WHICH IS WORSE? Rebellion, or Blind Obedience? Or, is there another way?
In Tolkien’s story, times are dark and dire– Éomer son of Éomund, Third Marshal of the Riddermark– one of the great Captains of Rohan and nephew to the King– has seemingly gone rogue, to fight the enemies of Rohan as he sees fit. That’s the merest start of the woes.
To the North-West, the dark pinnacle of Isengard stands, surrounded by armies of huge mutant orcs, evil men, giant wolves, and the darkened powers of the fallen wizard Saruman. Rohan’s neioghbour is preparing for war on that kingdom.
To the East and South, mighty land of Mordor broods under Sauron’s cruel domination, his countless forces massing for an assault on Gondor– last bastion of the West and of all free peoples– then to fill all the lands with a second darkness. Doom will soon fall.
Worst of all, the king himself, Théoden King son of Thengel, a seeming lesser son of greater rulers, sits bowed and cowed, listening to the poisoned words of Isengard and Mordor via his usurping advisor, Grima Wormtongue. All faithful folk of the Rohirrim wait, and suffer, and hope for they know not what.
What then shall we say of Captain Éomer? Faithless traitor? #NotMyKing perhaps? Seeking his uncle’s crown? Enemy of Rohan and the King and the official direction of officialdom? So says Master Wormtongue into the King’s ear.
So the U.S. is currently embroiled in what amounts to an attempted coup d’etat– the Left-wing establishment & media are seeking to effectively un-elect the new president, because he’s not one of them. He’s a bad, bad, evil man, a traitor, an icky, and anything is more “truly” loyal than observing the rule of law, or respecting results of a democratic vote by the American public. Heaven knows, those who oppose you must be enemies of all things decent and right or are you an enemy, too?
The current U.S. crisis– as driven by radicals– gives a bad name to bullshit & nonsense. Yet all this is very serious, and not to be dismissed as some kind of insane joke.
We moderns love the advice of Jim Morrison & The Doors to “break on through to the other side“, and spent centuries now– since the European Protestant Deformation and the French Devolution– imagining ourselves as virtuous and innocent rebels against The Evil Them. All are shaped and entangled in this revolution, whether we are herd-minded, or cheering the revolt directly.
What is less common is a noble political, religious, and principled position of Loyal Opposition, if the times demand it: to have a sense of abiding right and wrong, of the good and true, beyond the momentary tug of war of the present, the misrule of rulers, and to abide faithful even in difficult circumstances. How to be good when the times are evil? How do we stay faithful if the government is bad, or the king is mad, or traitorous to his people?
The weakness of Rohan has had a cost. Éomer is caught between two obediences: his loyalty and his duty. For war marches on Rohan, but no orders come from the indecisive throne; orcs raid and plunder and kill the helpless farm-folk in Rohan, yet “Indeed in this riding north I went without the king’s leave”.*
How shall duty and loyalty and truth and love and hope serve in the seeming chaos? How shall we judge and be sure of anything? Tolkien writes—
‘As he ever has judged,’ said Aragorn. ‘Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another among Men. It is a man’s part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house.’
As in pre-Norman England, the battle is not between blind obedience to authority, or a chaotic popular revolution. The English sought one obedience, but defined in two ways– (a) Liberty Under Law, and (b) Freedom Under Faith. Without both parts of each, neither will be enough.
Lawless liberty cannot make a lasting society; Law without freedom is slavery. Likewise, faithless freedom tends towards chaos, for God is the greatest lawgiver, and saviour of mens souls and bodies; faith without freedom is cultish and demeans the faithful, and is not Christ’s way.
See Ya, Yahweh!
Each society, each soul, each age will fight the same battle, in different forms and garb. What is new since the Revolting Age is the attempt to live, legislate, and rule under freedom from faith, where man– or at least the ruling class and its guns & thugs and bankers– seeks to take the place of God, and dominate all things, and call it good, and true, and right in itself.*
That modern hubris and madness has also infected the Church, via the poisons of various kinds of utopianism. Man is now innately good, needing only guidance, freedom, and liberation to attain perfection. Jesus is a helper and example, and God is our ever-variable and surprising cheerleader. The Holy Spirit is constantly giving us novelties in thought, truth, worship, and everything else, leading and blessing the revolution.
