The Sign of Our Redemption

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  – Luke 2: 11-12


We are advised in Psalm 1 not to “walketh in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” With that injunction before us, let me ask a question – has there ever been a ruling elite more ungodly, more sinful, and more scornful of everything good and decent than the liberals? Of course the answer to that question is obvious – there has never been a ruling elite as evil as the modern liberals. They fit the psalmist’s description like a custom-made suit. But if it is clear that the liberals are the people the psalmist warns us about, why do the modern Europeans ignore the psalmist’s advice and submit to the rule of the liberals?

It could be that the European people submit to the liberals’ rule because the liberals have the power of life and death. They can take a man’s means of making a living from him, they can imprison him, and/or they can kill him when he opposes liberalism. Isn’t that the answer to the question, why do the modern Europeans not oppose their liberal rulers? No, it is not the answer. We cannot, considering how powerful the liberals have become, expect one individual or a few individuals to launch a military counterattack on the liberals, but we should expect, if the European people were still Christian, to see signs of internal dissent. We should see signs that the European people do not accept liberalism. The liberals could not have established complete ascendancy in the European nations if the European people had not given their internal assent to liberalism. And that is the tragedy of modern Europe – the European people have not, in their hearts, turned against liberalism.

Let me put the tragedy before the reader’s eyes by relating an incident from my childhood. I and a half dozen friends in our preteen years, 11 or 12 years of age, were playing basketball at a public court when a group of high school kids came and told us to leave the court. This had happened before – might makes right on the playground – but since my team was winning and the game was almost over, I asked the high school kids to wait until we finished. They refused to wait, but I stubbornly refused to leave the court, which was very foolish. The leader of the high schoolers proceeded – for want of a better description – to beat the hell out of me. Fortunately, this was a dispute between white kids, so I was not beaten to death, but I was forced, literally and figuratively, to eat dirt and concede defeat. But I never gave internal assent to the high schoolers; I didn’t believe they had the right to force us from the court.

The liberals have the European people on the ground eating dirt just as the high school bully had me on the ground eating dirt. There is no shame involved if you are beaten by overwhelming force, but there is shame involved, and something worse – dishonor and disgrace – if you give internal assent to your enemies and lay in the dirt, saying and believing that your punishment is well-deserved and if you are ever allowed up and out of the dirt you will promise to never do anything that forces the liberals to place their collective foot on your neck and grind your face into the dirt.

Now, my playground example is not an exact copy of the European tragedy. The liberals do have their collective foot on the culture of the antique Europeans and on all the white people who defend that culture. But not every white grazer is made, at least not directly, to eat dirt. Most of the white grazers stand by and watch while other whites, whites who try to oppose liberalism, eat dirt. The white grazers are in the position of my school chums, who stood by while I was beaten. But my school chums were better than the modern white grazers. They thought I was stupid to oppose the high schoolers, but they didn’t think I was in the wrong. They had not given internal assent to the bullies. The white grazers have given internal assent to the liberals. They believe that white South Africans and all other ‘racist’ whites deserve what they get and that the black savage is indeed noble. And that is a tragedy. We must recover our honor by refusing to give internal assent to liberalism or we shall stand disgraced before our ancestors and our God. We all die, we can’t control that. But we can control whether we die at one with God or at odds with God, at odds with God because we have walked in the counsel of the ungodly, stood in the way of sinners, and sat in the seats of the scornful.

The internal assent to liberalism, which is from the devil, was given by the European people at the time of the French Revolution. Burke, with unparalleled passion, a passion stemming from white pietas, and with great eloquence, an eloquence only exceeded by Shakespeare, turned all but the most ardent European liberals against Robespierre and his butchers. But he was unable to turn the European intelligentsia against democracy as a new system of manners and customs designed to replace, in the European people’s hearts, the customs and manners of Christian Europe. The story of the European people ever since the French Revolution has been the story of a terrible, horrifying descent into hell. Under the mantle of democracy, the devil became the ruler of the European nations. And once he conquered Europe, he conquered the world, because he has always held the colored nations in the palm of his hand.

There was always a Greek contingent that thought the Christ story was foolishness and a Hebrew contingent that considered the Christ story a stumbling block, lurking on the fringes of Christian Europe. Those two forces ultimately had more in common with the colored heathens than they had with the Christian Europeans. And it was through the democratic process that the pagan Greek intellectuals and the recalcitrant Jewish Pharisees and Sadducees managed to join with the colored heathens and place the Christian Europeans on the fringes of Europe while the liberals took over the vital center of Europe.

