Saturday, January 2, 2010

Balkanization and Regeneration

Sometimes I'm really glad that I'm Catholic.

I was fortunate; I was born into it; although I re-converted back to the Church as an adult. The Church—Christ's Church—is, ultimately, where my allegiance lies. And this Church is also the only Christian Church (anywhere in the world) that is a truly global and multicultural community.

I'm so glad to be a part of it.

This, to me, means everything else—everything—takes a back seat to Christ: nationality, gender, economic status, race, culture, and, at times, even my own happiness and my own well being. As a Christian, I am called to follow Christ; and Christ commands me to love God with all my heart and to love my neighbor as myself.

More than this, Christ also calls me to love my enemies.

This call, to love one's enemies, raised the bar beyond anything the people of Jesus' day could have imagined. And this is our high calling too.

Some believe that Europe and the U. S. are being (have been) taken over by foreigners (with their foreign religions and their foreign cultures) and that western Christian civilization is under attack. And I think there's a lot of truth to this belief. The question is: Why is (has) this happened?

For one thing, Europe has pretty much turned its back on Christ (the U. S. less so), and the counter-culture society that Christ is forming: his Church. So maybe it's God's judgment for Europe to be overrun by its enemies? It wouldn't be the first time that's happened (see how God dealt with both Israel and Judah in the O.T.).

If this is in fact the case, that it's God's judgment, then to resist would be futile. One would simply find one's self fighting against God. War with one's enemies would be the only other option, and then one would be on the losing side. Not that fighting for principle even when you can't win isn't sometimes the right thing to do, but Christ issues us a higher calling: to love our enemies; not to blow their brains out, which is what war is. I'm all for self defense, and for the defense of one's own family, friends, town, and nation, but I also have the duty to love my enemies. And it will break one's heart when one is forced (by circumstances) to kill someone; even when it's justified. It's a sad, last resort.

Like most people, I, too—by nature—will easily default to the position of defending my own people, my own kind, my own race, and my own religion over against my (our) enemies. It's just a very deep-seated gut human instinct to do so, which only Christ's love can overcome.

If a real White/Christian versus Brown/Muslim shooting war ever broke out (like the one in Kosovo, during the nineties) I would feel compelled to defend my own, home, family, friends, race and religion against those who threatened it. But if I began to hate my enemy in the process, what has become of my religion…?

Christ's command for us to love our enemies is a difficult one to obey. I've only recently discovered just how far short of this mark I myself often fall whenever it comes to really obeying this particular commandment. So I continue to strive forward, trying to follow Christ, trying to obey his commands, and trying to love people as our Father in heaven loves them: unconditionally. We are to love those who hate us, pray for those who use us, bless those who persecute us. `

The world is undergoing balkanization; that is, people are breaking up into smaller and often hostile units based upon regional, ethnic, and religious similarities. And this situation is likely to continue for some time to come, much to the dismay of the liberals and the globalists. The only solution to balkanization is regeneration: people need Christ, not western Christianity.

Christ's Church will be victorious: in time, in history, and on earth. And his Spirit is even now regenerating people's hearts all around the world, People the world over are coming to know him and they are learning to obey his commandments.

Even his command to love our enemies.

"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect"

(Matthew 5:43-48)

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