Shall we submit to evil by blindly obeying power gone wrong, or become crazy rebels– or, the third way: suffering and even Martyrdom? Accused on all sides, and rejected by the spirit of the age, and the herd, and the power-mongers, and even the worldly rebels, too? St. Thomas More is an example to us all in this age of conflicting loyalties & duties.
Dissent is not automatically disloyalty, or destruction. Not all watchdogs are rabid. ~
~ Teh Binks
* As the story unfolds, faithful Éomer son of Éomund becomes a war hero for Rohan, and when Théoden King (having come to his senses) is slain in the Battle of Minas Tirith– having bravely led his armies to the rescue of Gondor against Sauron– loyal Éomer becomes king of Rohan. ~
This Justin: When you’re losing the Globe & Mail, the CBC, and now the Toronto Red Star… you’re in one heaping helping ‘o’ trouble.
Of course it’s fun to dogpile a smug, morally superior jerk when his failings are trumpeted and revealed for the world to see… what about some prayer, too?
That the current Prime Minister of Canada become a better man, leader, and more fairminded to all Canadians; that this will lead to repentance and amendment of life, and not just subterfuge; that he become a calmer and more unselfish man, husband & father, and leader of Canada; that he lose some of his narcissism, and replace it with humility, wisdom, dignity, self-deprecation, justice, and moderation.
In short, that Justin Trudeau become who God The Trinity in Unity truly made and wants him to be.
I deeply dislike Justin Trudeau and most of what he stands for– but I would still hope he repents of his sins, follows Christ, and when death takes him, that he find his final home in the Mansion promised by The Father, through the Son.
Lord have mercy.
“Now, everyone can play detective and analyze the Zapruder film until they identify the woman on the grassy knoll. But, basically, the prime minister got pissed off, bolted across the aisle of the House, grabbed another dude, accidentally knocked a woman out of the way in the process, then dragged the guy through a crowd of people.”Vice
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~ BINKS DEMANDS CLARITY— Let’s Get This Right: The NDP are trying to make this all about them, and thus the public are missing the point: 1-2-3 are the real issues. Yes, part of it was NDP silly-tactics. Whatevs.
(1) Libs were trying to push through radical legislation to curtail democracy & limit debate (assault on Canada, parliament, freedom) (2) Vote was slightly delayed, Trudeau blew his top, decided to get bossy (classless clown alert) (3) Grabbed & attempted to frogmarch opposition Whip Gord Brown to his seat (assault), Brown told him to let go of him
(4) NDippers and others crowded in (deliberately?), PM told people to GTFOutta his way (5) He carelessly bumped an NDP MP woman (no “elbow smash”) (6) Prince Justin then gets in a shouting match with Mulcair (7) Liberals withdraw controversial motion to limit Commons debate
Weather Network: Fort McMurray fire crosses into Saskatchewan: now 480 000 hectares: “To put things into perspective, the fire is nearly the size of Prince Edward Island and covers a greater distance than the entire area burned in all of last year’s wildfire season.”
“So much for post-partisanship. The PM’s temper tantrum – what else can we call it? – left the Speaker, Liberal Geoff Regan, pathetically having to remind the House that “it is not appropriate to manhandle other members.”
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THE OLD SAYING has it that who you are when you are alone, or think nobody is watching, or think you can get away with something, reveals much truth about your actual inner person.
So Canada’s #ElbowGate reveals– or reminds– Canadians about the actual character of their new glorious leader, his inward shape and parts and habits and all the rest. I’m surprised it took this long– aren’t you?
And remember– despite all the excitement of this stuff, and despite his smiles and endless selfies, the real Justin is consolidating powers and dragging us towards the smooth & cooperative model of Communist dictatorship he so lovingly admires, so he can remake Canada in his own image. Just imagine.
Progressives Are Nasty People
Thus, the preachy Liberal progressive fehmihnihst who issues apologies for long-ago forgotten Canadian failures gets into a Fail-scrum in the House of Parliament.. out of the blue, witness PM Trudeau physically grabbing and dragging on (i.e., assaulting) the Opposition Party Whip Gord Brown (who told the PM to let go of him) and in the by-going, elbowing NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau, and yelling “GTF outta my way.”
A momentary lapse? Sits down ASAP? Nuh-uh. Prince Justin immediately has the class, decorum, maturity, gravitas and dignitas to get into an undignified screaming match with the outgoing leader of the NDP, Thomas Mulcair.
