Again the devil took him up into a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them, and said to him: All these I will give thee, if falling down thou wilt adore me. Then Jesus saith to him: Begone, Satan: for it is written, The Lord thy God shalt thou adore, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil left him; and behold angels came and ministered to him.
—The Gospel of Saint Matthew 4:8-11
This wisdom of Jesus and the Bible in general has never ceased to amaze me. There are those who claim that its passages and teachings are antiquated and not relevant in the modern world. The ideas that give rise to this claim are as alien to me as visitors from deep space whose origins are of another time and dimension. It holds no less true for National Refomationism; that there are those who claim it is now irrelevant in modernity. One should always remember that these claims come from those who wish them to be irrelevant. From our perspective, National Refomationism has never been more relevant than it is today. The truth is that it is relevant to us because we wish to destroy the current system. For those who wish to perpetuate the current system our ideas are irrelevant. They are afraid of the things that we propose. Why is it, the reader might ask, that Christendom’s fate seems so bound up and indeed traveling a trajectory so parallel to that of National Refomationism? The answer to this question is a proof and lifts the veil on a war that is being fought in the world, in our workplaces, in the halls of government, and ultimately in our minds.
The quote referenced from the Gospel of Saint Matthew illustrates a main theme of Jesus’ ministry. Namely, that there are in fact two worlds completely at odds with each other. I can hardly be credited with having been the first to bring this theological theme to light. After all, it was that titan of Christian theology and progenitor of western thought, Saint Augustine, who elaborated beautifully on the subject in his magnum opus City of God. In his book Saint Augustine expounded upon the idea that there were two cities. The City of God and the City of Man. Broadly speaking, Jesus and Augustine showed through actions and words that indeed there are two interests. The interests of God or the spirit and the interests of the world and that the two do not agree and that they cannot co-exist. These two kingdoms or worlds as it were are in fact at constant war with one another, locked in a death-match for the fate of mankind and civilization itself. The fact that we can see this being played out in our daily lives and the world around us in the ideas we either espouse or abhor, and the fact that a little known jewish carpenter from Nazareth turned miracle worker and messiah brought this to our attention 2,000 years ago should bring shivers down your spine. These worlds however, are identified somewhat differently than the ordinary and simplistic version of good and evil. That contrast is as old as time immemorial. Jesus, a bit later in Mathew, would again take up this theme but this time in his words and brings the concept to a more acute point. “No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24. The fact that this teaching was one that held great importance for Jesus and the apostles is attested to by the fact that it is again expounded upon in the book of James. “Adulterers, know you not that the friendship of this world is the enemy of God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of this world, becometh an enemy of God.” James 4:4. James shows that friendliness with the world is in fact infidelity to God whom according to Saint Irenaeus is wholly intellect, wholly spirit, wholly light, though he is nothing like the light that we know. Extrapolated to a more general meaning we can infer from Irenaeus that God, as a theoretical entity, represents the sublime. God represents a set of higher values that transcends the material and the world. Thus, participation in the one would mean infidelity to the other.
And now we have already uncovered for the reader the abridging qualities of Christianity and National Refomationism. Namely, an adherence to a higher set of values and principles other than worldly materialistic things. Both systems of thought and philosophies take more into consideration than mammon; which means nothing more than money. Both systems therefore, have found themselves on the wrong side of history and the dominant system of thought in the western world and much of the rest of the world. If we viewed the western world as a test tube filled with culture before the enlightenment we would have seen more or less one homogeneous color and chemical. When liberalism however, was added to the test tube, the two chemicals did not blend but rather separated. Liberalism settled on the top and has slowly eaten away at the culture on the bottom for 500 years. National Refomationism can be seen as a reaction to this eradication of the chemical that was forced to settle under the corrosive nature and weight of the one that was poured on top of it. Thus, Christianity and National Refomationism found and find themselves fighting the same fight. The illiberal against the liberal. The City of God against The City of Man. The spirit against the world.
Liberalism is a spirit that possessed the minds of men during the enlightenment. Generally we can say that there are three facets of liberalism. The head and progenitor of all the faces however, is the liberalization of markets. This is nothing less than the deification of mammon. Money is above all the only thing worth pursuit in liberalism which begat capitalism. They are in fact one and the same. Was this not the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them that Satan himself tested Jesus with? Of course it is. Liberalism then can be equated with the ideology of the world. And it is anathema to the Christian conception of God.
The fact that the liberalization of markets has resulted in social liberalization is all too clear to those who look carefully for the agents of liberalism are now saying it openly. “He who has ears, let him hear”. Matthew 11:15. It is indicative of the fact that they believe they no longer have any credible opposition. The pursuit of money above all else corrodes and destroys all other values in the end. For hundreds of years the corrosive nature was indeed slow. Neighbors lived far away from each other and technology had not yet allowed the speed and ease of transmitting ideas. However, when technology did catch up the world wars were the result. With the end of World War 2 the debate of national sovereignty had been settled. The liberalization of markets and thus the deification of mammon could now proliferate the western world. International governing bodies were set up and now the erosion of the one chemical in the test tube by the other accelerated to a frightening speed. In the span of 74 years we have gone from deciding national sovereignty to questioning if gender is even part of one’s identity. For liberalism, the remnants of the old order it began to eat away at 500 years ago has to be completely destroyed in order to set civilization on the new trajectory. This is why liberalism and capitalism to the National Reformationist must be his or her greatest enemy. Social liberalism is the logical result of the liberalization of markets. The World Economic Forum has boldly proclaimed “In the words of the UN, the fight against homophobia is now, more than ever, a “development imperative”. By forging an internal culture of inclusion that transcends national policies yet is aware of them, companies have a tremendous opportunity to leverage their global influence to shape socio-economic progress”. And again the World Economic Forum states “The waste of human and economic potential is immense. A report by Out Now estimates the US economy could add an extra $9 billion a year if companies improved their ability to retain LGBT talent through the implementation of inclusive policies. Countries where such policies do not exist are missing out: The World Bank estimates India is losing $32 billion a year in economic output precisely because of widespread discrimination against LGBT people”. From these excerpts a few words that represent values should jump out at the reader. Waste, potential, development, inclusion, opportunity, leverage, influence, and socio-economic progress. These are the values of liberalism. These are the values of capitalism. These are the values of the world, of the city of man, of the kingdom of Satan. Not a solitary word is mentioned of family, of God, of peace, or culture, of traditions, values, of morality or even of humanity. These international bodies are deciding our nation’s economic and social policies and they have done so through the liberalization of markets first and foremost. The wisdom of the Bible should shine through to the reader now more than ever. We National Reformationists hold on to the values that fly in the face of liberalism and capitalism with the ferocity and religiosity of the saints to the message of the cross. This war of the worlds as spoken of in the Bible plays out in our politics as National Reformationists today. This is why the Bible is all the more relevant today and along with it the relevance of National Refomationism. Those of us who have reacted against the excesses and baseness of liberalism find ourselves fighting the world that Jesus and the apostles spoke of. This cabal of snakes believe themselves to be doing the best for mankind; which makes them all the more dangerous. By forever increasing productivity and therefore profits they believe they are benefiting mankind in the most unbiased of ways. Ultimately, it comes down to a system of values. They value money and money alone. They have dethroned the true God with the false idol of money. Christianity and National Refomationism therefore, clearly share a similar fight. The world of the spirit against the world of the material or simply the spirit against the world. Do not expect for our enemies to realize the error of their ways. For even Satan believes himself to be righteous.