Hallowed Be Their Names

WITH Christianity currently prohibited in many pastoral and liturgical realms, humanist squatters move in …

 
There are two schools of thought on this: the association of self-sacrifice, healing and service with Christ – the “Divine Physician” – is testament to the ingrained, enduring Christianity hiding in the psyches of Frenchmen, Brazilians and other Westerners. Even the ridiculous NHS applause ceremony Britons have been cajoled into embracing may be thought of as the canonisation of virtue over selfishness.

The second school would argue the laser garbing of the Redeemer, the tolling of Notre Dame’s blessed bells (for solemnly blessed they were) and the waving of palms for the saviours of socialised medicine are a mockery of faith. The ‘prayer’ being offered via these gestures is not truly one of thanksgiving, much less one for God-given deliverance. It is, rather, an inversion of a famous entreaty The Who – not the WHO – made long ago. “I hope I get old before I die,” today’s Daltreys pray. Hence, the medicos and technocrats thought to be capable – alone capable – of realising this hope are being deified as shaman-sentinels warding off death itself.

I think the second school has it. For the Christian, only faith in the one who sacrificed himself on Calvary to secure dominion over death can purchase for us the rewards of eternal life. All other stays – though very welcome! – are so much magazine reading and phone-surfing in a doctor’s waiting room. That’s not to say the longevity science makes possible isn’t wonderful but, physiologically, there can be no victory over death.

The difference matters right now because, spooked largely by Italian chaos, the world’s leaders decided it would be far better to “shut down” society than “allow” people to die of a novel flu whose severely afflicted victims cannot be cured. Their fear of electoral retribution (or historical judgement) and individuals’ fear for their own marginally threatened mortality coalesced to justify the cloaking of hysteria and cowardice in robes of science and heroism. Real science and real heroism are at work against coronavirus, certainly, but no more so than they are in a dozen other fields of medical research or in thousands of other hospitals treating cancers, drugs carnage or – yes – even generic influenza during one of its more implacable seasons. The difference is not one of degree but one of me.

“We have to find a different way to worship, I think that’s the point.”
– New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on overruling the Bill of Rights

 
If Britons can applaud NHS workers, why can’t they applaud right-to-lifers who risk arrest and prosecution to save the life of a baby with a club foot? One of the most nauseating things about the Australian shut-down is that the state Premiers overseeing it like giddy gauleiters have all taken steps in recent years (if not, months) to legalise the killing of the most vulnerable human beings alive. Christ the Redeemer clothed as a doctor isn’t the quick-change act of our time. The transformation that stands out – and will deceive for years unless rights are re-asserted – is hypocrites dressed as guardian angels and statism disguised as faith.

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23 Responses to Hallowed Be Their Names

  1. notafan

    Bravo!

    I disliked the white coat on the Redeemer very much.

  2. Tim Neilson

    Much as I’d like to be more optimistic CL, I think you’re correct.

  3. yarpos

    Little wonder religion is in retreat when it wears this face.

  4. NoFixedAddress

    Well written and Thank you.

    It seems that the Christian Faith will need a metaphorical if not an actual return to the early days of the Roman Catacombs.

    It is certainly true for Christians in China let alone Christians being the most persecuted wherever they live,including Australia.

  5. Bela Bartok

    Thanks CurrencyLad, that’s twice your posts have struck a theological chord with me.

    It’s refreshing to see that a robust – dare I say vigorous – Christianity is still knocking around this place. The last person I remember thinking that about was sentenced to 405 days in prison for a crime he (and they knew) he didn’t commit.

    Christ/God isn’t someone you pray to so you win the lotto, or fix your damaged car, or even fix a damaged leg: Christ is to provide support, succour and the promise of everlasting life, not some mythic caped superhero ready to swoop down and fix everything. Christ the Redeemer, not Christ the guy who can fix pneumonia. Your soul/your body.

    As clearly shows above, Christ as the magic-fixer-upper who will remove all bad things from life is the dominant paradigm in a profoundly non-theological, humanist, ego-obsessed world.

