Virtue signals or the duty of witness.

Yesterday was the day after the moon festival in Hong Kong, and many people shut their shops and allowed their staff the day off. When we went to the Peaks we found ourselves in a crowd of families (Plus a high school mission trip: Memo to teenage girls, do not clump at the top of escalators in Asia). Most of the families had kids, who were happy and enjoying the day (apart from some toddlers, as it was hot and windy).

At the airport there was actors playing out the moon festival and allowing people to take selfies.

The Pagans have good among them. They cannot be completely evil. But they are not completely righteous, and the Chinese continue to be mainly pagan, though there are now (praise God) many who are of Christ.

The Peaks, Hong Kong. Robyn took this

There is a basic contradiction in trying to be wholly evil. The end point is to be the last remaining ‘being’, enjoying the terminal satisfaction of having annihilated everything else… And then annihilating oneself. Because ‘oneself’ is the final remnant of good (since all beings are God’s children).

But short of this envisaged final non-event; we need to be careful not to overvalue the achievements of evil: evil can only convince people that it can exclude good – it cannot actually achieve this. The persistence of good can be seen by the fact that evil must continually deploy bribery and coercion to suppress what would otherwise be the spontaneous arising of good here and there.

Even if a global totalitarian society is achieved by the evil-Establishment: a society of complete and universal monitoring and physical control, a compulsory virtual world… Even if each individual is flooded with distractions, and their thoughts and emotions continually manipulated… Even if all thinking is superficial, fake, inculcated, automatic…

Even if all this seems to be the case; we must remember that this world is the creation of a loving God and it is inconceivable that he would ever, under any circumstance, leave a single one of his children without possibility of salvation – when that child is capable of wanting it.

No matter how complete worldly manipulation may seem to be, total manipulation cannot be a reality – there will be made (by God’s power) the actuality of freedom and the possibility of agency – specifically there will be chances to think in free agency from our real selves; escaping all manipulations.

Even in our fallen state, there should be enough natural law to understand that this world was once good and that we have fallen. To allow us to turn to Christ. It is the duty of all of Christ to proclaim salvation by wore and deed, and when we do this it should not be a reason for boasting

1 Corinthians 9:16-27

16If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe to me if I do not proclaim the gospel! 17For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission. 18What then is my reward? Just this: that in my proclamation I may make the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my rights in the gospel.

19For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them. 20To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law. 21To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law) so that I might win those outside the law. 22To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. 23I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.

24Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. 25Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one. 26So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air; 27but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should not be disqualified.

We have but one role, as a congregation and church. It is to preach the gospel, wanted or unwanted, in times of harvest and in times when the ground is frozen and we see no growth. We are not here to boast, and virtue signalling is boasting: it is saying how righteous we are. Peace is good, and caring for the land is good, but the pagans to this. We have Christ. Too often we compromise with those who would make the church like the Unitarians: social justice activists refusing to pray.

For we know that the social arm of the church, without Christ will fall, as we know that there are bishops, cardinals and moderators of the Presbyterian Church who are part of the synagogue of Satan.

There is no day now without some heretical bishop of priest expressing his more or less veiled approval for sacrilege and heresy of all sorts. Beside their lack of faith in God, what surprises me of these people is their lack of foresight.

Things change. The tide could turn pretty fast. Even if the tide turns pretty slowly, every bishop now in his Forties can get in a lot of trouble, risking excommunication and defrocking – and therefore, destitution – in his old age.

Pius XIII will come one day. And when it comes the implacable Internet, which forgets nothing and delete nothing, will be the undoing of countless careerist Judas now competing against each other in sycophancy towards Francis and his powerful collaborators. If you are 85 and atheist (these people clearly all are) you may think there is a high probability that the party will last for at least as long as you breathe. If you are 48, or 54, the matter looks altogether differently.

A bit of knowledge of history and sound thinking should teach these people that, the revolution being so vast, the counterrevolution will – when it unavoidably comes – be just as brutal. When the time comes to restore the dignity and credibility of the Church, the number of bishops and faggy Monsignors to be defrocked will be considered utterly irrelevant. The pendulum always swings the other way with the same energy as it did it in the opposite direction.

Granted: we might all die before things really improve. We might. But how probable is that? Francis’ mad course is accelerating the reaction, and all signs indicate he might become more and more unhinged in the future. Many are the risks in relying in an 83 years old guy who is ruining his own faction day in and day out. Ask Ceaucescu how safe he felt in 1987, nay, in the summer of 1989!

When sanity comes it will come more or less fast.

The duty of the Christian Blogger is to bear witness to Christ. This is not a reason to boast, it is our duty. We need to point to Christ. And pray that our small torch will lead some to a way our of the pits people build in blind obedience to the narrative of this age.

One thought on “Virtue signals or the duty of witness.

  1. There is a healthy Christian community in Hong Kong with many churches and respectful locals. Its a great place and a gentle introduction to Asia for novices with the British and Chinese culture combined. There is much to see and do and they have excellent museums.

    Can Confirm. I have worshipped there. on previous trips. We had an overnight stopover this time

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