Sunday morning, after Divine Liturgy and coffee hour at church, I drove 2 hours to meet with a couple like-minded men–one that I’d met before, and one that I hadn’t. We smoked our pipes and talked about farming, hunting, St. John Chrysostom, rifles, pipe tobaccos, and how to reach out and help other men. I enjoyed myself immensely.
Naturally, one of the topics that came up was the previous days “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. We discussed whether it was overall positive or negative. We discussed why right-wing activism is doomed in our current environment, and why it might have been better to have the unannounced torch-light rally the night before, but then just not show up for the advertised rally. We talked about the priestesses of satan that had showed up to express the devil’s disapproval of the rally. And we talked about what the proper path is for Christians.
Activism is useless, we seemed to agree. But what is the path for the Christian? Surely the ultimate quietism, working for virtue and order only in your own home, as you watch the surrounding society become more and more degenerate is not the answer. Yet that’s where I’ve largely ended up by default. Where is the quietism that grows and spreads? Definitely not in those who are afraid to even speak their beliefs out loud.
I have tried to create community online, with my failed projects at Building Christ’s Body. It didn’t work. And yet the people that I did end up meeting in real life, the men I met with on Sunday, both read this blog before I ever met them. If it wasn’t for the internet and this blog, I wouldn’t have met like-minded men within a reasonable drive.
I’ve been wrestling with this for a while now. What is the best way to use this blog? How can I help young men? How can I encourage older men? How can I connect men who feel alone and abandoned due to standing for virtue and order to those near them that feel the same way?
I don’t know the answer yet. I continue to pray about it. I request your prayers, and welcome your input.