Tuesday, January 12, 2016

More from the FSA

Fred Reed (if that's his real name) has an article at his blog entitled A Nation of Fly Larvae: Obama and Gun Control (h/t David Codrea and the War on Guns. Reed's premise is that Obama commits lawless acts with impunity because no one wants to stop him, for fear of being called names. He is, of course, absolutely correct. Reed:
Who is this President? How did we get him? Does he have anything in common with me? Is there anything even American about him? He is an African of Islamo-Indonesian culture, deeply hostile to America and white people and ruling with a dictatorial style more like that of Shaka Zulu than Thomas Jefferson.
A President with brass balls—and god knows Hussein Obama has them—can do anything with an executive order. Anything. And we obey. “Yass, Bwana. What you say, Bwana.” Gun control? No problem. The Constitution? Say what? Wars anywhere and everywhere? Congress can read about them in the papers. It is astonishing.

More correctly, the European population–pale, white, feeble things wriggling like fly grubs in the corruption of a putrefying body politic—obey. Blacks and Moslems do not allow themselves to be pushed around. They are, whatever else they are, virile. They look to be history’s winners. Though not civilization’s.
Reed puts it out there, and is anything but politically correct, but his analysis is nonetheless spot on.

Fay Voshell has a different angle, one that comes from a theological point of view, but in the end each, Reed and Voshell are reaching the same destination. That destination is that if civilization is to survive, those of us who value it must ultimately be willing to lay down our lives to save it, because the evil currently stalking the land will not surrender on its own, and will not be appeased.

You can find her article at the American Thinker entitled Buy A Sword, a reference to Jesus admonishment to the Disciples in Luke 22:36.  Voshell starts off writing about the Honso Masamune, the legendary Samarai sword that could supposedly split light, but that could only be used to defend the innocent. Then she talks about the other extreme, the swords of Sengo Masamura, which did great evil.  What she is getting at here is that weapons have always been used by those seeking to defend civilization, and by those seeking to burn it down.  That becomes explicit when Voshell writes:
The idea was that the struggle between good and evil was inherent in the cosmic order, that there was something mysteriously and inherently virtuous about a weapon dedicated to the worthy pursuit of good, the protection of the innocent and the preservation of a just and righteous societal order.

There was a comprehension in the societies that revered the weapons and those who wielded them not as mere actors in the realpolitik of the age, though the reality of earthly politics and skullduggery was and is always present wherever weapons are found; but as fighters allied with the cosmic war between good and evil. There was something beyond mere heroics and posturing. There were real heroes whose combat pointed to a warfare transcending the earthly battles in which mortals were engaged.

In other words, the sword can be associated with the sovereignty of the Kingdom of God and wielded for righteousness or it can be linked, as Marasuma’s swords, to satanic evil of total and wanton destruction. If only Marasuma’s swords prevail, evil wins every time. But if heroes employ the sword to protect and defend the innocent, evil is defeated.
The struggle, whether to do evil or the will of God, is always present in each of us, and whether we carry a Honso Masamune or a Sengo Masamura depends on which side of that struggle we find ourselves. Those who seek to disarm us seek to take the weapon out of our hands, as though the weapon itself somehow forces the hand of the user. The ancient Samarai spent a lot of time training in the use of their weapons and studying war, but the also spent a lot of time meditating on their religion, Zen Buddhism. No doubt, the Paladins of the middle ages did the same thing.  That was important, because the weapons they carried were neutral, neither good or bad.  It was, rather, the intent of the user that made both the Honso Masamune or the Sengo Masamura.

In our own age, there has come into the Church a belief that the proper interpretation of Jesus is as a divine wimp.  The Divine Wimp would never hurt a fly, was gentle with everyone, and can't we all just get along?  But this misses a lot of Jesus teachings.  The same Jesus who wouldn't hurt a fly overturned the tables of the money changers and cursed the fig tree.

Jesus was, in all likelihood, a strong, virile man, a manly man as we would now say.  Could a Divine Wimp attract so many women to his cause?  Really?  Could a Divine Wimp attract a bunch of burly, uncouth fishermen?  He had grown up a builder, hauling heavy stones working 12 hours a day.  I think he was both verbally and physically attractive.  He also, no doubt had a sharp wit, a quick mind, a memory for detail, and was very charismatic.  He knew about all sorts of things that people do, such as farming, baking bread, and he knew how business was conducted.  He had either observed them, perhaps talking with the people who did them, or had engaged in them himself.  Being a man, no doubt he had to struggle with his own inner demons, just as everyone else does.

As Christians, we need to reclaim the full picture of Jesus and his teaching.  We need to train, and to carry weapons which will serve as the Honso Masamune of our age, and be prepared to defend not just ourselves and our loved ones, but our congregations if need be.  We must be gentle as lambs, but sly as foxes.  The evil that is now spreading over this land will not be appeased.  We must be ready to take a stand.  Whose side will you be standing on?

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