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The Black Mass and Gay Marriage

I am a free market guy. I am a everybody should mind his own business guy. Which puts me in an odd spot, because I am also a “we should have moral laws” guy. And a, “vote as a way to love thy neighbor” guy. Dr. Peter Kreeft says that a good society is simply a society which makes it easy for citizens to be good.

That being said, if a bunch of perverts in California want gay marriage legalized, let them vote on it at the local and state level. We don’t need a national law mandating that every state recognize the tyrannical will of a few million Leftist on the West Coast. I like small laws, with small jurisdictions- in a word Federalism.

Which brings me to the Black Mass. As the name implies the Black Mass is a satanic occult ritual meant to parody the Catholic Mass. They take communion with actual flesh and real blood. They meet at midnight. They have priests, etc. In 1969 Anton Lavey opened the First Church of Satan in San Francisco. (Who would have guessed?) The Devil you say? Yes, I do.

The Black Mass predates the church of Satan, really any organized devil worship in America, and originated in 19th Century Europe. Some American Founding Fathers were involved in a quasi-cult they termed “the Hell Fire Club”, but these had more to do with illicit sex parties than devil worship. The bottom line is that Black Mass and most devil worship ceremonies take elements from legitimate Christian worship practices.

The Black Mass is a mockery of the sacred. It apes and mimics holy elements of Church meant to magnify God, many of which are God instituted, warping and bending them out of form to fit an unholy, scoffing, and damnable false religion. The Black Mass mirrors, far from being an original concept in its own, can only do what the Devil does- counterfeit the good.

 

Legitimate, God instituted, marriage has a strict form and structure- it is between a man and a woman. A man may marry a young girl, but he may not marry a child. A man may marry an unlearned, even an unintelligent woman, but he may not marry a mental defective. There are rules. Rules that have shaped and structured human civilization since the beginning. And, God blessed this thing called marriage, and He made it holy. The consummation of such is the way that God continues His human making campaign.

 

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth… -Genesis 1:26-28

 

Christianity teaches that males and females, made in the image of God, exemplify that image when they come together and “The two shalll become one flesh”. God’s image shines through the male female dynamic, one gender alone does not accomplish the Image of God. As such, it has been inferred, that male female marriage is an act of worship, one that entails its own set of sacraments, rites, and liturgies.

To pervert marriage is to pervert worship. To establish a false marriage is to establish a false religion. Gay marriage is to authentic marriage, what the Black mass is to authentic Christian worship. A perversion. A mockery. A way to scoff at the created order instituted by the Creative Orderer. It looks like the real McCoy, but they are as different as good and evil. (Indeed evil is an absence of what is good, and gay marriage is an absence of the image of God fully realized.)

I would not advise Christians to find and burn down all the Satanic worship sites. Nor would I recommend disrupting or protesting a gay wedding ceremony. Our weapons of warfare are spiritual. We pray. We fast. We are meant to weep for the sins of our neighbors. We bless our enemies. It is the Jesus Method for becoming a public nuisance. But, like Jesus, we will be able to ask, “for which one of these good things” do you hate me?

As Christians we oppose it, not out of bitter malice, but because God’s ways are the ways of life. To alter from that course is to collide head on with Death, in all of its sinister guises. We are looked at as busybodies and worse, bigots. I find that odd.

Nobody ever calls the lifeguard a busybody. He’s been set there to enforce the parameters of safe swimming, and haul your lifeless corpse out of the drink, hopefully to resuscitate you, should you go under. Nobody asks him to kindly mind his own business.

Socialism and the Shire

Socialism could work. Hey, as long as I’m talking make believe let’s chat about the Lord of the Rings!

J.R.R. Tolkien first described the precinct of the Hobbits, The Shire, as “a district of well ordered business”. If any description best encapsulates The Shire, then that is it. Each Hobbit attended to his own affairs, but also looked to bring something of value to his neighbors. This is the heart of ethical capitalism. Look for problems to solve, or needs to meet, exert your efforts to produce such or do so, and, in so doing, provide for one’s own livelihood and that of one’s family.

The Shire works because neighbors depend on one another’s hard work. Each has a role, and is expected to exert effort for the benefit of himself and others. There are gaffers and millers and “shirrifs” and such, but there are no grifters, panhandlers, swindlers or wolves. Sure, Tolkien describes the envy one family member feels towards the Bag End Bagginses, but such things are bound to be. Make no mistake, though there are no Hobbits on welfare. And isn’t that wonderful?

