I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and its rider hath he thrown into the sea.Cantemus Domino
Today is a day of liberation. While it is not the fullest victory and vindication of Our Lord’s reign in the world and our nation, it is an end to America’s most severe corporate rejection of God’s sovereignty over life.
Today, America is being faced with the reality of her own iniquity and contingency. Man is not sufficient. Man is not self-making. Man is judged by Law: by the transcendant. And this victory will be turned unto our judgement if we do not hurry in holy haste to make this known.
In America, even from our beginnings, we have lacked the reality that man’s will is insufficient. Man’s freedom is not universal. Man, fundamentally, is beholden to God and is commanded to follow God’s purpose for him: not make his own purpose based on his own will.
The government is a minister of God and is beholden to God. Only by the government recognising God’s sovereignty can it have any legitimacy which does not devolve into man’s mere utility, use, convencience, and pleasure. And only when the government governs according to the law of God can it make a reasonable claim upon its citizens.
We, the citizens, likewise, must give up on our liberal theology of rights, which views rights as power tools for our pleasures and not as freedom only to fulfil our God-given purpose and to work toward the common good.
An infant has the right to life not because it will frustrate the infant’s will to live, for man’s will gives no rights. An infant has a right to life, because God has created that infant to honour and glorify the Lord and to love his neighbour.
We must lay down our preferences and our faux-rights: for the many cars with which we pollute, for the food we glutton in, for the money we hoard unto ourselves, for the time we steal from God, for the contraceptives we abuse ourselves and others with, for the fornications and sodomies we lose ourselves in.
If we are not ready to give up our conveniences for the common good: to radically transform our lives for the glory of God and form our lives in faith, trusting in God alone for our health and salvation, then we are lost, this day means utterly nothing, and America will never be a truly Christian nation.
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Consider the baleful influence of rootless cosmopolitanism in American Christianity: i.e., the phenomena of commuting to geographically distant big Eva churches for the sake of hearing a famous preacher/ Christian media personality from Sunday to Sunday. There is no true common life in such churches, because it stands or falls on the drawing power of a single charismatic pulpiteer.
A true church must be in communion with an Apostolic bishop who delegates his authority for teaching, officiating at the liturgy and administering the sacraments to the parish priest, who is a spiritual father to the flock during his tenure at a local parish. But the parish will have numerous priests over the course of its corporate existence, and its life is not reducible to being a showcase for a Christian media personality.
Tied to this is the benefit of belonging to a church which is not too far distant from the community where you live. Orthodox Jews are required to live within walking distance of their Shul, because Halakic precepts forbid driving a car on the Sabbath. We are not held to that standard as Christians. But living reasonably close to your parish is a blessing which will expedite making its common life more embodied and thus vital.
I think it would be prudent to break up spatially huge dioceses into smaller units with Ordinaries who can be situated in geographical proximity to the parishes they oversee. Localness and smallness of scale are good antidotes to the American fixation with the big and splashy which more often than not yields shallowness