Imagine if past-PM Harper had done even one of these things. Exactly.
Just what kind of person goes across the room to lay hands on a fellow MP and try and frog-march him to his seat?– it doesn’t matter the reason– then carelessly elbows a woman like she’s not even there, and is heard swearing? He wasn’t ‘trying’ to hurt anyone, but he didn’t seem to care, either. And frankly, so what if the NDP were in on it?
In good news? The MPs were gathered to vote on the government’s physician-assisted dying legislation, bill C-14, which was defeated 172-137. Get used to the taste of defeat, pretty-boy.
HRH Boy Emperor
Let’s review– aside from his election-boy character, our current Prime Minister has always and actually been hot-headed, foul-mouthed, aggressive, short tempered, thoughtless, entitled, immature, narcissistic, superficial, smarmy, anti-democratic (he admires Communist Chinese government, remember?), and someone who considers due process and basic manners to be needlessly frustrating and optional. He got frustrated the other day– but over what?
He’s had a long, sweet, comfy honey-moon from the media and the public; and if this is how he responds when things are good, one shudders to imagine what will lash out from the PM when things are tough, dangerous, protracted, or not what he wants. I predict: beware this man, as the Bible says,
“His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.”
My Will Be Done
At best, Justin is a paper Catholic, but a progressive above all. If there’s no truth, or exterior right & wrong, or God who holds us accountable for every word and deed, then (a) looking good is more than enough, then (b) do what you want, as long as you don’t get caught, then (c) gradually start to do whatever you want, and get your abuse victims used to your ways, and (d) apologies when you get caught don’t have to mean much.
People say “He’s his mother’s son”; I think we just caught a glimpse of the hateful, woman-smacking, bullying former dictator of Canada, Justin’s father Pierre. This just in, Justin promises not to smack Parliament around any more like last time, brings flowers, apologizes (twice), talks sweet, smiles, bruised but needy Parliament feels bad for making him feel bad, takes him back, agrees it was mostly her fault.
Just FYI: The DSM-5 criteria for narcissistic personality disorder include these features:
-Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
-Expecting to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it
-Exaggerating your achievements and talents
-Being preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate
-Believing that you are superior and can only be understood by or associate with equally special people
-Requiring constant admiration
-Having a sense of entitlement
-Expecting special favors and unquestioning compliance with your expectations
-Taking advantage of others to get what you want
-Having an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others
-Being envious of others and believing others envy you
PLEASE PRAY for rain for Alberta, and lots of it; please pray for each and every emergency responder, and volunteer; please pray that everybody evacuates to safety.
And why? What Rex said.
Oh, and PM Hair, this is actual news, and something in your imperial lap, so don’t break anyone or hurt anything. And, as always, IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU.
Plus, Mr. “Karma guy“? What next, dancing around on the ashes of people’s hopes and dreams, peeing on the ruins? Humanity 101 FAIL.
During a catastrophe, for volunteers beginning service
Almighty God, merciful Father, your thoughts are not our thoughts, and your ways are not our ways. Keep all of us and all who have been afflicted by this calamity from despair and do not let our faith be destroyed by the hopelessness we encounter. Sustain and comfort us. Direct all our efforts to attend the injured, console the bereaved, and protect the helpless. Deliver any who are still in danger and bring hope and healing that we may find relief and restoration. Through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
For Rescue Workers
Merciful Father, we command to your loving keeping all who work to bring rescue and relief especially the firefighter, police, paramedics, medical personnel, and volunteers, all who are helping, Give them courage in danger, skill in difficulty, and compassion in service. Sustain them with bodily strength and calmness of mind that they may perform their work to the well-being of those in need so that lives may be saved and communities restored. Through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
~ ONE OF THE great joys whilst wandering the fever-swamps of YouTubia, is occasionally finding islands of sanity, patient explanations, which visiting said islands makes you smarter and better informed for having done so.
In fact, Professor Fiamengo appears to be an actual professing old-style liberal. Old School Liberal– Believes 1st year kids have skulls full of mush, which must be shaped and formed. Believes in facts, truth, hard work, and the free exercise of the mind and will on learning & mastering a topic. Education, knowledge, wisdom, and degrees are hard-won over years, not handed out like prizes for everyone– and only in real areas of knowledge.
