Greetings, my fellow port swillers!
Via FB, ol’ Robbo learns of the latest flaming bag of dog poo to be left on Holy Mother Church’s doorstep: Satanic mass organizers: Catholic outcry paranoid, intolerant.
Yes, some smartasses at Harvard are showing up HMC as the hateful hater that hates by staging a “Satanic” mass in order to get a rise out her defenders (I can’t think of any other reason why they would do it). I wish our folks wouldn’t fall for such cheap tricks, but I suppose it’s understandable.
This is, I believe, straight out of the Saul Alinksy social disruption playbook: 1) Do something outrageous, 2) express your own faux outrage at the natural reaction of decent people you aimed to shock, 3) profit!
Alas, when the libertine wing of the liberal coalition have their claws on the levers of power, as they happen to at the moment, they can get away with this sort of thing. (You may have noticed from even a casual glance at the headlines that rayther a lot of it is going on these days.)
But be of good cheer. It can’t last forever: God is not mocked and pride goes before the fall. And I’ve an idea that this whole pattern of bullying, sooner or later, is going to boomerang on those currently indulging in it, with effects they probably didn’t have in mind when they started.
Anyhoo, with this story floating in the back of my mind, I was quite comforted by today’s Epistle:
Dearly beloved, I beseech you, as strangers and pilgrims, to refrain yourselves from carnal desires, which war against the soul, having your conversation good among the Gentiles; that whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by the good works which they shall behold in you, glorify God in the day of visitation. Be ye subject therefore to every human creature for God’s sake: whether it be to the king as excelling, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of the good: for so is the will of God, that by doing well you may put to silence to the ignorance of foolish men: as free, and not as making liberty a cloak for malice, but as the servants of God. Honour all men: love the brotherhood: fear God: honor the king. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is thankworthy before God.
– I Peter 2:11-19.
Note that Peter isn’t looking for payback, but patience. The devil may win any number of individual battles and skirmishes, but it’s God’s promise to us through Jesus Christ that he can’t win the war. I think it helps in these wretched times to keep that in mind.