“Contrary to what might be expected, I look back on experiences that at the time seemed
especially desolating and painful,
with particular satisfaction.
Indeed, I can say with complete truthfulness that everything I have learned in my seventy-five
years in this world,
everything that has truly enhanced and enlightened my existence,
has been through affliction and not through happiness, whether pursued or attained…
This, of course, is what the Cross signifies.
And it is the Cross, more than anything else, that has called me inexorably to Christ.”
Yesterday I found myself reading over the latest blog offering by the Scottish Pastor
who once again, expresses so much more eloquently what I feel…
Thoughts and words I’ve been trying to convey here in my little corner of the blogosphere..
for quite sometime, but seem to fall a bit short of his more marvelous observations.
This latest post is entitled The Fallacy of the Fascist Revival–Hope Not Hate
I was barely through the first paragraph when I heard myself shouting “AMEN”
“My concern is not so much with fascism but with the dumbing down of our society,
including our media and political discourse and what that leads to.”
Personally I have become so perplexed with this new global obsession with what seems
to be some sort of new age fascism….
that I am heart sick that so many Americans are now so deluded as to claim that the
other half of their countrymen are now practicing Nazis…
as they truly have no inkling as to what they are accussing
or claiming others to be practicing…..
I have become so incensed that there are actually so many seemingly educated,
yet truly misinformed individuals,
who are clamoring over such nonsense as to the country being overrun with goose-stepping
brown shirts and that a sitting US president is channeling the essence of an
evil demigod and führer.
I am infuriated that there are those who currently think that anyone with a differing opinion
should now be labeled as a fascist…
all without having a true depth of knowledge of what it is that they are labeling and accusing
others of being…..
All of what this has done, this current fanaticism, is but to cheapen the lives of those
who actually suffered and lived through the reality of all that was throughout the 1930’s-1940’s…
Our friend at the “Wee Flea” notes:
As usual Brendan O’Neill puts it far better than I can.
“The word is now used with an ahistoricism and thoughtlessness that are genuinely alarming.
And among the upper echelons of society, not merely by scruffy protesters or online blowhards.
The Archbishop of Canterbury says Trump is part of the ‘fascist tradition’.
Prince Charles has warned darkly of a return of the atmosphere of the 1930s,
and we all know what that means. ‘Yes, Donald Trump is a fascist’,
says New Republic, a magazine that once considered itself a voice of reason among
the paranoid style of American political life. But everyone’s paranoid now.
Everyone now sees fascists.”
Pastor Robertson continues:
“Dumbing down then enables people to become deluded by the delusions.”
“People who are either too lazy, too unthinking, or too self-obsessed with their own delusions,
can’t stand being challenged and so they hate. Even if, in their own eyes,
they are on the side of reason and love they will emote and hate.
In fact its worse than that – its BECAUSE they are on the side of love that they feel
they have the right to hate. And in the age of the internet and social media,
they find it much easier to do this online, than spray painting their neighbours house.”
So not only are we witnessing this new age lunacy here in the US…
that of our modern day fascist witch hunt…
One that I liken to an ill perceived “War of the Worlds” mass pandemonium,
it just so happens that it is sadly more indicative to the growing hysteria
found across our entire Western Civilization…
“This demonisation has frightening consequences.
Someone from Edinburgh sent me this photo of a poster in Edinburgh he passed the
day after he read my article.”
Yet perhaps the most troubling aspect to be found in all of this
is to be found in the messages we are now sending
to our young people….
especially as we are hearing such hateful rhetoric spewing
form the mouths of educators…..
“One of the most disturbing series messages I got was from someone who said they were a
history teacher and described the UK government as a fascist government.
Now imagine you are a child who hears that, and hears about the evil of fascism,
and then reads a poster like this.
It’s beyond irony that those who want to use hate speech legislation to suppress all
views except their own, are so often full of hate.”
Pastor Robertson then poses the question that most sane and rational individuals
now find themselves asking, nay imploring….
“Where is the Hope in all of this?”
And in his question…in this search for some semblance of rationality, sanity…
it is our Hope in which we find our answer…..
“I don’t see it in politics.
And I don’t see it in groups like ‘Hope not Hate’, because they too demonise the other,
in order to justify themselves. It seems as though we are in an endless cycle of blame,
guilt and hatred.
But there is a solution.
There is somewhere where ‘the dividing walls of partition’ are broken down,
where people really do become one and where love, harmony, unity and diversity predominate.
I am of course talking about the church of Jesus Christ.”
“Its not an ideology that brings love and unity—
If you want Love not Hate, then you need to know the One who is Love.”
Love his blog
I know, right….I do too, obviously 🙂
I just hope he doesn’t mind my pulling and offering as I think his thoughts most often must be shared!!!
Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
You blog or comment on politics? Then please read “the observation of love by a wee flea.” It is a timely reminder that we need to separate what we hate from those whom we should love.
Because I can get angry, there are times my words are filled with sarcasm. There are times I make a point of adamantly condemning Socialism as both wrong and unworkable. Nevertheless, because I believe in the teachings of Jesus, I try not to condemn people believe in the supposed wonders of Socialism.
Jesus could point to a man and say hypocrite; I can rightly only point to a man’s conduct and say hypocritical. I can rightly only hope that on this day at least I won’t make a hypocrite of myself.
What is the point of my blog? If not to judge, then why do I blog? Do I have all the answers? No. Do I expect thousands to gratefully accept the great wisdom in my instruction? No. I just hope I will cause a few people to read the Bible.
Years ago I gave up the notion I will make someone who is a Liberal (in the modern sense) into a Conservative. I am just not that persuasive. Still, if I can point someone who is lost (as I once was) to the Bible, that person will learn what I did.
That will be well worth the many hours I have spent online. Love may not make a Liberal into a Conservative, but it will make it possible for a Liberal and a Conservative to live in the same country. In the name of Jesus Christ we will have unity.
thank you Tom
As usual you have put together a fabulous and relevant post! 🙂 ❤
Another excellent post Julie. I will certainly have to check out the good pastor’s blog, sounds right up my alley.
thank you Tricia–I have greatly enjoyed his postings—I have not read his book, The Dawkins Letters, but he is the author who wrote that refutation of Dawkin’s book The God Delusion…he’s always on the money as it were with his “observations”
Have you seen this – https://catholicismpure.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/freemason-service-at-englands-mother-church-on-same-day-as-consecration-to-our-lady/ – happening today? This must have been permitted by the above-mentioned Archbishop.
very troubling Sarah—you know, I do believe that there are bigger components at work in our world…greater and darker than any of us really know or see, or in reality care to see….
that is an odd happening—the freemasons do trace their lineage to the Knight Templar—that renegade band of knight entrusted by the Pope to “guard” the Holy Land for pilgrimages and then later with “guarding” supposedly the Arc of the Covenant….but it seems they became more like profiteers…so it is all rather clandestine and the fact that a sitting Archbishop allows or rather sanctions a “consecration” of sorts counter to another and more fitting consecration is telling…
Thank you for sharing Sarah—I’m off to dad’s today…
I hope your dad is in some way coming to terms with what is happening to him. It seems like he is being given extra time to do that. I’m sorry that it is such a difficult time for you all, and I will continue to pray for you, and especially for his eternal soul.
As regards freemasonry, I’ve read quite a bit about it but it is enough for me that it has been condemned by pope after pope. Even if it started out well, it hasn’t been good (at least at the top) for centuries. The fact that the English freemasons procured the ceremony in the cathedral with a very large donation speaks volumes; about them _and_ about the archbishop.
And thank you for your prayers!!