I have to thank Vox Day for linking to this, which I hope is satire. Because if it is not, then Christ is honoured in what is supposed to be his church as much as he was in the synagogue in Nazareth. We have lost our sense. We have conflated the role of the church and the role of the magistrate.
And we have forgotten the law is there as a severe rule, to confront the sinner, so that they repent. To allow a sinner to further damn himself is not love, but institutionalized hate. For if this is not satire, then the author hates Christ and all his works.
The clue to the satire is at the beginning, when the author stops embroidering an Angelou poem to tweet #disgust and write this screed. But it is hard to tell now. Hard to tell.
But might not this bring tragedy to our non-Christian neighbors? Unfortunately it might, but then we can point them to the peace of Christ and the transience of this world. Who are our neighbors after all? Everyone, equally everyone, without distinction or categorization. The MS-13 neighbor has just as much infinite dignity as your non-MS-13 neighbor. Who deserves more justice, you might ask. Well, have we received what we deserve from God? As Christians equally saved by the mercy of God in Christ, how can we extend unequal mercy? As followers of Christ, we cannot pick and choose who gets more justice and mercy. And anyway, if for example a non-Christian loses a spouse by MS-13 violence, we can comfort them with a book on the gift of singleness by my friend who also writes for my website. Like the black backdrop that only makes the stars shine brighter, all their violence merely opens doors for hospitality and Christian good works. As Bonhoeffer said, “Thus the call to follow Christ always means a call to share the work of forgiving men their sins. Forgiveness is the Christlike suffering which it is the Christian’s duty to bear.” The more we suffer, the more grace and love and good deeds we can extend—the more we can show Christ to the world.
But don’t we have a duty to maintain good civil order? Let me ask you, when was the last time any of my friends and I considered the relationship of Christian witness to civil order? To be perfectly honest (and a bit more analytical than I’m comfortable with), doing what the state does to ensure civil order would simply undermine the upper-tier level of our morality that witnesses the greatness of the gospel. The institutional church, as the visible and eternal kingdom of God on earth, is eternal and therefore above the fallen, temporal state institutions. The Church serves a higher function–a Gospel function. We are the ambassadors for Christ’s visible reign on earth. The Church follows the Law of Christ–the Law of Grace–not the fallen principles of the natural and fallen civil society. Seek first the the kingdom of God and do not concern yourselves with the natural (fallen) consequences of your obedience to grace. As Andrew Walker, an ethicist at the ERLC, recently said, “Your primary responsibility is to represent the gospel with credibility. Let whatever happens, good or bad, proceed from that reality.”
It is true that permitting MS-13 in our country would place a burden on the state. But isn’t this a small price to pay for the great public demonstration of our moral witness, a witness that, while state-dependent, would be a grand display of our gospel weakness?
P.J. Somersault, Chronicles
It is not love to let the reaver in, and say that having your neighbours house robbed and your daughters despoiled is acceptable. The elite, protesting such, have guards and walls: bishops of liberal false churches included. If this is not peak hypocrisy, it is peak virtue signaling.
And note this: the synagogue of Nazareth did not attach Christ’s message. They attacked him. They ashed who made him specail. They wanted their carpenter back.
53When Jesus had finished these parables, he left that place.
54He came to his hometown and began to teach the people in their synagogue, so that they were astounded and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these deeds of power? 55Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?” 57And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor except in their own country and in their own house.” 58And he did not do many deeds of power there, because of their unbelief.
The author of this screed is a member of the Gospel Alliance, who seem to be into a multiethnic church that the pagans will praise for it looks virtuous but is useless. In such, the Christ who said he came to the Jews is an embarrassment, and the parallel text we have today where Paul and the Apostles send him to evangelize non Jews while they work in the more stony ground of Judaism is an offence. For we should all be one.
But we are in nations, and this is good.
We need to defend our neighbours; this is the work of the men, the militia, the night patrol. Our example should be the Moravians, whose young men patrolled the streets, praying as they did so.
And note this. Christ left Nazareth alone. He left.
And if we do not honour him, he will leave our congregations to converge, and worship the idols of this age. Do not let that. Repent. Choose Christ.
And do not be like them.