Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered!
Christ is risen from the dead,
trampling down death by death,
and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
~ TODAY IS THE TRUE FOUNDATION of all we enjoy in our Western civilization. The resurrection of Christ from the dead: the reversal of death, and the conquest of sin, death, and hell. Easter is God’s yes to mankind in Christ, and the undying and almighty fountain of eternal life arising in each believing heart and in the world God so loves, to redeem all things.
Nothing can arise from empty nothing– effects need causes: that’s basic science, and metaphysics. A civilization grows from roots and soil and water and some originating idea. So from the ashes of Rome arose Christendom, Western civilization out of barbarian Europe as she was converted by missionaries, and as the redeeming of the past began, good things handed on, built up, reassembled in new patterns.
Saith Teh Steyn
In his best-selling America Alone, Mark Steyn takes aim at his own Anglican roots, as the example of a church currently de-Christifying and unchurching itself into utter irrelevance. The bleeding-edge modernist Anglicans are living examples of trying to live and preach nothing, and thereby contributing to the decline of the very civilization, faith, and freedoms founded on authentic Christianity. Those who marry the spirit of the age will find themselves quickly turned into whores and hirelings.
There’s a reason why Western Anglicanism– and U.S. Episcopalianism– is the fastest-dying denomination in the world, because most of her leadership is keeping up with the latest heresies, worldly fads, plus bending the knee to sharia supremacism and militant Marxist utopianism. White flags all around, do reduce, reuse, and recycle.. and please don’t hurt us we’re harmless. Yup, real inspiring stuff.
Easter Vs. Death-Cult
We moderns are the children of Europe– both in her Christian and then blood-soaked utopian forms. That war is at the heart of our current struggles and uncertainties: can we have a Western Civilization without the living Jesus Christ and his Empty Tomb? Can the hidden inner life of our society be spiritually empty, filled with dreams of various perfect societies on our own terms, or is that ultimately a death-wish?
1800 years 0f an imperfect but life-giving and redeeming Christian Civilization overagainst bloody secularity tells this observer of history and the human heart that nothing comes from nothing, and that a dark nothingness comes from believing and being anchored in nothing other than our own small goodness, or making heaven on earth, or wishing we could have the gifts of God without bothering with God himself.
We Got Choices To Make
Since citizens are Christians or not, religion cannot be privatized, hidden under a basket, or kept muzzled and safe. The redeeming of the West begins in each human heart, because real people can transform the world. Secularity wants obedient cogs, and Muhammed wanted slaves– but Christ Jesus has called us friends— and shown the great love of laying down his life for his friends, and rising to take up his life again, and sharing that eternal life with his friends– which makes us neither cogs nor slaves but actual partakers of and participants in the divine nature itself [ II Peter 1:3-4 ]. It’s an astonishing claim, and if true, the root of all things.
Equally, those who call themselves Christians are called by Christ and his resurrection to renew their own faith if they would renew society, and be salt and light in the rot and darkness of the world. A godless society is destined for coggery or slavery, no matter how we squirm or scheme, and whether we like it or not.
Which Things? All Things!
The risen Jesus says “Behold: I make all things new” [ Rev 21:5 ] — for Our heavenly Father has laid no other foundation than His Son for the redeeming of the world and the transforming of human hearts and the remaking and transforming of the world, by the life-giving Holy Spirit. For the coggers, that means we can have a true Kingdom.. and for the slavers, that we may have a Lord to serve. However, it requires faith, and hope and love and putting up with sin and imperfection and the ‘Not yet’ of this world.. yet all in the light of the resurrection.
Happy Easter from us and ours, and every blessing on you and yours this Eastertide!
Around 1600 years ago Blessed John Chrysostom the Patriarch of Constantinople preached the best Paschal (Easter) sermon ever. It’s used around the world to this day in Orthodox Churches for their celebrations, and it’s worth reproducing in full, below. He says it all infinitely beter than I ever could, which is why he was named ‘the golden-tongue’ or Chrysostom.
- If anyone is devout and a lover of God, let them enjoy this beautiful and radiant festival.
- If anyone is a grateful servant, let them, rejoicing, enter into the joy of his Lord.
- If anyone has wearied themselves in fasting, let them now receive recompense.
- If anyone has laboured from the first hour, let them today receive the just reward.
- If anyone has come at the third hour, with thanksgiving let them feast.
- If anyone has arrived at the sixth hour, let them have no misgivings; for they shall suffer no loss.
- If anyone has delayed until the ninth hour, let them draw near without hesitation.
- If anyone has arrived even at the eleventh hour, let them not fear on account of tardiness.
- For the Master is gracious and receives the last even as the first; he gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour, just as to him who has laboured from the first.
- He has mercy upon the last and cares for the first; to the one he gives, and to the other he is gracious.
- He both honours the work and praises the intention.
- Enter all of you, therefore, into the joy of our Lord, and, whether first or last, receive your reward.
- O rich and poor, one with another, dance for joy!
- O you ascetics and you negligent, celebrate the day!
- You that have fasted and you that have disregarded the fast, rejoice today!
- The table is rich-laden; feast royally, all of you!
- The calf is fatted; let no one go forth hungry!
- Let all partake of the feast of faith. Let all receive the riches of goodness.
- Let no one lament their poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed.
- Let no one mourn their transgressions, for pardon has dawned from the grave.
- Let no one fear death, for the Saviour’s death has set us free.
- He that was taken by death has annihilated it!
- He descended into Hades and took Hades captive!
- He embittered it when it tasted his flesh! And anticipating this Isaiah exclaimed: “Hades was embittered when it encountered thee in the lower regions“.
- It was embittered, for it was abolished!
- It was embittered, for it was mocked!
- It was embittered, for it was purged!
- It was embittered, for it was despoiled!
- It was embittered, for it was bound in chains!
- It took a body and came upon God!
- It took earth and encountered heaven!
- It took what it saw but crumbled before what it had not seen!
- O death, where is thy sting? O Hades, where is thy victory?
- Christ is risen, and you are overthrown!
- Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
- Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
- Christ is risen, and life reigns!
- Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in a tomb!
- For Christ, being raised from the dead, has become the first-fruits of them that slept.
- To him be glory and might unto ages of ages. Amen.