Death and glory

The greatest living Grandmaster of science fiction and fantasy, John C. Wright, responded to a reader of his blog and his work on the subject of whether or not the Kingdom of Christ Jesus has, indeed, been defeated and destroyed by the Godless Left:

I have been solemnly informed, by a reader who I hope will find other and more profitable uses of his time, that the Leftist in America have defeated Christ and His partisans.

I confess the truth of the comment. Who can deny it? Even the Boy Scouts are fully aboard with the program of glorifying sodomy and gender dysphoria, and it has driven them to bankruptcy this very day, or so I hear.

Defeated? That is not the half of it.

The Dark Lord rules this world. The Gospel of Luke itself testifies that all glory and authority over earthly kingdoms was delivered unto Lucifer the Great; and to whomsoever he wills, he gives it.

Not just the Christians, but all mankind, groans beneath the bootheel of the haughty victor. We have been conquered since Eden.

We are behind enemy lines.

The defeat was culminated, almost, when the Pharaoh almost obliterated the mass of undisciplined Hebrew slaves trapped between his chariots and the Red Sea. And again, almost, by the Amelikites, the Philistines, the all-conquering power of Babylon and Nineveh, and then the Greeks, then the Romans, then the Turks.

Christ himself, our master, was crucified, and utterly defeated on Good Friday. He uttered a cry of despair, asking why God had abandoned him, while the Pharisees and lawyers, smiling in the curls of their beards, looked on and mocked, asking why the so called Son of God cannot even save himself from a cross?

His men were scattered, and eleven of the twelve died vile deaths, either by quick cruelty or slow torture.

Under Nero the followers of this defeated folly were burned alive. Under Domitian, Trajan, Marcus Aurelius, Severus, Maximus, Decius, Valerian, Aurelian, Diocletian, the full weight of the world-conquering Roman imperial government, and the cruelest tortures ever devised by man, almost defeated the spirit of this Christ, and stamped out the outrageous danger of women and slaves who pray for their persecutors.

Without a blow struck, the Christian took over the Roman Empire, and baptized it, making Rome itself a holy city to this day. So the defeat was put off for a time.

But Spain was conquered by the Mohammedan, as was Libya and Egypt, the Holy Land, and Asia Minor. Byzantium itself, the unconquerable Imperial seat called Second Rome, fell to the cannons of the paynim.

The defeat in the Holy Land was pushed back for a time by Godfrey of Bouillon, one of the Nine Worthies of legend, but it was not to last. Vikings meanwhile plundered the northern lands, and the Western empire collapsed entirely. The last we saw of King Alfred of Wessex, he was defeated by the Dane, cowering in hiding on the island of Athelney in a swamp. Never mind about the baptism of Guthram. The Turks have pushed into Vienna and are sure to take it, any day now.

Defeat! The great edifice of the Church was split in two when Eastern and Western prelates excommunicated each other over a trivial theological dispute! The Coptic and Nestorian withdrew their fealty, and the Japanese, suffering fearful persecution, were cut off from contact with Rome after the Tokugawa Shogunate made the religion illegal.

Defeat is piled upon defeat! There are more Christian martyrs in this century than in all previous centuries combined.

The Lightworker-in-Chief, President Obama, peace be upon him, whom many men wise in the ways of this world regard as a leader greater than Frederick or Stalin, Napoleon or Caesar, was not able to stop ISIS from commanding vast territory to prepare it for the coming caliphate.

And yet even these are nothing compared with the mass exterminations foretold in the visions of Saint John of Patmos. Dark times are coming, followed by darker times.

The whole thing is worth reading in full. I know that Mr. Wright has a tendency to go on a bit - yes, I know, pot, meet kettle, etc. - but his mastery of wordplay is a remarkable thing to behold. Would that I had but a tenth of his prodigious talents as a writer...

Before we proceed, I must amend a previous statement that I made above, for it is important to do so in order that the rest of what follows can be understood.

The Left is not actually "Godless" - not exactly. They do have a god, but it is not God the Father of Jesus Christ. It is the god of this world, the Prince of Darkness.

Christians do not believe that the Lord of Creation rules over Earth itself. He is Lord, make no mistake, and He created all that we see around us, but He does not rule directly over a world that is Fallen and utterly broken.

Instead, we believe that this world is ruled over by an immortal, prideful, psychopathic, genocidal serial killer and dictator that glories in pain, suffering, and sin. The Lord of Creation cannot intervene directly, because He has chosen to separate Himself from us - He has to, because the Lord is the Truth, He is the Light, and therefore He cannot be in the presence of sin and foulness.

And there can be no question or doubt that we humans are deeply broken and sinful. The only way for the Lord to come into our lives and lift us up, make us better, give us hope, is through an intermediary.

That intermediary is Jesus Christ.

And look at what happened to Him. He was "hung on a cross" and killed by the very people that He came to save.