Worthwhile Professing Persons
Someone like Professor Fiamengo represents (like other kick-butt Canucki profs such as Doug Farrow & Dr. Margo Somerville, amongst others) some of the best kind of Canadian scholarship: detailed, insightful, impartial, quietly passionate, and worth hearing and pondering. They are– to the best of my knowledge– unbought, unradical, uncorrected, and serve as educated minds and consciences speaking back from our Western Tradition to the various concerns and controversies of the day.
You know, out loud. In public and stuff. Common sense, even.
Unlike radicalized profs, or the ‘false consensus’ global weather academics, with the best professors & teachers, you don’t feel like you’re listening to the same old script, or hearing only one side of an issue (usually Leftwards), or that a whole dimensions of learning are being deliberately silenced or misrepresented for political or ideological excuses. You know, college as usual: Brainwashing, only $20K+ a year, thank-you Cha-Chinnng!
Go And Do.. Braining Are Good!
Watch her on YouTube, read her via Google, and her excellent series via. Studio Brulé. Because Binky said so.
“A war is something that can be won by one side or the other and there is no path for ISIL to actually win against the West,” Trudeau said. “They want to destabilize, they want to strike fear. They need to be stamped out.”
~ Justin Trudeau, 2016 ~
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IT IS AD 9, AND a shaken Caesar Augustus, first Emperor of the Roman Empire, has been roaming the halls of his palace for days, weeping with rage, banging his head on the wall, and shouting “Quintili Vare, legiones redde!“ (‘Quintilius Varus, give me back my legions!’)
What military disaster could so shake Rome?
After all, The deadliest military machine in the ancient world was the Roman legion. Armor & shield, gladius sword, bow, spear, giant catapults and crossbows, simple tactics– when it was ready to fight, it was like one great beast, inexorable, sometimes winning against odds of ten to one, or more.
Gladiator: The Roman War Machine At Work
However.. 35 000 Roman legionaries stretched out over a muddy 10 miles in marching order through the towering and crowding-in Germania’s Teutoburg forest? Under damp and misty September weather, and a threatening Fall storm? Not ready.
Legate Publius Quinctilius Varus heads up three veteran legions, XVII, XVIII and XIX– with newer auxilliaries alongside– deep along a forest track into Northern Germany, toward Winter fortifications. The Legate believes his forces so strong, why bother sending scouts out?…
Then, out of the mist, they came.
Countless lightly-armed German tribesmen, led by Arminius (Hermann), a Germanic Roman-educated officer, ambush both sides of the legion column at once, chopping the great army train into sections– and the killing begins. Roman blood and bodies fall everywhere. The Roman strength in prepared battle has been turned to weakness by careful ambush.
One legion somehow fortifies itself through the hellish night. The next morning, a desperate escape attempt– fails. The storm and rain make Legion bows useless, and their shields waterlogged. General Varus suicides on his sword. Archaeological remains tell the final tale– endless Roman remains and armour and all the cast down panoply of war.. mingled with relatively few fallen German tribesmen.
15000-20000 Romans die, the rest go down to slavery. The stream of regular reports to Augustus Caesar cease, there is only.. silence.
Everything Old Is New Again
We are like the Romans: proud, powerful, dangerous. Modern political Islam is like the Germanic warriors: fighting their war in their way, not ours. It’s like boxing with fog, or nailing down Jell-O.
Our politicians, police, and militaries have inadequate responses to this very old and faceless front-less Uh-What-Direction-Do-I-Shoot-Sir? form of paramilitary terror-warfare. For a while, we chased baddies around in the deserts and hills of Afghanistan and Iraq; now, America and her terrorist-allies are asploding Syria to hell and back. Is that it?
This is a new kind of ancient war: olden barbarian/ Medieval hit-and-run, but with our weapons & tactics & communications. Maximum results, minimal efforts. The Scots and Welsh employed a lot of these tactics against the invading English in the 13th and 14th centuries. This is what made William Wallace a great warrior, if not a great general of armies, or national leader. This is how the American Minutemen fought the British regular army. Keep it asymmetrical.
1st Generation War? That’s your Napoleonic-style line-up men and shoot– defeated by heavy artillery, and machine-guns.
Second gen? Fortifications, an orderly & organized artillery of all the things, then march in– which was wrecked by tanks and airplanes.
3rd Generation warfare? Germany’s WW2 Blitzkrieg: ignore the front lines, maneuver, and cut the enemy off– wrecked by?…
..4th gen warfare. Olden-tyme guerrilla tactics with modern technology and tactics and communications, non-state warfare, no ‘front lines’.
