One could argue this is a pre-Gospel sentiment. On the other hand…
This past Thursday was the ugliest day in our nation’s history, in my humble opinion. Back on Facebook as Paul Murray after 8 years away, I posted this on my wall; Eight years ago, I got off Facebook. I had a friend convince to come back on which I did two weeks ago. I found my friends on the Right happy, caring, and sharing. I found my friends on the Left bitter, angry, and expelling. Yesterday I watched the latter devolve into a monster…a mob thirsty for the blood of a man. Innocent or guilty, you didn’t care. It’s not Judge Kavanaugh who needs our prayers…it’s you. My post received the responses you’d expect. My friends who lean to the Right welcomed me back, while my friends on the Left took umbrage. One of them who I love as a life-long friend messaged me privately, explaining her position, making her case, and affirming our friendship. I replied, “(Friend), we are at war. You need to pick your side. Know that I love you.”
As I mentioned in last week’s SMTU, I am in the middle of writing “Life After K****a” as my daily book-like letter to an “old flame”. In yesterday’s Chapter 12, I recounted my transformation from wandering singer-songwriter to Oath Keeper, as a pivotal moment of realizing my purpose and self-identifying (forgive the term) as a Sheepdog. Because I do believe, as Chris Kyle’s father taught him as a young boy, “There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn’t exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn’t know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep. Then you’ve got predators, who use violence to prey on the weak. They’re the wolves. And then there are those blessed with the gift of aggression, an overpowering need to protect the flock. These men are the rare breed who live to confront the wolf. They are the sheepdog.” All three were on display around the events in Washington on Thursday. Soros’ Wolf PAC looking to devour the Kavanaugh name and family. The Senator who finally found his inner Sheepdog, Lindsay Graham. And the many, like my Liberal friend, who’ve taken the side of the Wolf…as disturbingly ironic as that may seem.
And the ravenous wolves are circling the flocks in both Church and State my friends. Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky writes in his recent article Thinking the Unthinkable, “People, priests, and bishops need not shrink from the obligation to defend the Faith. We should consider it a privilege: Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, ‘I believed, and so I spoke,’ we too believe, and so we speak.’” (2 Cor. 4:13) Although I appreciated Rev. Pokorsky calling attention to the letter of the law, as it were, I felt there is something of great importance lacking in our social fabric at all levels. And so, I commented:
Effective “Leadership” doesn’t get the column space it deserves here. Would love to see Robert, David, Fr. Schall, or any other of the great TCT writers tackle it here. Because I believe it goes to the heart of our Church crisis. If one really thinks about football coaches, army generals, and popes; one should realize that the team mission of the first two is winning, while the team mission of the third is surrender…losing ourselves in Him. But aren’t the qualities of good leadership the same in all three? I had lunch with a Catholic millennial yesterday. I should preface this with the question, “is this person Christian in name only?” Which of course, I did not ask him. But he surprised me, as a young Conservative, by telling me he thought the Pope was doing a “good job”. We’ve all heard the arguments to support his view…which I did not attempt to change. But I did make a mental note that he was not around to experience the Lions of Leadership like Lombardi, Patton, or Leo Xlll, or the timber of a Fulton Sheen. These qualities are depleted in us the way nutrients are lacking in poorly managed farm land. Although I would argue that we see them in President Trump…who hired ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis. How blessed would be our Church to see these qualities restored? I can feel your laughter here, but I am serious. Good leaders are followed, but great leaders inspire devotion and sacrifice. The #1 quality of effective leadership is integrity…I’ll leave you to judge whether or not it exists in the present hierarchy.
Warring as a soldier and warring as a Christian can seem at odds with each other, but a willingness to do so in both arenas is absolutely essential to the survival of our Western Civilization. Good pastors fight to keep the truth and spirit of the Gospel alive in times like these. It’s important to realize that warring doesn’t necessarily imply physical engagement. We can battle just as effectively by writing a Letter to the Editor, as we can by standing up against Antifa at Free Speech Rallies. It’s a matter of our individual calling. Some of us, like myself, may choose to do both. Very interestingly, since I’ve learned how to defend myself from physical attack I haven’t had to. I believe there is a psychic aura we exude when we possess confidence, intention, and determination. You can see these things in the eyes. You can see fear in the eyes as well. Bullies look for these things, as do wolves. Many if not most who have threatened me for standing up, have turned out to be more jackal than wolf when their bluff is called.
My old friend thrust the dagger through the heart of our life-long friendship with the following words, “I stand with the Left unequivocally.” Unfortunately, she is unable to see that the Left/Right relationship has moved into the realm of war where coexistence is no longer possible because she has affixed herself to an ideology that forces the rest of us to deny natural law, order, and the fundamental truths in life. The Left loves the idea of coexistence because they have relieved themselves from intellectual accountability, and they’ve become addicted to setting and following their own rules…and bullying others to do the same…for our own good of course. And for far too long, my friends on the Right have played along, keeping their heads down, unwilling to challenge their increasing demands.
War seems inevitable here. The Sheepdog-in-Chief has shown us how effectively he has managed to keep the wolves at bay. The question is, are there enough of us willing to follow his lead, realize our true friends, call the spade a spade, and return to truth in the Word?
‘I prefer peace, but if trouble must come, let it be in my time that my children may know peace.’ ~ Thomas Paine