Today is May Day. This Northern Holiday from ancient days was turned into Roodmas in England, and International Workers’ Day by the left.
In my view, today is a good time to remind all beleivers that persecution and unpopularity is part of our lot.
1Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.
2We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly 3remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, 5because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. 6And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, 7so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. 9For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, 10and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead – Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.
11“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
13“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
14“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
We are persecuted because we are different. If we are not different, we are not persecuted. And this applies in all aspects of our lives, for the leaven of worldly thinking has dug deep, as Keoni notes.
Several years ago, I used to work with two women who were born again, evangelical Christians who both had teen-aged daughters. Both of them talked endlessly about their worries for their daughters getting the best education and career they could get as soon as they graduated from high school.
I once made the mistake of suggesting that the most important thing such young girls needed to consider was choosing good men to marry…far more important than what college they were trying to get into, what degree they would try to attain and what career path they wanted to pursue. I tried to explain to them that the biggest decisions with the most far reaching consequences for their lives that their daughters would ever face would be who they decide to mate with. Both ladies didn’t even consider my points. Both immediately argued that their daughters needed their educations and careers first and foremost, just in case they did get married and “it didn’t work out.” Of course, both of these ladies were the primary breadwinners in their family, so it’s not surprising they would feel this way.
They were simply following the new ideal of 21st century Churchianity – changing the Church’s prime directives to accommodate Feminist ideals.
The infiltration of Christian culture and morality by feminism (Cultural Marxism) is nearly complete.
We are not called to follow the herd. We are called to follow Christ. And the laws of nature. For most of us… burn. The way that this was managed, for generations, was to discipline the men — by hard study and work, sport and occupation — until they can stand on their own and support a woman. At the same time, we encourged women to marry in their early 20s — to someone often five or so years older.
This worked. Women could have babies, knowing that there was enough income to live simply, and learn to manage the household. This allowed for a different path for women — being a mother then having a career, a passion. (Men did not have that option: they have jobs. To support their families. Most men are not stupid enough to think that work is fulfilling or meets their emotional needs).
For we are salt and light, not darkness and blandness. Which brings me to this story (From the true Nerd Princess of the Orthosphere — Alte)
This all reminds me, as I’m obviously too lazy to go for that jog so far, of our first date. He cracked a joke with a reference to Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle and I laughed so hard that I snorted water out of my nose and nearly fell off the chair. He just sat there, stone-faced, and said, “I can’t believe you’re laughing at that joke. I can’t believe you even understand it.”
I was like, *slam the table, rock back and forth giggling, cackle, drool some water, slam the table again, cackle some more, slap my knee* “OMG, that was soo f—ng funny!” He said. — and I’ll never forget this — “Other than having the manners of a drunken sailor, you’re perfect.”
Which just made me laugh even harder,
Let us thus go our and politely freak the unbeleivers.