Wake Up!.. Coffee Is Smelly
Super-heroic tough-talker Canucki PM Justin Trudeau? A 2nd/ 3rd Generation war thinker: “A war is something that can be won by one side or the other and there is no path for ISIL to actually win against the West”…. They want to destabilize, they want to strike fear. They need to be stamped out.” [my emPHASis]
Hm. Good luck with that, dude. Really. This from a former part-time drama teacher.
America’s been trying Justin’s way since about 1963– before he was born, and placed in a manger– with little to show for it on five major occasions except corpses, frustration, and increasingly wealthy military-industrial complexes. PM Justin Trudeau, his advisors, and their equivalents in Western governments must unlearn what they think they know, or be doomed to an endless cycle of repeat and fail and weep. 4th Generation War is now here.. and everywhere.
Where We Actually Are
Truth be told, our huge force-against-force olden-style 1800s or 1900s warfare just doesn’t work very well when the other team refuses to show up, and won’t play by the old or accepted rules.. and when they vanish like morning dew if you try to force the matter. We’re still armed and organized to fight WW2, or the long-feared 1980s Soviet attack on Western Europe. That’s why terrorism is so very effective in 2016: our states actually need other states to fight with.. not an alphabet soup of terror-groups.
The front is everywhere possible and imaginable: nobody is safe, and all those radicalized mosques, and Muslim ghettos in our major cities are recruiting grounds and potentially hostile occupied territory, war-wise. Mass migration? Another facet of 4th gen warfare! Thus, the Euro-elite “Migrant Problem” is a self-imposed war, with collaborating leaders effectively attacking their own people.
Likewise the Islamofascist terrorism of all kinds, boundless cruelty, supreme confidence versus our cowardice and cringing. See? Atypical warfare, 2016-style– and we imported this: why do we continue to do so?
Leaders For The Fail!
Our elites? Clueless, pandering, state-worshipping nitwits who cannot see what is right in front of them, and keep trying things that can’t work– or which will enslave their own populations in “peace & security”. The Belgium attacks just don’t fit any of their politically correct categories.
Says Robert Spencer:
“It’s time for the governments of Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and more to fall….. The existing governments are responsible for policies that have turned Europe into a war zone, and that war is just beginning. The political and media elites have failed Europe and the free world, and put Europe on a course toward civil war and bloodshed unseen on the continent since the days of Hitler.”
Love them or hate them, their no-nonsense light rapid response, strict airline security, layered internal protection (including that infamous but fairly successful anti-bombing wall) are all defences against 4th generation warfare. It`s not perfect, but there is no perfect defence against guerrilla warfare.
Back Out, Canada
Should Canada keep dropping bombs & fighting in Afghanistan? No. Afghanistan is quickly reverting to what it was– a failed state ripe for terror, with mostly tribal law & order.
Likewise, our “helping” in the U.S. wrecking Syria in the puppet-theatre of American conquest for power and oil– sorry, ‘Arab Spring’– wasn’t stopping, preventing, or stopping DAESH/ ISIL/ ISIS, or local Viet Cong-type attacks. This is Jihad, and the end game our enslavement under Sharia Law: the whole thing, big-time. The Russians get it: the best answer on the terrorist’s own ground is not apologies or hand-wringing or submission, but BOOM.
The End Game: Submission Eurabia
The To-Do List Is Long
This is a religious terror war exploding all around us, and we’re currently caught like General Varus, or like the Americans in bombers and tanks eternally attacking phantoms in the Vietnamese jungles. Or Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria…
We need to Israel-up: walls, strict serious airport & airline security; everybody trained and willing & ready to fight; prison, deportation, de-gehettoization; subvert the subversion; use special ops and counter-infiltration, and especially of mosques and false-front groups. Local vigilance, and reportage; preparation for treachery from our own side. Protect our leaders and government locations– i.e., war everywhere, against everyone.
We need to harden ALL our critical infrastructure, and imagine (within reason) All The Things which are potential targets: internet & hackable infrastructure, the power grid, communications, military site, energy, water & food supplies, industry, transportation, statiums and large gathering places, all of it. In America and elsewhere, Muslim groups have already been nosing around water supplies and crucial power grid components directly, and via cyber-attacks. Halt all Muslim migration until we have a way to sort them out. Be willing to imprison potential terrorists.
