United We (Should) Stand
August 14, 2012 45 Comments
As Christians we have had it pretty easy for the last 500 years. Maybe we’ve gotten complacent. Since the Moors were driven from Spain in 1492, and the end of the Siege of Vienna in 1529, we haven’t had a major external threat to Christendom. That seems to be changing. The combination of Militant Islam fueled by petrodollars; and secular humanism, exhibited in the various form of fascism, are mounting an attack that could destroy Christianity as well as freedom. The two are very closely related, Christianity, and our ally and predecessor Judaism, are the religions of the individual and his God. You will find many articles on this site, as well as others documenting this. The very foundations of America are laid in this bedrock truth.
The definition of Christendom I’m using here basically means all the churches that subscribed (there’s probably a better term) to the Nicaean Creed in 325. That would include the Anglican Church, the Church of the East, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Oriental Orthodox churches, the Roman Catholic Church including the Eastern Catholic Churches, the Old Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church and many Protestant denominations. I also note that this includes the Coptic church in Africa that spit off at Chalcedon in 451. That’s pretty all inclusive and they are all our brothers.
We’ve had our disputes and arguments but, we haven’t generated many martyrs. In America we know that “The Tree of Liberty needs to be watered with blood from time to time,” maybe that’s true for Christianity also. We are seeing now the assault on the Copts and the Syriacs, these are the opening battles on the outposts of our faith, how we respond will determine what happens next.
We are also seeing that the other force in opposition: secular humanism, has made deep inroads in Europe, leading to the collectivization which is its hallmark, and the accompanying lack of individual will, and the demands for birth control have made the native populations of most of Europe non-self-sustaining. Thus we risk the loss of the heartland of Christendom and the Western Civilization which it built. We here in America are in the opening stages of what may well be the new equivalent of the siege of Vienna, can we hold against the modern equivalents of Suleiman the Magnificent? Only time will tell.
Many of you know that I am fond of saying that the foot of the Cross, is a junction as well as a destination. What I mean is that many roads converge there. I am not, nor is any human, competent to judge which are valid, although we all know that the new commandment: A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you … John 13:34 is the key. If a route doesn’t conform to this, it is a false route.
Most of you know that I’m Lutheran, My dear friend Jessica is Anglican, and another friend of mine is a very wise cradle Catholic named Kathleen, we all comment and read each others posts, and in truth we find we have so much more in common than that divides us.
I also note that much of my readerhip, is overtly Christian, many in leadership roles, I can only ask you to join with us in rationally discussing what unites us, rather than endless pointing at the things, often minor, that separate us.
Jessica’s post this morning was on this subject as well, I’d like to share it with you.
So often, for me, one of the most wonderful parts of running a blog are the comments from you – they are never less than thought-provoking, and sometimes they are so profound as to make me glad to have such people with whom to converse through this strange medium.
Yesterday’s post on the ‘Beauty of holiness’ touch a chord with many, and set of some fascinating comments. I was much struck with the conclusion to Kathleen’s comments:
I readily agree with you that in this, our secular age in the West, we live “impoverished times as Christians”…… and it is vital we should befriend our fellow Christians to stand shoulder to shoulder in the face of so many challenges of our day, rather than bicker, insult (and worse), which is what we have been doing since the times of the Reformation until fairly recently.
All denominations of true Christians hold and believe the most important thing of all: that Jesus Christ is the Saviour, the Only begotten Son of God, Who came to redeem mankind. Nothing is more important than this.
If I were able to sum up my credo it would be in these words.
As anyone familiar with site on which Kathleen makes such distinguished posts, Catholicism Pure & Simple, will know, she is a devout and knowledgeable Cradle Catholic, so her comments come with even more weight, as they are not the product of some casual ecumenist gust of emotion. They were matched by words from my dear friend NEO, who commented:
Lutherans, Catholics, and Anglicans, we have all, to a great extent anyway, thrown away the reverential awe of worship. We did this with the best of intentions, to attract new congregants but, as with so many things, we didn’t think it through. When we lower ourselves to attract people, we lower the standards of Christianity. Of what use are multitudes of half-Christianized pagans to God or church?
Continue reading United, and by all means read the comment stream as well, as is true here and on most good site there is as much wisdom in the comments as in the post itself.That’s why so often a post will be inspired by comments.
After a long respite, in which we built the modern world, Christianity is again under attack, will we respond, or spend our time fighting each other as we all go down?
- Using the Bible Against Christians: Sola Scriptura Atheism (orthodoxyandheterodoxy.org)
- Anglicans to Rome: (Fr) Jurgen Liias (frstephensmuts.wordpress.com)
- Russian Orthodox, Polish Catholic churches call for reconciliation between Russians and Poles (english.ruvr.ru)
- Nepal church threatened by extremist Hindu group (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Newsflash: Atheism to Christendom (inchristus.wordpress.com)
- Be Careful Where You Walk, Stand and Sit! (servingtheservant.wordpress.com)
- Repost: Fixing Protestantism (orthosphere.org)
- Overcoming the Limits of Fundamentalism (grahamghana.wordpress.com)
- Modern Martyrs (jamesgbrown4226.wordpress.com)
- Attacks on Christianity are Designed to Silence Christians and Keep them Home on Election Day (godfatherpolitics.com)