The Sin of Pure Religiosity

“There are millions of quotes about realpolitik, how a lie told often enough becomes the truth, how force determines the conditions of life, but all boil down to the same thing: If you are losing, it is because you are not strong enough, and complaining is not going to help fix that.”
– Anonymous
Despite all the very intellectual and wise treatises on power and the nature of power, most are shocked – absolutely shocked – that reading those and becoming all-so-knowledgeable about the hidden machinations of what’s really going on does not remove the boot of the system from their throat.
Some of these people overcome their shock and set forward to the intricate task of bringing forward our great ideals in their lives and the lives of those around them. Others turn to nihilism and irony, and there are even those who parade their costumed followers in front of cameras to assuage their feelings of helplessness. A few take the route of counterproductive political violence, showing more loyalty and dedication to their own ego than a National Revolution.
None of those are the subject of this article. Rather, we will discuss a different sort of man – the man who retreats into the vices of a half-feigned religiosity when confronted with the reality of the hard struggle for power. Only those who retreat into intellectualism are of a lower type.
Religiosity and devotion to the Divine sphere of life is a virtue; I am a practicing Orthodox Christian myself. What is absolutely outrageous are those who use devotion to the Divine as an excuse to abandon the material struggle and their duty to their race.
At its most basic level, this is a cope, an escape into the immaterial realm when one is faced with the difficulty of the material situation we find ourselves in.
To paraphrase an Orthodox seminarian  who was instrumental to bringing me fully into the faith, we stand with all the worldly accomplishments of our ancestors on our shoulders. Everyone who came before us is dead. If we do not secure a future for our people, if we do not ensure that our children grow up to be capable and devoted bearers of this legacy, they too will die. Their virtue may live on in heaven, but their worldly institutions will be gone. Their people – your people – will be gone.
The fate of our people if we fail is not in question. There are real consequences to such an outcome. Real sufferings. A man sins if he fails to protect his family from harm, especially when that failure is for cowardly self-preservation. When one becomes aware of the great threats posed to his civilization (which includes his family) and does nothing, he sins by ignoring them. This is a mortal sin – he have a duty to fight that threat, and he are failing that duty.
Mortal sins are grounds for eternal damnation.
Those who renounce involvement in the White Right in favor of just going to Church and trying to eke out an existence under the System’s boot are scum. They do not live what is worthy of being called life, only the existence of an animal who escaped death by submission.
The material struggle and the immaterial struggle are inseparable; just as the axiom goes, action is meaningless without ideology, ideology is pointless with action. So too is the material sphere meaningless without the immaterial, and vice versa.
Seeking to escape “the movement” – whatever it may be – for the idyllic life of a happy church-going family is first and foremost treason to that family. It is your abrogation of your duty to your progeny.
It is true that things are less idyllic in the real world than in your fantasies. It is true that there are unpleasant elements in “the movement”. It is also true that the ultimate success of our struggle is necessary to the protection of your family and your community; it is your duty to bear it despite the presence of those unpleasant elements. The faithful need not agree with every bit of rhetoric, every casual thought and action of our (friendly or not) allies. We must simply trust that our shared cause is a noble one in the eyes of God, and as such a personal distaste for certain people does not take precedence over your obligation – allowing that distaste to rule you is the ultimate form of egotism.
Abandoning the struggle, for any reason, is among the worst sins that a man can make. You cannot accomplish your telos as a Christian without a wholehearted embrace of our political – that is to say material – struggle.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Alfonz Cavalier says:

    I see your point, but there’s an irony to berating fellow Christians who withdraw from worldly affairs to focus on their faith for not taking action while not actually suggesting what actions should be taken yourself. What are you doing, exactly? Organizing another Charlottesville?

    I agree that Christians have a responsibility to get involved in public affairs, especially local politics where they can actually make a difference, and also in instructing the ignorant, guiding sinners towards virtue etc. I just don’t see what you’re actually suggesting as a remedy for our current problems, or what you mean by tangible action. Is organization and preparation in private, stockpiling resources etc not enough? Activism and electoral politics do not, at present, offer anything but humiliation and failure to the right.

    Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s. There’s only so much we can control. We’re not called to activism, but to the cross.

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  2. Spooky N says:

    Seems like SuperLutheran is getting dunked on hard.

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    1. Boy, I pissed off a lot of people, didn’t I?
      But I never said don’t do anything. Never said retreat into pseudo-intellectualism or pseudo-religion.
      If this guy had me in mind, he didn’t really read the article.

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