We have a great deal to (re)learn, and a lot of blood and misery and mistakes ahead of us. Civilians will have to understand that they are the front-line, along with police and military and trained professionals. This war is not going to end quickly– and it is a war. There will be casualties, no matter how ready or prepared we are– and right now, we’re not very.
The Doom Is Strong
The alternative is not The Same Old Just Like Before, but ending up like Publius Quinctilius Varus and the lost legions of Rome– and like Augustus, wondering how and what had happened. Within 4 centuries, the barbarians were banging on the doors of Rome herself, as the Empire decomposed and fell into ever smaller pieces.
Us? We don’t have anything like that long, because they are already here, and more pouring in every day. The alarm clock is ringing: time to awaken from our pleasant dreams.
2016 Europe under siege is bursting with lessons for Europe, and North America: if we have the eyes and the will to see it. Our freedom, and all we have known and love and lived for and built, stands at risk. ~
That Jesus in whom he disbelieved, whose followers he persecuted and against who he breathed threats and murder– He is in fact the Risen Lord, The only-begotten Son of the Father, the true promised Messiah of the Law, the Psalms, and the Prophets.
Soon, Saul of Tarsus is baptized, and from being a persecutor and rounder up of Christians for trial and execution, he becomes Paul The Apostle to the Gentiles, ultimately dying by execution-sword outside Rome, having travelled much of the Roman world for Jesus.
An Astonishing Thing
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.“
Those are astonishing words, if you ponder them. In the suffering of his faithful sheep, it is Jesus himself who is being persecuted. It brings new light to his teaching “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
A White Robed Army
Around the world, Christians are at this very moment suffering for their faith. Death, assault, torture, rape, trial, arson, destruction of churches and holy books, imprisonment.
Right now, part of what the U.S. supported ISIL is doing is rounding up young Christian women and girls for rape by their troops; beheading and crucifying other Christians; converting churches into mosques; burning Christian libraries and thousands of priceless ancient documents.
That’s not including the sufferings of Christians for their faith in China, South Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and via increasing repression and exclusion in the West. The 20th century– under Communism, Nazism, and a resurgent Islam, saw more Christians tortured and martyred simply for being Christians than in the previous 20 centuries combined. Most people don’t know the scale of this historic evil, and many just don’t care.
Where are we in 2016?
“The Islamic State (ISIS) is committing evil. ISIS is purposefully and methodically slaughtering Christians and other religious minorities to eradicate them.”
The response of international human rights groups? The UN? The heads of most Western governments, including “Christians” like Obama, or Junior Trudeau? Major media outlets? Virtual silence, or else only minor, belated, and muted concern.
Politically correct & Muslim-pandering Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau is wrong: Prioritizing refugee claimants isn’t “disgusting.” Anti-Christian genocide is. And he’s cancelled the prioritizing.. just open the floodgates for the “migrants”.
Even worse? In the manufactured “Migrant Crisis”, both Turkey and Western governments are not sending actually persecuted and suffering Christians, refugee camp dwellers, and other faith groups first of all to the West– but Muslims currently dwelling in Turkey. It’s a genocide we’re aiding and abetting.
The average Christian is not a rich white TV evangelist or millionaire mega-pastor, but an impoverished woman from the third world. Sadly, most Western elites are lapsed or cultural Christians, who imagine that the church and thus most Christians are rich, white, safe, comfortable, and rather narrow-minded and unpleasant about.. certain sensitive topics.
What ancient and mdoern dictators and extremists know, even if soft and gelatinous Western elites don’t, is that faithful Christians can be tough, hard-working, resilient, faithful, unyielding in important matters, supporters of human rights & freedoms, speakers against injustice and misrule, aiders of the poor and needy, and peaceful enemies of brutal regimes.
The Fight Back
Thankfully, groups like the ACLJ and others are fighting for their brothers and sisters in Christ in practical, legal, and political venues.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”
If He is who He said He was; and if we either help, or instead stand by doing nothing, our everything could hang in the eternal balance.
Donate to groups like the ACLJ (click here); pray for the persecuted church; get educated on persecution in the past and present; write letters to your local, regional, and national representatives; write letters ans speak out to international governments; and in all of it, persist until you make a difference, and help those who cannot now help themselves, and who will be encouraged by knowing people care.
“Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me…. Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.”