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Some Things Said… (June 09)

Not Relativity…

One of the chief tenets of postmodernism is relativism – the notion that neither morality nor wisdom is absolute and definable, but instead simply predicated on what those with power and advantage say they are. — Victor Davis Hanson

Where human governments (even the best of those) all tend…

I see an innumerable crowd of like and equal men who revolve on themselves without repose, procuring the small and vulgar pleasures with which they fill their souls.

Over these is elevated an immense, tutelary power, which takes sole charge of assuring their enjoyment and of watching over their fate. It is absolute, attentive to detail, regular, provident, and gentle. It would resemble the paternal power if, like that power, it had as its object to prepare men for manhood, but it seeks, to the contrary, to keep them irrevocably fixed in childhood … it provides for their security, foresees and supplies their needs, guides them in their principal affairs…

The sovereign extends its arms about the society as a whole; it covers its surface with a network of petty regulations-complicated, minute, and uniform-through which even the most original minds and the most vigorous souls know not how to make their way… it does not break wills; it softens them, bends them, and directs them; rarely does it force one to act, but it constantly opposes itself to one’s acting on one’s own … it does not tyrannize, it gets in the way: it curtails, it enervates, it extinguishes, it stupefies, and finally reduces each nation to being nothing more than a herd of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd. –Alexis de Tocqueville lifted without apologies from The Iconoclast.

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Editors note — Brothers and sisters, friends: if you should believe that the governments of men seek your best interests, and will always look out for the common good, altruistic and benevolent with every step, then you belong in costume at Disney World.

There is only a single government that seeks justice, peace and true prosperity for all. There is only one government, itself an absolute monarchy, which can provide for every real need and supply for each one throughout any age. It calls out to truth and freedom, and is amenable to no human institution; it is not moved by change, by the eons, the moment or any calamity natural or otherwise. It is headquartered in a distant place, far beyond the pacing and alarms of this time, of this land or of any other.

But as with any absolute monarchy, it demands complete allegiance and adherence to its laws and prescripts. Without such devotion, you cannot so much as gain an entrance into its great halls or into its citizenry.

In it is found just one guide and rule of law. There is no mediation as there is no dissent or discord within; there is no weeping and loss, and there is no lawlessness. The Ruler is Heir and King, Brother and Guide On, and is acceded and opposed by no one; His authority clear and without question. His demands are just, his rewards for service without parallel. There is no time or action shown wherein He has opposed justice, reason and mercy.

Can those who stand so shakily alone upon some man made constitutional promise, on some institutional call or cause of freedom in this world of here and now, rise to and accept the pronouncements, and submit to the call of heaven?

Or, is it that you will continue to trust on and tread upon a scaffold now so weak that it cannot continue to support its own deeds and issues; to trust alone in the structure and working of men; wobbling more with each day and with each step, all the while as it becomes your single and only hope as your days go onward to their inevitable end?

That friends, is no hope at all.

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Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”

Jesus said to him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”

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All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and he to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.