The Old Testament, the Gospels, the letters of St. Paul and the other apostles present us with a fairy tale vision of the living God. The European people, the ‘barbarians’ who conquered Rome, accepted the fairy tale vision of Christianity. But the men of intellect, the European intelligentsia, which in the beginning consisted almost entirely of clergymen and then later extended to a whole class of secular academics, were always ashamed of fairy tale Christianity. They were tainted with the dwarfs’ fear of being fooled:

Aslan raised his head and shook his mane. Instantly a glorious feast appeared on the Dwarfs’ knees: pies and tongues and pigeons and trifles and ices, and each Dwarf had a goblet of good wine in his right hand. But it wasn’t much use. They began eating and drinking greedily enough, but it was clear that they couldn’t taste it properly. They thought they were eating and drinking only the sort of things you might find in a stable. One said he was trying to eat hay and another said he had got a bit of an old turnip and a third said he’d found a raw cabbage leaf. And they raised golden goblets of rich red wine to their lips and said “Ugh! Fancy drinking dirty water out of a trough that a donkey’s been at! Never thought we’d come to this.” But very soon every Dwarf began suspecting that every other Dwarf had found something nicer than he had, and they started grabbing and snatching, and went on to quarreling, till in a few minutes there was a free fight and all the good food was smeared on their faces and clothes or trodden under foot. But when at last they sat down to nurse their black eyes and their bleeding noses, they all said:

“Well, at any rate there’s no Humbug here. We haven’t let anyone take us in. The Dwarfs are for the Dwarfs.”

“You see,” said Aslan. “They will not let us help them. They have chosen cunning instead of belief. Their prison is only in their own minds, yet they are in that prison, and so afraid of being taken in that they cannot be taken out.”

-C. S. Lewis, The Last Battle

And they were also tainted with the Parisians’ fear of being considered stupid: “In Paris, when they want to disparage a man, they say: ‘He has a good heart.’ The phrase means: ‘The poor fellow is as stupid as a rhinoceros.’.” (Balzac, Eugenie Grandet) The democratic wars of the late 1700s up to World War I were wars to establish the new-old coalition of pagan intellectuals, unrepentant Jews, and colored heathens over the Europeans, who believed in His kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.

World War I marked the end of Christian Europe. Throughout the 20th century you could still see the beautiful remnants of the European fairy tale. And you could still see the beautiful remnants for the same reason that a profligate son who has spent over half of his billion dollar inheritance still appears to be rich. But the Christian capital has now been spent. World War II was a war between three unchristian –isms – democratism, communism, and Nazism. Which was worse? All three were and are united in their hostility to the Christian fairy tale.

The lie that liberals and conservatives have been putting out for centuries is that the dawning of the democratic era of European history was the dawning of a new age of light. That democracy equals light and old non-democratic Europe represents darkness is a given in the modern world. Liberals, who hate everything white and Christian, should view the democratic era of European history from that perspective. But why do professed Christians still cling to a messianic faith in the democratic process? Why do they continue to equate all things democratic with goodness and light when it is obvious that democracy has produced the ungodly, sinful liberals who mock and scorn the cross of Christ?

The modern Christians accept democracy and all its attendant evils because they have only an intellectual faith. They have not given Him their hearts. They will complain about certain aspects of liberalism, but they will never oppose liberalism itself, because they think liberalism is light and European Christianity is darkness. But what our people, the antique Europeans, bore witness to is true. We can walk on water if we believe in Him alone, or we can try to blend His word with the principles of democratic liberalism and drown in the sea. There is no third way. The European people are drowning because they have not repudiated liberalism in their hearts.

The angel of the Lord told the shepherds that He, the Christ child, would be “a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” When conservatives stop pointing to other democracies where the democratic cancer is not as severe as in the Western nations as our exemplars, but point instead to the dear, dear land of storybooks, to nondemocratic Europe, when Christian women stop calling themselves Christian Feminists, and when white pietas is not condemned as ‘racist,’ then and only then will the European people become what they were meant to be – the advocates for and the protector of His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.

Christmas still has an impact on the European people, but it cannot be just one moment of nostalgia or one tiny acknowledgement of a cute little story. The Christ story was at the center of our non-democratic ancestors’ culture; it was not subordinate to the democratic process of the liberals. The liberals’ brave New World has had its day. Do we really want to “walketh with the ungodly, standeth in the way of sinners, and sitteth in the seat of the scornful”? That is not the way, or at least it should not be the way of the Europeans. We do not belong to the city of democracy and liberalism. We belong to His city: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”+

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