Charlottesville And Why I don’t Write

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.

4 thoughts on “Charlottesville And Why I don’t Write

  1. 1 Thess 4:9 Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

    Seems like the way to go to me. In general, believers need community so reach out and be a community of believers…, but the world is the world and there will always be chaos, dissensions, and sin. Our lives are supposed to be our witness and reflect the transforming power of Christ.

  2. I don’t know the answers, and but am there with you in trying to aid others. I’m blessed with scattered bits of local community and young men, and want to build it and aid others as you do. Most of us that feel that way, that I’ve met, all are working with low income, getting out of debt, and starting families or looking for a spouse. There’s definitely difficulties, but I know my family has been blessed by the struggles.

    If you find yourself in the Tulsa area, or even within a couple hours of it, hit me up. I never have time for your forums, but would be thrilled to go out of my way to meet up.

  3. @DS:

    Yes, that’s all true. Yet one can live a quiet life minding his own business and working with his hands, and still help others. Society affects us and our children. Since becoming a father, I’ve become more withdrawn, more focused on just my family. At the same time, becoming a father has made me more aware that I cannot withdraw into my family–that I cannot just ignore the degeneration of society around me.

  4. @Chad:

    I’d love to meet sometime if it ever works. I’ll be sure to let you know if I’m ever in the area. Your comments are on point, perhaps I should write `more about frugal living to draw in more those who are searching.

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