Christians are followers of Christ. Our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). By God’s grace, we have departed the kingdom of darkness and entered the kingdom of light (Colossians 1:12). Daily we pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
From the cross until today, Christians have been a resistance movement who live as kings and priests of our King’s kingdom (Revelation 1:6). Kings exercise their authority in natural matters, and priests serve in spiritual matters. There is an ever-present tension between our kingly and priestly commissions. For example, as a king, I fight for justice. As a priest, I minister to people who have acted unjustly.
I have HUGE concern for the United States of America. I am perturbed that our government refuses to protect innocent lives in Ukraine and yet will fight for the right to shed the innocent blood in mother’s wombs throughout the USA. Eve still wants to disobey God, and Adam still abandons his calling to protect.
Isaiah 5:20 courageously proclaims, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Thus, I am appalled by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer’s declaration that a potential Supreme Court ruling in favor of the innocent blood of America’s babies would be an “abomination.” NO. The unbridled turning of America’s wombs into a tombs is the abomination.
I stand with the Russian Orthodox priests who decry, at the risk of their jobs and livelihoods and at the threat of imprisonment, the wicked slaughter of innocent people in the great Putin land grab of Ukraine. I am embarrassed by the photos of Russia’s leader in “church” on Resurrection Sunday as if the Ukrainian massacre is somehow Christ-like. There can be no doubt that the Russian government is prioritizing land and resources over the lives of innocent people. At the same time, the US government prioritizes a mother’s convenience and the economic gain of the abortion industry over the lives of 100% fully human beings. I stand with the Catholic priests who decry prominent catholic politicians, who fully and completely insist on slaughtering the unborn.
The time is at hand when disciples of Jesus Christ must pledge allegiance to the kingdom of God and King Jesus. In American history, we had the claim, “No king but King Jesus.” Christianity is still a resistance movement. I am only one person without much influence, but I resist. I resist, in totality, the shedding of innocent blood. I resist any economic gain that may come from the shedding of innocent blood. I resist any medical “advances” that may come from the shedding of innocent blood. I resist! I resist any and every attempt to call good evil and evil good.
Telemachus, a fifth-century monk, interrupted the roman entertainment industry, and they killed him for so doing. The following historical account was written by Theodoret of Cyrus in “The Ecclesiastical History, Book V, Chapter XXVI.
“Honorius, who inherited the empire of Europe, put a stop to the gladiatorial combats which had long been held at Rome. The occasion of his doing so arose from the following circumstance. A certain man of the name of Telemachus had embraced the ascetic life. He had set out from the East and for this reason had repaired to Rome. There, when the abominable spectacle was being exhibited, he went himself into the stadium, and stepping down into the arena, endeavoured to stop the men who were wielding their weapons against one another. The spectators of the slaughter were indignant, and inspired by the triad fury of the demon who delights in those bloody deeds, stoned the peacemaker to death. When the admirable emperor was informed of this he numbered Telemachus in the number of victorius martyrs, and put an end to that impious spectacle.”
The entertainment of Telemachus’ day was fatal gladiatorial contests. The entertainment of our day is sex. Both entertainment systems often culminate with the death of the innocent.
Will we, in the spirit of Telemachus, resist?