    The different responses to the statement “I live my life each day as if it were the last day” highlight this great schism. The predominant response is “…so I’d better cram as much in as I can, the devil-may-care”. The stout response ought to be “…so I will be judged on that day, and I do not want to be found ‘wanting'”

  6. HT

    This all like watching that Yes Minister episode where an empty hospital wins efficiency awards despite not having any patients. Our hospitals are currently all but empty. Health workers are venerated as quasi-religious icons whilst quietly, almost unreported, nurses are struggling to maintain shifts because there is nobody to care for in the those huge, mostly empty hospitals. Meanwhile, the Hunchback will think about “allowing” a few elective surgical procedures to go ahead. Lifeline is run of its feet, emergency rooms have 30% fewer cardiac cases coming in (presumably those poor bastards having heart attacks don’t want to bother our super-stretched emergency facilities), cancers are going undiagnosed etc. It just amazes me those lights on the Redeemer aren’t being refracted by tears as Jesus weeps…

  7. duncanm

    Well put. This faith in the state is nauseating.

  8. They have to co-op Christianity because true believers have an inner strength that aids them in standing against tyranny. My possibility of eternal life is more important than pandering to the sensibilities of a bunch of collectivist attention whores who want to co-opt the symbols of my faith

    The plonkers who allowed these sacrilegious events should be pilloried. I can’t go to church, I’m not allowed to practice what I believe and yet I have to tolerate this?

    Screw them.*

    *being diplomatic here.

  9. ryki

    Jesus didn’t believe in germ theory and he would have cast out any disciples that dared mention “social distancing”.

    He believed disease was about the mind and soul.

  10. notafan

    Hi Nilk!

    Long time no see.

  11. Perfidious Albino

    Welcome back, Nilk, Iron Bogan…

  12. Hugh

    Excellent, C.L.

    Happy Easter

  13. Viva

    I think people see Christ like qualities in doctors and nurses attending the desperately ill despite their own exhaustion and at serious risk of their own health.

    Boris declared the NHS is powered by love. He should know.

  14. Shelley

    Premiers overseeing it like giddy gauleiters have all taken steps in recent years (if not, months) to legalise the killing of the most vulnerable human beings alive

    This! Had an associate wail about how worried they were about their 92 year old father in law in recent weeks. Okay, so yes she was worried – kindness, compassion etc. This same person debated with me only a few months ago how she hoped euthanasia would become legal because her 92 year old father in law does not ‘have quality of life’. Can’t have it both ways. I do find it interesting how many people are now so worried about their elderly parents – I do wonder how many of them quickly shoved them in homes and visit once per year. Lots of hypocrisy being exposed recently.

    Also wanted to thank CL for his posts.

  15. Iampeter

    For the Christian, only faith in the one who sacrificed himself on Calvary to secure dominion over death can purchase for us the rewards of eternal life.

    This stuff is pretty far left stuff.
    Right wingers/capitalists don’t accept or engage in human sacrifice.

    This pro-Christian stuff belongs on commie blogs.

  16. iain russell

    I have been deplatformed on The Oz, BoltA’s column and Timbo Blair’s offerings for referring to ALPPremiers, principally The Chook and The Crook as ‘Gauleiters’. FYI

  17. Hugh

    This pro-Christian stuff belongs on commie blogs.

    Wow: I wonder if Murray Rothbard regarded his wife Joey – “the indispensable framework” as he wittily describes her in the dedications of his many books – as a commie.

  18. Kneel

    ““We have to find a different way to worship, I think that’s the point.”
    – New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on overruling the Bill of Rights”

    This guy – and others like him – are in for a rude shock when the legal action starts. And it will. And this moron will lose, no question – the US bill of rights is very explicit about peaceful gatherings and the freedom to congregate for religious purposes. Very explicit. And Trump appointed judges, who are in large part at least leaning towards constitutionalism if not firmly in that camp, will certainly not be inclined to anything other than a littoral interpretation of the constitution – and they are now a majority.
    So $500 fines for people attending a drive-in church service, sitting in cars with the windows closed, while take-away restaurants having similar numbers of cars with windows open and no fines issued – at best very costly, at worst gaol time, for those who authorised it.

    Alas that we have no such protections here – the only way we’ll get the same is civil war. I wouldn’t like to see it, but would not be that surprised to see it happen if they think they are Big Brother and won’t give up their new-found totalitarian power.

  19. Tel

    It seems that the Christian Faith will need a metaphorical if not an actual return to the early days of the Roman Catacombs.

    More likely these are the type of people who would like to burn the Library of Alexandria over and over again.

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