A very good conversation, discussing Rod Dreher’s new book, Live Not By Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents. The book examines our current situation in the West, in all of its insanity, and then offers lessons from Christians who suffered through the persecutions in Eastern Europe during communism.
I will not go point by point. If the topic is of interest, spend fifty-five minutes on the video. I will, however, draw out a couple of points; here, while discussing the closing of and / or limits on churches, etc.:
Dreher: I really do believe God has allowed covid as a severe mercy for us, to prepare us for what’s coming in the future. If we as Christians can’t handle this sort of minimal depravation without falling apart, then you’re not going to make it through what’s coming.
He makes this comment in the context of what he understood from Christians who survived communism in Eastern Europe: you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. If you can’t handle what’s happening today, you will never survive tomorrow.
Just to be clear that I am not fully aligned with the entire discussion: the one comment that I will take meaningful exception to, and it comes shortly after the above comments. Dreher seems to buy into the full pandemic narrative – it is real, albeit it is being used to accelerate this coming system of control.
In fact, he compares it to the Reichstag fire, using it as the opportunity for Hitler to increase his control. Of course, many believe it was a fire set in motion by Hitler, just for this purpose. False flags… Dreher apparently misses this possibility regarding the fire, so it would not be a surprise that Dreher misses this possibility on covid.
However, Dreher ends on a strong note, beginning here. Very Christian, so I will summarize: we have read the Book. We know how the story ends. It may get unpleasant in the meantime.