Saturday, November 24, 2007

More From Chronicles

I have been a faithful reader of Chronicles since my brother gave me a copy of an issue in 1991. That particular issue announced the death of the "Conservative Movement". Some contributors to the symposium, notably Sam Francis and Murray Rothbard, are no longer with us.

Chronicles is by no means a conventional Christian publication, and its editors, with the exception of Aaron Wolf, don't necessarily hang out in my theological neighborhood. But they defend Christendom, and what I would call Apostle's Creed Christianity. Even the unbelievers writing there, like Rothbard and Francis, were Christophiles--they understood that our civilization was the product of Christian Faith. In any event, you should subscribe, and here is another morsel from the latest issue.

"Historically, it has been the radical heretics who have insisted that, because government by nature tends toward corruption, Christians should have no part in it. But Christians who participate in government must be sober and recognize that legislation cannot save, in the ultimate sense, a hellbent people or its offspring...We are not Saint Paul, but neither are we members of a Christian nation or citizens of a Christian country. Not only is our government openly hostile to our Faith, it is importing jihadist aliens who wish to claim our land for the Dar al Islam. Set aside the polls about Heaven and angels and even being 'born again': We are a minority; our number are shrinking; our churches are dying. Thus if we wish to restore the civilization that has been lost, we have to pay more attention to our Faith and less attention to Republican politics...

The Christians of the first and second centuries had Christ's words ringing in their ears--"If you confess me before men, I will confess you before my father in heaven." They harbored no illusions about their government; they strove to live peaceably among men, paying their taxes and dealing honestly in business...Their great offense to their Roman masters was their refusal to burn incense to the emperor, a simple act and a signature that would spare their lives when they were put to the test. Instead, they witnessed for their Faith and paid the ultimate price.

Of course, things are different for us: We live in a democracy, and, as citizens of a democracy, we have never been asked to burn incense to the emperor; we we just asked ourselves to preserve our Christian civilization by voting for the most pro-life President in U.S. history, even after he burned incense to Allah by declaring that Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike pray to him, they wished us all a happy Ramadan."

--Aaron Wolf, Chronicles, December, 2007


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