Concerning the idea of being unpopular, Sixintnadaho thought I was wrong He commented…
We’re supposed to dominate the civilization with The Law and the righteousness that comes from it. This is nothing more than another dose of that “surrender” crap, a so-called “Christianity” with no spine nor a brain connected to the nerve bundle that runs through it.
You aren’t “popular” because there is no reason on this earth nor in heaven to respect you. Righteous men of action gain respect. Their counterparts do not, and since wringing one’s hands are now the only visible “works” that today’s so-called and quite lower case “christians” engage in, well, the current incantation of the cafeteria belief is for effeminate losers, women, and no one else.
Well, this comment is golden. It is the use of shaming language and, honestly, I find this amusing. The idea that those who follow Christ is biblical. And the idea that shaming or criticizing people because they say that it is hard to follow Christ, you are going to get opposition… is amusing.
Me? I sit in my pew in a very liberal town and work on raising my boys right. And do good in a socialised health system ( But we get these people saying that we should be able to lead and dominate society, when society has moved away from Christ and (this is where I agree) the Church, particularly in the US, has become corrupted and infected with the ideas of liberation and feminism. We are left with commenators and preachers telling men to Man U (TM) or falling into theonomy. From Dalrock
What makes the practice of only correcting men all the more craven is how this goes against all principles of leadership. Whether you are in business or the military, only the very worst leaders reprimand a subordinate leader in front of his own subordinates unless they are going to immediately take them out of their leadership role. Even then, doing so has the risk of undermining the position itself. If generals make a habit of criticizing lieutenants (even just those who are performing poorly) in front of enlisted men, even good lieutenants will find it very difficult to lead. This is an awful practice in cases where there is generally good discipline, and the very worst thing a leader can do in cases where the authority of leadership is already in question.
In the case of the Church, pastors are repeatedly criticizing husbands and fathers in front of their wives and children, and they are doing this with full knowledge that the wives are already in open revolt. This is after all why they won’t ever speak on topics the wives disapprove of.
Then they walk away and expect the father to act in the role of head of the household.
Deep breath. Let’s look at today’s reading.,. You want leadership. Look at Paul: Persecuted, ignoring what pressure he was under, and doing what was correct
1You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, 2but though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. 3For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, 4but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. 5As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; 6nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, 7though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. 8So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.
9You remember our labor and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 10You are witnesses, and God also, how pure, upright, and blameless our conduct was toward you believers. 11As you know, we dealt with each one of you like a father with his children, 12urging and encouraging you and pleading that you lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
If you want to stand, if you want to bear witness, If you simply want to life a righteous life in this corrupt society and this corrupt church, you will be criticized. If you are lucky.
There are people paying for their witness with their lives. But we have two hopes. The first is that God will see us as faithful (which is why we should be cleaning our own lives up) and the second is that history is written by those who turn up. And as Feminism in the Church is a form of birth control, the liberals are disappearing as the conservatives joyfully procreate.
We may be unpopular, but Christ controls the Kings of this earth. It is not our job to control all of society. It is our jobs to bear witness.