Saturday, June 25, 2016
What Is Liberty?
Jesus Christ has set us at liberty to do what love demands. There is no other liberty. That is the sole purview of liberty, that is doing what love demands.
I had a conversation with a bitter Libertarian today. A rabid Trump hater. The Libertarians in America have constructed a mythology of the Golden Age of American Liberty, the age of the founders, and they trumpet the broken and flawed document of the American Constitution, a document that said some men were only 3/5th human, as if that document were inspired by God. Some conservatives deluded by the Christian Dominionist Movement actually make the claim that the U.S. Constitution was inspired by God. But let us be clear, If it was, that god was Moloch, because 80 years later it took the sacrifice of more than Seven Hundred Thousand men to redact the document and change that 3/5th of a man, to a whole human being.
Before you curse me for the sake of your own mythology, let me share with you that Christianity is the cure of superstitions and false mythologies. In the glaring light of history the U.S. Constitution was a gravely flawed document.
A simple question, what did it take to set it right? The simple answer, Seven Hundred Thousand Men WILLING TO DIE.
We sit on our comfortable couches tweeting and facebooking about Liberty, and this year hundreds of thousands of people have braved many hours in extreme weather, and fair weather, waiting to attend political rallies, standing and cheering for renewed Liberty, to restore the rule of law and yes, making a new commitment to do what love demands, the hard work of Liberty. Considering the many years of collective apathy, THIS IS REALLY SOMETHING. (And I am referencing both Trump and Sanders crowds.)
But please understand something. There is no Golden Age to which we may return. When you seek the good you don't take hold of the plow and look backwards. Jesus said that himself - "He who puts his hand to the plow and looks backwards is unfit for the Kingdom of God." WE have to take the realities of this harsh world into account, and move forward, as Saint Paul said, "straining towards what lies ahead" and in love, do the things that are life engendering. Even if we have to die to do it.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Christian Martyr of WWII, who first rebuked the NAZIS to their faces in a large meeting of German Clergy where ALL except a few, accepted the antichrist, and turned their Churches into NAZI propaganda organs, removing the symbols of Christ and substituting the symbols of National Socialism and Luciferian Mythology. One German friend told me of the experience in Germany, where one Sunday things were as normal, and the next week they arrived to find a Swastika having replaced the Cross of Christ on CHRIST's Altar! "I left the week before a Christian and returned the next week to discover we were all NAZIS now." Rev Bonhoeffer rebuked them to their faces. He then went underground to survive, to reemerge with a false identity and almost succeeded in killing Hitler. Arrested and placed in a concentration camp, he said, "When Christ calls a man, he bids him, come and die." I submit to you that Bonhoeffer's rebuke of the NAZIS was an act of love. I submit to you that Bonhoeffer's attempted assassination of Hitler was an act of love. I submit to you that his ministry inside the Concentration Camp, to both the guards and the prisoners was an act of love. I submit his walk to his execution was an act of love. When we do what LOVE demands it can take many appearances.
Someone sent me an article today, telling about the national meeting of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A, bowing to antichrist and engaging in Islamic Prayer at their opening ceremonies, their prayer actually lead by an Imam. (LINK go to minute 14:00 of the video of the opening ceremony.) There were no Dietrich Bonhoeffers there at that meeting, NONE to stand and rebuke them and proclaim the truth of Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone. None willing to say, "Come let us worship Christ HIMSELF, our King and our God." None willing to stand and say, "the overarching heresy of this age is Ecumenism, because if it is right, then Christianity must be wrong. IT then is the over-arching TRUTH, greater than Mohammad, Buddha, Lao Tsu, and Jesus. But this is not Christianity. Jesus Christ did not say, "I have found the truth, let me tell you about it." As Mohammad, Buddha, Joseph Smith and others have claimed. NO, rather Jesus Christ said, "I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life" (the only life).
What was it that Saint Paul said about the Judaizers? Oh yes, I remember, "I wish they would mutilate themselves." And that was an expression of love. WOW, Fr S. what are you saying? I am saying that I hope these antichrist Presbyterians, willing to MOCK Jesus Christ and bow to Mohammad . . . will soon experience the complete reality of Islam. And that is a statement of Love, also. AS Saint Paul was saying, in other words, "Better for them to harm themselves than continue to spread their poison."
"Turn such a one over to Satan for the destruction of the body, that his soul may be saved for eternity."
Archpriest Symeon Elias.