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Pray, shun, fight.

It’s a confirmation of a line Ross Douthat had a year or so ago, telling the left that if they didn’t like the Religious Right, just wait until the see the Post-Religious Right. I’m getting anecdotal reports from readers and from acquaintances that young people with smartphones are not only streaming pornography, but also getting massive doses of political extremism on their devices. One source who sees the boys in his conservative Christian high school embracing white nationalism speculates that the megachurch Christianity of these high school seniors is not facing the reality of the world around us. If true, then the pastors and other religious authorities in these kids’ lives are simply not forming them as Christians to live in the post-Christian world that we have.

On that point, last night in DC, I talked with a senior official of a prominent Christian college, who told me that institutions like his are at Defcon 1 on religious liberty for institutions like his — and he is as baffled as I am why so many churches are silent. He spoke to me after my Benedict Option speech about the point I made in it re: pastors and religious leaders who aren’t preparing their congregations for hard times, even the possibility of persecution, are failing in their responsibilities. He said that’s true in his experience. We agreed that Christians in America aren’t going to know what hit them.

In the meantime son one was watching Stefan discuss the theological implications of King Lear. On youtube. for hours. For him, youtube is the universityhe left for taught not a thing worthwhile.

There is a Christian Alt Right. It accepts that the tribe comes from the clan and the clan from the family, and recalls that building Babel was a sin. It sees nations as good. And it judges the fruit of this narrative, and sees them as evil.

Vox, a member of this, writes in reply.

The feckless, cowardly, and non-confrontational Dreher calls, naturally, for a feckless, cowardly, and non-confrontational approach he calls “the Benedict Option”. The Christian Alt-Right, on the other hand, anticipates Revival, Repatriation, and Reconquista 2.0 throughout the West.

Stop whining. Stop crying. Stop complaining. Stop prophesying inevitable doom. Stop cowering and stop cucking. The constant defeatism among the civic nationalist Right is remarkable, especially when compared to the growing confidence of the Alt Right. Spanish Christians were conquered and ruled by Muslims for centuries and yet they still didn’t give up hope, much less prophesy doom and defeat when they were still the overwhelming majority.

The problem is not women, or immigrants, or the government, or the electorate, or anything else. The problem is you. Because you’re afraid and you would rather indulge yourself by giving in to despair than pray, fight, and win

The only thing Drehar has correct is that the time in the USA where Christians got a pass is over. Nothing new here, it has been over in the Commonwealth since Lewis died. We sowed a world without religion. We have reaped intolerance, intersectionality and ISIS.

It is time to pray. It is time to shun. It will soon, all too soon, be time to fight.

2 thoughts on "Pray, shun, fight."

  • Will S. says:

    And remember, Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us that there’s a time to hate, as well as a time to wage war.

  • Bike bubba says:

    To be fair to the state education board in New York, people found that trained writers were failing that test because it was so poorly written. To be mean to them, they of course have failed at something that the SAT, ACT, and the Iowa tests have been doing for half a century and more; writing an adequate test of reading level. For that matter, I’m not even particularly trained, and I can tell you within a minute whether someone reads at close to a college level–just have him read from the NASB or KJV aloud. If he cannot, he’s not reading at that level.



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