Happy Christmas


And Mary said,
"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

-- Mary's Song of Praise: The Magnificat, Luke 1:46-55 (ESV)


I love Christmas.

This seems an odd thing for a pagan to say- albeit a pagan who respects, honours, and fears the Lord. After all, the point of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of the Saviour, the King of Kings, Jesus Christ. And surely an unbaptised pagan cannot possibly see the significance and the meaning of this event as well as Christians can?

With due respect, I leave that one to the theologians to sort out. All I know is that Christmas is, for me, the single best day of the year- and that in recent years, it has come to take on a profoundly powerful spiritual significance.

For me, Christmas is about a lot more than time spent with my family, enjoyable and important though that is. It is also about observing and understanding the true nature of the world that we live in.

My first observation this day: it is a simple fact that the world we live in is ruled, not by the Lord, who is benevolent, just, and merciful- but by evil.

This basic truth answers immediately the common and uneducated criticism of faith in a just and good Creator that is often posed by mid-wit atheists the world over. That criticism usually goes something like, "If your god is infinitely merciful, all-powerful, and always just, why then is there so much suffering and pain in the world?"

The answer to that is given in simple yet powerful arguments in the Bible, and in my experience that answer has been borne out by what I see around me every day: the Lord gave Mankind free will, and swore that He would not interfere with His children's exercise of that gift.

The evil that we see around us, then, is the direct result of Man's exercise of his freedoms, coupled with a severe misunderstanding of what freedom really is. Freedom is not the right to live as one pleases; it is the substitution of self-imposed discipline for externally imposed discipline.

And as long as men continue to believe that freedom means that "do as you wilt shall be the whole of the law", then the existence of evil is guaranteed.

My second observation: it is also clear to me that the evil that rules this world will not be satisfied until it rules over the hearts of men, completely and entirely.

The whole of 2017 has illustrated this truth as never before. The Satanic evil of the social justice movement has revealed its true nature and intentions to us in every action taken since the New Year. Whether they are rioting in the streets and burning our cities, or seeking to destroy the natural and normal relations between the sexes by crushing the lives of men who "act inappropriately" with women according to some nebulous and ever-changing standard of behaviour, or working to infiltrate and sabotage and erase our most important cultural touchstones and monuments, they are agents of evil and must be confronted and destroyed.

And that leads us directly to the significance of Christmas Day itself.

It is easy to give up and despair in the face of evil. We are surrounded on all sides by it. We often find ourselves totally outnumbered and outmatched by it. We see nothing but darkness everywhere as the forces of war and death rage out of control, striking down those that we love and admire in a manner that seems almost chaotic and random, and yet has a clear and sinister order guiding it when one looks closely enough.

Christmas Day is proof that evil can be conquered and vanquished.

Today marks the fulfillment of the promise that the Lord made to His children, that He would deliver us from evil and that our endless sins and blasphemies against Him would be forgiven. Today marks the day that this promise took Earthly form and human shape.

Today, more than any other day of the year, we have hope.

Hope that evil can be overcome. Hope that the good can, in fact, win out in the end. Hope that all that we believe in and love will ride out the darkness. Hope- such fleeting hope, and yet there it is- that our civilisation, our culture, our way of life, will not merely survive but thrive.

For hope may be a small thing, fragile and frail and often as immaterial as a wisp of smoke- yet, as long as it lives in the hearts of men, it is remarkably hard to kill.

And as long as there is even the smallest whisper of evidence, of proof, that such hope is not an illusion, that salvation is possible, and that the Big Fella Upstairs is, in fact, looking out for us, then evil can NEVER triumph.

Or, as a great man- the Great Liberator- once said, "Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid".

And on this day, above all others, that one phrase holds special resonance and meaning for us all.

We men, especially straight white Christian men, may be mocked and hated and despised and persecuted- but we, as men, still hold the power to build, maintain, and destroy entire civilisations.

The good traditional woman may well be a dying breed, and the Sexual and Marriage Market Places may well be absurdly off kilter- but there are still good women out there, and they want and need us to be strong, upright men who will lead them, love them, and put them in their place when necessary. Let us never underestimate the importance of such women, for though we as men may build and destroy civilisation, it is our women who serve to transmit civilisation. Our values cannot be passed on to the next generation without them.

Western civilisation may well be dying- but it is not dead yet, and there are small and powerful signs in both America and Eastern Europe that a revival of its core values, ideas, and beliefs is underway. We saw that revival expressed most visibly in the election of the God-Emperor last year, but this is far from the only evidence that we have at hand.

My brothers, today, above all other days, hope lives in the hearts of men. Today, the Saviour was born, and today, the covenant of the Lord was fulfilled. Do not despair or lose hope, for though the war carries on, and though its cost is steep and terrible, we cannot lose as long as we continue to believe in what we know in our hearts is right and true.

Happy Christmas to you all, my friends. My profound thanks to each and every one of you (all, like, five of you) for your visits and your comments. May the Lord bless you and your loved ones with peace and good cheer.


Even as we explore the most advanced reaches of science, we're returning to the age-old wisdom of our culture, a wisdom contained in the book of Genesis in the Bible: In the beginning was the spirit, and it was from this spirit that the material abundance of creation issued forth.
-- Ronald Reagan's speech to students at Moscow State University, May 31, 1988

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  1. Merry Christmas. May the Unconquered Sun give us the light of hope as the old cycle gives way to a new one. And in this new year, may we be stronger, wiser, and more fearless so we can fulfill our destinies with our heads up high and our boots still on....

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  2. Lovely piece - Merry Christmas to you too.

    Cadders

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  3. Eduardo the Magnificent25 December 2017 at 13:16

    Merry Christmas, you deplorable bastard!

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