Thursday, 30 October 2014

Fighting bravely to support evil

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I was watching a TV programme about the closing days of the 1939-45 war and reflected again on the courage, effectiveness, tenacity and patriotism of the German military, fighting every step of the way in defense of their evil regime - not surrendering until utterly defeated.

But this was just an extreme version of the situation of all who see truth in the West today - we dedicate much of our lives and best efforts to sustaining a culture, nation, institutions great and small that are (overall, in net effect) extremely evil - to the extent of openly propagating and enforcing wickedness as virtue, lies as truth and ugliness as beauty - and unrelentingly subverting and harassing Good wherever they perceive it (in real Christianity, marriages, families, wholesome and effective groups, organizations, clubs...) - and all of this so consistently evil that we have all-but lost sight of the fact.

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As I perceive it, the situation is inescapable in worldly terms; we are all IN it together. And what we are in is precisely the kind of unrepentant society which, in the Old Testament and Book of Mormon alike, deserves to be destroyed and (unless they repent) will actually get destroyed - usually by God simply withdrawing divine protection and allowing the wicked nation to destroy itself; so that it is swiftly overwhelmed by enemies or by natural disasters that a virtuous society would survive - and indeed ennoble itself by resisting.

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In worldly terms there seems to be no answer. The forces are too unequal; hundreds or thousands or even (in some places) millions against one.

To speak goodness and truth then comes across as bizarre, insane; and indeed itself wicked - since the moral inversions of modernity are interlocking and mutually reinforcing.

In practice, communication between the insane and wicked and wholly complicit majority; and a tiny, isolated, atomic minority who perceive basic truth - is impossible,

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Indeed, even among truth-seers and -tellers, it seems to me that many have become embittered; hate-driven and closed-hearted; like dogs made savage by being locked up and tormented.

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I have no suggestions for squaring this circle, no strategy for successful takeover; but to hold fast to the Good and continually identify and repent those many evils which we all daily do and say and think, simply by living in the world we live in - a world where our courage and hard work will be used against Good.

Luckily, with repentance, there is a limitless capacity for Christ's atonement to absorb our many and deliberate sins. Lucky indeed...

And our trust and hope should be and must be in those unseen and unknown mechanisms by which any Good, anywhere, is always and forever effectual - even when utterly private, uncomunicated.
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