body. And that illness is liberalism. The coronavirus is being trumpeted as something more that it is, a flu, because of the satanic nature of the liberals. Everything must be used for the destruction of His reign of charity. When the coronavirus dies out, there will be other plagues that the liberals will use to try and make us turn our souls over to them in exchange for a plague-free existence. Don’t believe them. They are the plague we should worry about, and His people, the people of old Europe, knew the antidote for that plague: “In Him and through Him. +

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