This is the hardest kind of logic and evidence to accept, and results in a worldview that is extremely black-pilled. No other religion or philosophy has such a dark view of the world - not even the Hindus, with their understanding of Kali Yuga, the last of the four cycles or stages that the world goes through, as it has always gone through, since the dawn of Creation.

As Mr. Wright recounts, in considerable detail, the whole span of human history has given those who love the Truth, and all that it stands for, defeat piled upon defeat, and disaster followed by catastrophe with almost monotonous regularity. The entire span of the last two thousand years appears to be nothing more than one long and terrible series of failures for us.

Yet here we are, nonetheless.

It is easy for us to give into despair. All around us, we are confronted by the reality that everything we believe in is hated and despised. We are faced with defeat on a daily basis. Many of us live lives of grinding pain and misery.

Let's take my own case as an example. I lost my job almost 18 months ago. I had to leave the USA, where I had lived a very comfortable and happy existence in a country that I really loved, because I believe in following the law. I never took welfare while I was there, in any way. I lost everything - my job, my apartment, my friends, my very existence. It was all wiped out.

I had to move back to my country of origin - it is not my "home" in any meaningful sense. I had to move back in with my parents, which is humiliating, to say the least, for a man in his mid-thirties. I was rejected for every single job that I applied for - and those applications numbered well over a hundred.

Everything I had believed to be true, turned out to be wrong. Every value that I held dear, was found to be insufficient, unrealistic, or simply flat-out false. Almost every source of comfort that I had available was removed from me.

It was Hell. It still is. Things haven't really improved that much overall, at least from a material point of view.

Meanwhile, the world around me has gone further and deeper down the shitter.

America is tearing itself apart. The West has lost its strength and moral moorings. The most advanced nations in the world are drowning under the weight of their own self-imposed contradictions.

What kind of man could possibly look upon a world like this one, and conclude that there is any hope whatsoever that truth and sense will prevail?!?

... The kind of man who can believe, as an article of faith, that the Son of God came down into this world, this broken, Fallen, evil, despicable, horrible place, and died for us, and came back from death to show us all that "evil is powerless if the good are unafraid".

Make no mistake: the world is changing, and there are forces at work in it that defy our rational, superficial understanding.

The same man who came up with that quote about the powerlessness of evil held a deep belief in the True Faith. In a legendary speech at the 1964 Republican National Convention, he also quoted another great man before him, Lord Winston Churchill, who once said:

The destiny of man is not measured by material computations. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we’re spirits—not animals…. There’s something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.

Our duty is clear. Our duty is to speak the Truth, no matter what the cost, no matter how difficult it might be, no matter how difficult it is to hear - and it is enormously difficult to hear.

I have personally had to listen to some extremely difficult and painful truths about myself over the past year. It was deeply unpleasant and painful. I am rather ashamed to admit that I would have preferred to spare myself that pain if I could. But it had to happen. There is no doubt about that.

There is only one way to grow into the truth, and it is through work, pain, hard sweat of the mind.

And as you go from the small-t truths of our time to the great Truth of our time - as you take "The God Pill", so to speak - then you will realise very quickly that the broken, Fallen nature of this world is passing and fleeting in nature.

This, again, is hard to believe and understand. As we go through our daily lives, it seems downright ridiculous to think that what we experience is a passing moment.

And yet... that is what it is.

The grinding pain and misery of daily life that we experience is as nothing compared to that which was experienced by the very men who built the greatest nations and empires that the world has ever seen. It is not a coincidence that the greatest nations were predominantly Christian in nature. It is not a coincidence that the True Faith conquered the Roman Empire peacefully, whereas its greatest heresy, Islam, had to conquer everything with fire and sword. And it is not a coincidence that the nations of the world that are the most sickly and broken are the very ones that have turned their faces away from Christ Jesus and His Truth.

The reality is that the glory of the Lord cannot ever be diminished or destroyed by anything that we puny humans can do. His Truth will make itself felt, no matter what we might have to say on the subject. And if we cannot see it, or accept it, then that is our problem.

He sent His Son to die for us. That Son was resurrected in the full glory of the Lord, and ever since then, His Truth has marched relentlessly all over the face of this broken Earth.

If that does not give us hope... what will? What can?

So do not despair, do not give in to nihilism, and do not be afraid. Speak the truth, wherever you can - and be open to truths about yourself, no matter how deeply unpleasant it might be. The truth always wins in the end - precisely because it is true - and your most important choice always comes down to this:

Will you accept the truth, and possibly die on your feet?

Or will you refuse and succumb to lies, and certainly live on your knees?


  1. Eduardo the Magnificent18 August 2019 at 13:59

    Hemmingway said "A man can be destroyed but not defeated."

    Is not God greater than man? We are told by the Word that the Kingdom of God cannot be destroyed. Who can destroy it? Mortals? A fallen angel? Peer pressure?

    We should not be fearful of the fight ahead. We should be grateful for the opportunity to give glory to the Lord.


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