Saturday, October 25, 2008

So, how's that Thousand-Year Reich thing working for you?

I remember some posts last year, over at MCJ, discussing the probable future of The Episcopal Organiation. Everyone agreed on the basics: the headlines would be captured by the departures of dioceses and parishes, but underneath those arresting events would be a steady obbligato of departures by individuals, mostly believing Christians and their families, while the laggards in the pews grow steadily older and lonelier. There was disagreement, however, on how long it would take for TEO to finally die: ten years, 15 years, another generation, or maybe never.

The skeptics pointed to the mountain of money under the squatters occupying the premises of the former Christian Church and stated that this would NEVER run out. No matter what happened, there would always be enough money to keep the usurpers in cozy lunches and stylish vestments, so they were safe from the bad consequences of their apostacy and degeneracy.

What do we see now, however, but an understated report that TEO is frittering away its inheritance on legal adventures, and suddenly has to worry about paying the bills. The downturn in the stock market has wiped out 30% of its wealth - all those investments that were supposed to bankroll comfortably the "winners" have turned to dust before their eyes.

Most of the time, I watch the news with a sort of scornful shake of the head and sarcastic comment, but occasionally I share the feelings of The Anchoress:
But then again, folks, you know what I always say - everything happens for a reason. There is a reason that this untried, unprepared, not-especially-glib-after-all man has been thrust into such extraordinary prominence at this time. There is a reason why so much seems to be coming together to work in his favor. There is a reason why world markets are collapsing just before this very important election, and why they will continue to do at least until after the vote.
What that reason is? Who can say?
I do get almost a superstitious feeling sometimes, that none of these things is accidental, and that God is doing something He doesn't do that often: writing us a message, in bigger and bigger letters, with more and more underlines, so that we can't ignore it, no matter how hard we try.

It feels like something is coming to an end, and it's like listening to a symphony where all the familiar themes are having their final turn onstage before being wrapped up. Even TEO is getting its little turn, as its theme twitters out in a tiny flurry of piccolo notes - an almost comical inversion of the grand, solemn organ themes that it played over the past centuries. It just seems strangely uncoincidental that when the debauched and degraded libertines who had been starving resentfully outside the church doors gathered their courage and made a final, bold push to break down the doors and rush inside and take over - at the moment of triumph, suddenly the prize in their grabbing fists began to crumble and fall around them in ruins. What they've scrabbled and trampled to grab first - real estate and property - are the very things that are at the center of the wound now bleeding the U.S. economy. The proud citadel of their revolution is a church on Wall Street, where their wealth is daily dissolving before their eyes.

There are so many Biblical examples to reflect on, it would be hard to list them all. Belshazzar's Feast. 1 Thessalonions 5:3 - "While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape." Luke 19:26 'I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away.' The hollow men and women who "own" TEO now are the ones who have nothing - no faith, no discernment, no humility, no shame. And so even the dirt they hug to themselves is being taken away.

1 Comments:

Blogger TLF+ said...

Breathtaking, Dr. Thanks for this insight.

10:37 am  

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