A Sober Thought for the End of an Age

libertyflagby Glenn Fairman   4/5/14
Fortunately, for those of the true Conservative attitude, politics is only partially what we are about. If I were to hang my star on America exclusively, I should be the most miserable wretch on earth. We are flesh and spirit; and the spirit longs for the eternal. As conservatives, we shall do what is necessary to reclaim what we believe is just in political life; but all politics and nations sooner or later must pass away. Temporal Politics, of itself, could never be enough to satisfy the human heart; and if I am about anything in my rhetoric, I am attuned to a hope all Christians must aspire to — the domain eternal. The Beautiful City of Longing will, at the end of days, make America but a dim memory — even the best which she once had to offer.

As the ancients believed, the true enduring political system is monarchy—where a Great King rules and loves those who are His children, as they in turn love Him and live freely in virtue and obedience consistent with His wisdom. But as we are mortally wounded by sin, the best we can hope for in this world is an aspiration to be truthful and enlightened men of honor who will restrain ourselves morally and our government politically – as befits the cause of free moral beings.

But alas, even this idyllic respite is temporary at best, since all flesh is doomed to flower and fade. America, though we love her, is fated to fall because disconnected from her Creator, she cannot keep her liberty; and she cannot keep her liberty because she has lost sight of the true object that gifts her freedom. Abstract freedom, as a sterile end in itself, always leads to decay and dissolution; and any exercise in grounding Mankind’s purpose in Humanist altruism is doomed, since the road to Utopia eventually passes through the charnel house of tyranny.

If, however, America once again returns to the foundation that made her good and not remain as a flailing child screaming and spinning out in willful dissolution, she may yet push back the cancer of the collective which exists for unworthy slaves incapable of ruling themselves. If she cannot, she will pass into the night as all republics that were birthed in moderation and virtue, but concluded in servitude and tragedy. Whatever shall befall us, know that God’s redeemed walk as strangers in a strange land…..This, ironically, is the substance of the Christian hope.
Glenn Fairman writes from Highland, Ca. He can be reached at arete5000@dslextreme.com. • (1557 views)

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11 Responses to A Sober Thought for the End of an Age

  1. Pokey Possum says:

    “1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place[c] of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people,[d] and God himself will be with them as their God.[e] 4He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
    5And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.” The Holy Bible, Revelation 21:1 – 6

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I certainly hope we aren’t in the Last Days, though if we think of the Number of the Beast as referring to 666 individuals, then I can easily imagine the Left as the beast (the only problem would be limiting the number to 666). There certainly are wars and rumors of wars, but of course there always are; and we do have conquest (by Tsar Vladimir the Putrid and perhaps soon China), war and civic unrest, and probably at least some famines and epidemics.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    It certainly is true that our ordinary life, at least in theory, is little affected by politics. But it is affected by the results of politics (such as taxes, regulations, and Obamacare) — and increasingly totalitarian government means increasing political involvement in our ordinary lives. Not to mention the iniquities of the various liberal Though Police organizations.

  3. Randall Vespie says:

    We’ll said. When Christians follow Paul in our earthly as well as spiritual walk, our American citizenship compares with his roman citizenship. It is useful in the short term, but ultimately we look for a city whose builder and maker is God. Thanks for saying it so we’ll.

  4. Rosalys says:

    Good Article, Mr. Fairman.

  5. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    It is fine to look toward the eternal, but a little more focus on the here and now would possibly help future generations to enjoy the freedom to focus on the eternal without having to hide in the catacombs.

    I forget how many millions of Christians didn’t vote in 2012, but as I recall there would have been enough to defeat the Obamanation. Sodom and Gomorrah have nothing on the present day, yet millions of Christians don’t vote. I hope the Christians will come out and vote in force in future.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Sodom and Gomorrah could have been saved if they’d had even 10 righteous men (presumably not including Lot and his family). I wonder how many we will need, and how that righteousness will be judged. By acting against the Antichrist? (Q: What do you call 666 Inner Party liberals? A: The Number of the Beast. Q: What do you call 666 dead Inner Party liberals? A: Good riddance.)

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        “What do you call 666 dead Inner Party liberals?”

        A: Good start.

        “and how that righteousness will be judged.”

        I would be happy even if we graded on a curve. We are reaching some very deep levels of depravity and decadence so even small improvements would be helpful.

    • Rosalys says:

      I suspect that had Mr. Romney been elected that we would still be on the same path we are on. It just would have been more gradual. We are on the same downhill slide we’ve been on for a lo-o-ong time. It’s just gotten much, much greasier! I’m tired of begging the tiger to eat me last, please! I don’t want to be eaten at all. The republican party, when it’s had the chance, has done damned little, if anything to reverse this trend. It’s been going on a long, long time. The republicans back in the post WWII era should have repealed the entire New Deal. They did not! They didn’t even try! Now-a-days you can’t even talk about Social Security or Medicare without the geezers screaming bloody murder! Do you really believe that the republican establishment has any intention of repealing ObamaCare! All the talk is about improving it, tweaking it, blah, blah, blah!

      For the record, I am a geezer myself (but not a socialist in any way, shape, or form!)

      Right now I have a book that I’ve known about for years but am only now getting around to reading, “The Creature from Jekyll Island” and it is explaining a lot! The Federal Reserve has got to go or you can just forget about making any big changes. But the Federal Reserve isn’t going to go. It isn’t even going to be debated. It will all come crashing down someday because such an empty house of cards cannot remain standing, but if your not informed and prepared the same effanbees who are causing all this chaos will be there in the aftermath to “make everything better again.”

      Just for the record, I voted for Romney. However, if the republicans give us a Chris Christy or one of his ilk, I will not vote for him! I don’t care if Hilary is running against him, I will stay home. I’ve voted in every election since I became eligible, but those days are OVER!

      We look to the eternal because ultimately that is what matters. That is all that has ever mattered. People who have the fear of God (the true God, the God of the Bible) and live their life accordingly will make for a better society here on earth. It is a natural result. So preach the Gospel. We are all sinners, but Christ died for the unGodly. It is not of works lest any man should boast. It is the Gift of God.

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