I’ve mention elsewhere a defining point in my young adulthood, when I was trying to prove Christianity correct in college. While there was no shortage of debaters, I was never very convincing. It happened that one of my debaters told me I was so emotionless about the truth of Christianity, so focused on facts and observations, that he didn’t think I believed what I was shoveling.
This insight has since wandered through a number of permutations inside my brain. Most relevant today, if I don’t defend what I believe then people won’t believe that I believe it. A man has to throw a punch if he wants to be taken seriously today and therefore, turning the other cheek is not the way to fish for souls.
I’ve tried being patient, kind and always letting the other guy get the last word. The other guy has consistently taken my patience and kindness for weakness.
Which brings me to the tedious conflict between Protestants and Catholics*. On one hand, there’s no bottom to that debate. Nothing to achieve. On the other hand, I have learned firsthand in real life and then on the Internet that if I hold my tongue and allow Catholics to bash Protestantism, which they love to do because their priests train them to do it, they think Protestantism is weak and the bashing increases along with their disrespect.
By contrast, when I have experimented with hitting back quickly and foully, the bashing stopped with the conversation. They respect strength, not integrity or brotherhood. At minimum, they respect that my beliefs are strong enough that I am willing to defend them. Very well then, I shall adopt a policy of reciprocity. They throw a punch, they take a punch, respect is achieved and the matter is done so far as I care.
Unfortunately, such spats rarely stop on a dime. Dalrock has every right to be annoyed with me for touching off a thread derailment in his latest post. (Although in my defense, the desirability of a PvC spat was heightened by the thread being a discussion of period blood and alternative uses for tampons.) I’m not sure how to square that with reciprocity. Christ would have me be a good guest, too.
But reciprocate I shall. Protestantism has never been so hated in history as in modern society. The Papists and atheists openly despise us and our leaders are so cucked up that they beg for their enemies’ forgiveness. What The Fuck, pastors? Why are you so eagerly ashamed of the movement that has fulfilled the Great Commission, built the two greatest nations in human history, best carried the torch of God’s Will for humanity for half a millennium (almost to the day; happy post-day, 95 Theses!), and impressed you yourselves enough that most of you hold PhDs in the subject?
My useless leaders disgust me; therefore, I myself shall uphold and defend Protestantism because they won’t, because Almighty God is a God of Laws not Proxies and because the cuckoldry of my leaders reaffirms the wisdom of Martin Luther’s life’s work.
Please join me, fellow Protestants. Do not act ashamed of what you believe. Be as quick in war as in peace. Do not let your detractors think you weak and simpering. If our brothers in the faith accept us them all is well; if they feel a need to anklebite then a quick heel stomp is well in order.
*Nota bene, I don’t distinguish between RCC and the Orthodox churches. Their failings are identical.