The Shire is an enclave, protected by high thorny hedges and surrounded by bucolic prairie lands. As such, the Hobbits had gradually forgotten the outside lands. They forgot that there are enemies out there in the world. They were insulated, safe, and comfortable- and this made them complacent. They took for granted that all communities would be ruled by such order, reason, and mutual beneficence, rather than tyranny, might, and thralldom. If an enemy did arise, would a Hobbit even be able to tell before it was too late?

Enter Sharky. Those who have only seen the films, may not recognize the character, for indeed he does not appear in any of them. In the books, a recurring theme between Frodo and Samwise is the mutual love of The Shire and a desire to return to its peaceful pastures and knolls. But, Sharky gets there first. And, he isn’t just an ordinary usurper, he is Saurumon the fallen Istari. Sharky may have had his intrinsic Mayar powers stripped away, but Gandalf left him one weapon yet- his tongue.

With nothing more than words and deceit Sharky despoils the Shire, enslaves the Hobbits, and uses men to intimidate and imprison any would be dissenters. The four Hobbits arrive to find their beloved home enthralled by the disgraced wizard. It smites heavily upon them, because “it comes home to you, as they say” that the last battle, of that epoch in Middle Earth, would be for their homes, families, neighbors, and native land.

I have thought for a while that America is much like the Shire. Our political and economic systems have been fairly stable. Violence is on the decline. The specter of racism, Pre-Obama, had all but been vanquished. We were a nation of “well ordered business”. Communism and Socialism and National Socialism had never taken root here, and so, we supposed, that is how it would always be.

Then came Senator Sharky Sanders, whispering his sweet promises of free medicare (it only costs 32 Trillion) and free college for all (it only costs 75 Billion). One wonders why they don’t just offer free ice cream, as well. We unsuspecting Hobbits heard these promises, and for most of us, we heeded them not. We were not alarmed, nor did we sense treachery. Most of us just ignored it. Many of us are not even aware of the terrible toll Socialism has taken on Venezuela, let alone the communist countries in the Far East.

Just as Saurumon had Wormtongue, Sanders has Ocasio-Cortez, a socialist sycophant who’s major accomplishment in life is her Quinceañera. But, she too has a tongue. She’s hailed as the next savior of the Democrat party, as many who voted for Obama cast ballots for Trump. It seems there is no room in the D party for moderates. Now, Sharky and Grima want to bring the same failed economic and political systems to our shores. It is not a Ring of power that Sanders or Ocasio-Cortez will turn to, but rather foreign interlopers, just as did Sharky and Wormtongue. They will be using Russian rubles and Chinese yuan, despite their hypocrital cries of “Collusion!”. They have already been using Soros money, for years, to get the job done.

The Hobbits are not easily duped, but they are easily controlled. They know what’s right, but they lack the might to withstand such powerful onslaughts. It will take battle hardened warriors to rally our wearied friends, neighbors, and countrymen, and lead them into the fray. Whether that be on Facebook or Main Street, Christians and our Conservative and Libertarian allies, must continue to expose the Left for the bankrupt (it will quite literally leave us broke) system of lies and hate that it is. They hope to scour the Shire, but together we can send them packing.

We fight them with our prayers and with our love and with our reason. We fight them by starting businesses and hiring young people to work in them, instilling our entrepreneurial ethics along the way. We fight them by strengthening our churches and Ladies’ Auxiliary. We fight them by having them over for coffee and cakes.

I’m suggesting radical intentionality. If you want to be a radical, you’ll need to act like the Cleavers. People need to see princes like Aragorn and ladies like Arwen. You’ll need to spit polish your spiritual armor and gird your loins for peace. How can Marx hope to stand up to the disarming gentility and wisdom of Gandalf?

“The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single sentence: Hate the man who is better off than you are. Never under any circumstances admit that his success may be due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution he has made to the whole community. Always attribute his success to the exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robbery of others. Never under any circumstances admit that your own failure may be owing to your own weakness, or that the failure of anyone else may be due to his own defects – his laziness, incompetence, improvidence, or stupidity.” -Henry Hazlitt