Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. ~ Matthew 6:19-20
Kipling’s “If” is key to the race well run here. Solzhenitsyn’s is the key to the door of Heaven.
Every single one of us reading these words has a relationship with truth. But which relationship is it? Is it the one with the embarrassing uncle we tolerate on family holidays when we have no choice…or the boss we charm and flatter because he signs our paycheck…The beautiful woman we’re afraid to say hello to…Is it one of the many we date, telling each they’re the one…our best friend, or our worst enemy? Or, is it the one that finally brings the precious sound of every tumbler in our heart finally clicking into place? We make it easy for truth to elude us because it is in our nature to elude it, while at the same time we are restless until we find it. In every case the pursuit is frustrating and difficult, and the finding is both painful and liberating. As long as there are hours in a day, blood in your veins, and air in your lungs, never ever give up the search…or settle for anything less.
WARNING ~ Be prepared. Following Solzhenitsyn’s advice in today’s world will cost you more than you thought you had, but never who you are…au contraire my friend.
In the last century women (Rosie the Riveter) built weapons over here for men to fight wars with over there. Today’s men hide in foxholes of effeminacy as war rages on their doorsteps while the truth warrior sustains the vicious fire of demonetization-soon to be-criminalization and worse for defending, aiding and abetting truth on the last great battlefield here at home.
Meet today’s man Brad, leader of a local troop of the institution once known as the Boy Scouts of America. When I questioned him as to how he could possibly be ok with caving to the Leftists by dropping “Boy” from the title, he first felt the need to provide his manly credentials: I’m a martial artist, my son plays rugby and football, and I have a house full of man toys and the call Of the wild, white fang, etc. You and your tribe make a lot of assumptions. I find the constant need to defend myself against spurious assumptions offensive. The oath keepers don’t have a monopoly on manliness…I have a PhD from Stanford. Then he proceeded to justify his surrender:
Well, in a lot of ways. I’ll list them below. It’s not comprehensive, but it’s a long list. Wasn’t my choice, by the way, but I’m ok with it. Here goes:
(1)BSA is part of the international scouting movement. In most countries, including the countries most like us (England and Canada), scouting is co-ed. Has been for years. Decades, actually. Baden Powell set up girl guides
(2)The troops won’t be mixed. Girls won’t be camping with boys. Except…
(3)Girls are already in the BSA. Venturing is a co-Ed program for boys and girls 14-21, and it’s pretty successful. There were girls at this year’s jamboree, and the one before that, and the one before that… girls have been in BSA in various forms since 1971
(4)Women are already a core part of scouting leadership. In our own council, Donna is beloved by all—mother of several Eagle Scouts, runs things up at camp nooteeming… we already have to account for boy and girl separation at both the youth (see 3) and adult level
(5)This more reflects the fact that GSA and BSA are in no way connected with each other, and GSA is basically a very different organization. My daughter prefers to stay in GSA, but she already goes to a school that is very hands on with tools hiking nature identification etc so she’s not lacking in outdoor time. But GSA isn’t bsa, and many parents (of bsa scouts) wanted the option for leadership, fitness, citizenship, character building that bsa offers and GSA offers differently.
(6)This was driven by people who are in scouting now. They basically said it would be a whole lot easier in terms of time management if my family could stay together for big trips.
It’s kind of a big change, but not really. In the end, they will be kept separate (mostly). There are no merit badges that are changing, standards aren’t changing, the mission isn’t changing. I’m ok with it. But I’ll ask you back—are you ok with the filth being spewed about the new “69” badge* by every other commenter on the Fox News page? Scouting isn’t now, and never was, about sex ed. I have no idea if any of my scouts are gay, I wouldn’t ask them and it wouldn’t come up. We monitor them closely already (they are teenagers with access to knives and fire, it is a terrible idea NOT to keep tabs on them), and we already have processes in place to keep sexual activity out of scouts. It is focused on character, citizenship, and fitness. So how is it ok to call America’s young girls whores in the making because they want to earn the citizenship in the world merit badge and not sell cookies?
* I have no idea what he’s talking about, do you?
The opening sentence of my June 3rd, 2017 Baptismal Testimony: I have spent my entire life tracking something with the intensity, obsession and focus of a starved hunter on the trail of the most elusive game of all, which as it turns out to be…is Truth in the modern world. And if and when we decide to remain in the hunt, we will never find words of armor more powerful with which to gird ourselves than these:
Start being brave about everything. Drive out darkness and spread light. Don’t look at your weaknesses. Realize instead that in Christ crucified you can do everything. And of what should we be afraid? Our captain on this battlefield is Christ Jesus. We have discovered what we have to do. Christ has bound our enemies for us and weakened them that they cannot overcome us unless we so choose to let them. So we must fight courageously and mark ourselves with the sign of the most Holy Cross.
Because Dear Friend…
Human beings become mere numbers for the state bureaucracy to meddle with in its quest for an earthly utopia. In this schema, the individual exists for the benefit of the state. The state becomes a new God, with politics the religion. Political opponents are evil incarnate, and faux moral outrage displaces sane political discourse. “Two Ways of Life”
Men like Brad are exactly how and why “Human beings become mere numbers for the state…”. www.oathkeepers.org