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Lectionary, Quotage

All are fallen

Liturgies can be written or unwritten. All congregations have them: and in all services there has to be a time of confession. We need confession, for we are fallen, and we have sinned. If you say you have not sinned this week, you have seared your conscience, and like an orc, you are less than human.

Or we enable those who are broken, and call it good. In the end, we all rebel against this inevitable push to more and more tolerance, even the most progressive Prime Minister who the world is celebrating her child. Because we have children, and we want to protect them. We all have a law.

She smiles as the TED Talk audience greats her. But this is the wrong emotion. For she is here to tell us something horrible, something heartrending—something that should not be. (The video linked above was deleted was removed by the poster after it attracted too much negative attention. Two bootlegs have since appeared, as of this writing: one, two.)

She forces the smile into exile and begins to emote. Without a word her now sad eyes tell us she is feeling great pain. We want to share this pain.

She begins to speak. Each word seeps out softly. Her calculated poignancy is of a doctor telling a wife her husband is about to die.

“Let me you about Jonas…Jonas has a secret he can’t share with anyone. Not even with his best friend…He is just too afraid of anger, rejection, and repulsion.”

Heine does not cry, but she searches the eyes of the audience for the waterworks she so desperately wants to cause.

What is Jonas’s terrible secret?

He wants to diddle your kids.

W. M Briggs

Romans has come up again in the lectionary, and it is rich: For Paul demonstrates that none of us have kept the standards we espouse. Do not be deluded: the progressives have a religion, and its tenets are tolerance, diversity, and their motto is epater les bourgeois. Since they are generally the chatting class and thus the petit bourgeois [1]

Romans 3:9-20

9What then? Are we any better off? No, not at all; for we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under the power of sin, 10as it is written:

“There is no one who is righteous, not even one;
11there is no one who has understanding, there is no one who seeks God. 12All have turned aside, together they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, there is not even one.”
13“Their throats are opened graves; they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of vipers is under their lips.”
14“Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” 15“Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16ruin and misery are in their paths, 17and the way of peace they have not known.”
18“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

19Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20For “no human being will be justified in his sight” by deeds prescribed by the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.

You could say that I took an obvious example. One that is far beyond what is accepted. I would agree. But the progressives are whigs, and the first whig was the devil. They will never be satisfied, and what they damned they will now promote, for if righteousness is an equality they will find evil, and promote it as virtue.

The sin they rant against is inequality, but they promote it.

Here’s another observation of Whiggism: there’s no agreed upon terminal state. We can’t trace modern liberalism’s ideology to an end goal, frankly, because liberals do not strictly follow its movement’s ideological roots. This is becoming much more apparent today as prominent liberals attack the Enlightenment (once hallowed ground for Whigs) on the grounds of racism, or freedom of speech because racists and sexists should not be allowed to say racist and sexist things. This drive for justice, especially with regard to disadvantaged groups, creates an endless political raison d’être: so long as injustice can be found (real or imagined), the Whigs have a public mandate to perform whiggery.

This process is the first hurdle in coming to a terminal state. If my power depends on addressing injustice, then I must continually find and eradicate injustice–regardless of scale or outcomes. It creates blind spots toward absolute accomplishments, where we take for granted our quality of life relative to the rest of the world, and focus instead on the relative minutiae of our own microcosm. More worryingly, this motivation to find injustices is insidious, in that it incentivizes a form of rent-seeking. If you achieve power through the discovery and dismantling of inequalities, then you are necessarily incentivized to invent inequalities to maintain your power. Should you find yourself out of inequalities to equalify, you essentially lose your job and your power and status with it. Those with a taste for power find themselves reluctant to let go.

Christopher Reuenthal, Social Matter.

This has been summarized in another verse from Romans: For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. None of us are as we ought. Even the most celebrated athletes and artists know that their work and performances are imperfect. There is always room for improvement.

Most of us know that. The beginning of Romans is challenging, for it attacks our self-esteem, self-righteousness, and signals of virtue. It calls these pride, and names pride as an evil.

The fruit of the worship of pride is seen in the evil we do.

Flee such. Do not be them. Confess instead, and seek Christ, so you do not be like them.
1. I was exposed to the 4th internationale at 16, working in a freezing works. It did not take.

One Comment

  1. A western Canadian conservative / reactionary magazine back in the 90s, Alberta Report, predicted the normalization of pedophilia. It’s coming.

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