Back in June I wrote:
I have recently [June 2012] thought about addressing the questions if Christians are to be militant traditionalists or accept the fall of Christendom? I think that, even if the end of times may not to be associated with the fall of Christendom and the decline of European culture, we can still see the anti-Christian culture as a gift from God. Hostility maybe eventual persecutions, are part of a purifying suffering which we should not refuse, and for which we should be prepared. One of the biggest evils, if not the biggest, of social-democracy, socialism and communism is that they think government ought to eliminate suffering and make us happy. But this is not true, not only because happiness is to be protected, not provided, but because it is precisely through happiness that man becomes self-sufficient. Being completely happy and self-sufficient is either pretending, or a loss of one’s humanity. It is unnatural for man not to suffer, not to feel incomplete, and it is often those things that make us long for our Creator. So, if Europe is to stop mourning, the Church will have to distance itself from it, for she shall continue to mourn, pray and long for God.
It is very interesting that some people today in the Church don’t just see the end of a dying civilization, but also the end of the world. I think that we must reflect on a few things on this topic.
First of all, is the end of the world a good thing? From a Christian perspective, it is, since the marriage of heaven and earth is the best possible thing for earth – God is the best possible thing for us, humans, and we will be in his presence.
Second, are the prophesies in Scripture really talking about our times? While I think that certain signs happen today – for example some people rightly suspect thought-control to be the sign of the beast. But we should also be skeptical of these thoughts – for two reasons.
The first reason is – isn’t it a false alert? Maybe we are just a pocket of a longer earthly history – and the suspicions we have are the same as those of the early Christians who expected, for example, the Antichrist to be a Roman emperor. Chiliast in the early centuries gave up this belief for the reason that Constantine, a Roman emperor, became a Christian and no longer persecuted the Church. The Byzantine empire that came from his empire became the first great Christian State/country in history.
The second reason is that some of the prophesies that we read (for example in Matthew 24) apply to events that already happened (namely in this case the destruction of the Second temple). So some of the language that talks about destruction is about past events. Other verses even speak about liturgy – especially when it talks about and cites hymns and doxologies.
Maybe we should be careful not to repeat the errors of the early, and since then we have had these false alerts many times – like some Russian peasants during the October Revolution of 1917.
Also, traditionalist Western Christians should be a little less worried about the liberalization inside their own churches.
I firmly believe that they may survive like the Russian Old Believers have survived until today, and nowadays more of the latter are coming back into communion with the Moscow Patriarchate. While it may be ecumenically impolite to say it, they may actually try to revise their attachments to Aristotle and Augustine and seek a link to Eastern Christians. I think, for example, that the twentieth century made the Catholic view of Hell more patristic than it was before.
I think they should preserve their ecclesial bodies from the State by eventually going underground and even surviving persecutions, for the blood of the martyrs are the seed of the Church. We have failed to preserve Christendom (and that’s why I am a not conventional conservative but reactionary), and they shouldn’t sacrifice their churches to fight for a return of Christendom to people who obey and believe what liberals tell them. I believe a Great Awakening, whether after persecutions or not, is the best way to rechristianize the West. An existential awakening should come, for man, today, has been set free, but is everywhere in bondage.
Christianization and Christendom shouldn’t be, nevertheless, ends in themselves but fruits from the ministry that Christians bear to the world. We aren’t to go to a political crusade and impose a Christian Sharia, we aren’t even (at least primarily) to go to a cultural crusade and to redeem traditional humanity. We are, above all, to conquer the hearts of men for Christ.
I conclude with only these words:
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.