Certainly, White women can be and often are very strong. And, Christian Identity women can be among the strongest of our women, owing to their faith. However, I’d like to direct this devotional towards us guys, more than to the ladies. Because, after all, we are the ones who just may need it the most. I know that I often do.
All too often, Christianity is attacked by non-Christians as being a religion of weakness. A faith for sheep. Some even hold Christian Identists in contempt. They view their own unbelief as courageous, and our faith as pathetic. In the past, even I have made that same error. I stand convicted of that sin, but I also kneel repented and forgiven, because my God shows forbearance, kindness, and restraint. That is true strength. Many things can kill, but only God can grant forgiveness, redemption and eternal life to sinners. Only He is strong enough and powerful enough to.
However, from our viewpoint, we are told that we are to be Christlike. Speaking not just to fellow Christian Identists, but specifically to Christian Identity men, then, what does that mean? The same savior who knelt to wash the feet of His disciples said “no one can come unto the Father but by me”. The same God incarnate who fashioned a flail and drove the money-lenders from the temple, wept and asked to be spared what He knew all too well was coming, if it was His Father’s will. He had doubts, even on the cross, about whether He would be, or had been, forsaken by God, doubts which He voiced aloud. At times His own disciples thought that he was behaving in a weak manner, since some of them were zealots, “true revolutionaries”. They didn’t understand the depth of His strength, and mistook it for weakness, instead. True strength is found in restraint, not dominance.
Honesty is stronger than guile. Sincerity is stronger than manipulation. Forbearance is stronger than acting in anger. God is stronger than Satan, and God’s children are stronger than Satan’s.
One thing I struggle with personally in my daily walk is balancing the drive to be a strong soldier for Christ with the call to assign everything to its proper time and season. Patience is a virtue, but one that is often hard to maintain. We all wish for the battle to be joined, instinctively. We even sometimes feel that it’s shameful to delay it, or to not act singly and prematurely. The internet, and the streets, and our prison systems, are full of men who think, rightly or wrongly, that they have to always be confrontational and overbearing to be manly. While there are some circumstances and environments where this may be true, we need to remember that Christ offers us the example of gentleness, especially when dealing with those whom we love, or who we identify with as our own people. Is it appropriate to deal with those whom we are supposed to show love to, in the same manner that we deal with the enemies of the Lord? I don’t think so. Should we try to shock people with how extreme we are, when that extremism works counter to the expansion of God’s Kingdom? Again, No.
Recently, two of my close family members passed away. While I hope and pray that both were saved and their souls redeemed, and I have every reason to believe that they were, one of them lived a much more Christian life, in my opinion…and it was the one with the more gentle spirit. Their deaths have convinced me to make the most of my life, and to fill my remaining time with substance and purpose. They also have demonstrated how sad it is to waste our time with just living. We all have a purpose, and a mission. Some of us even have a calling. Many of us have skills and talents which should be used for His glory. So, how are we told to behave towards one another, those of us who share a common blood and faith?
We are told to have, and show, compassion and love. It isn’t easy knowing when to be “strong” by today’s masculine standards, which don’t always match Christ’s own example. One clue, though, is to keep in mind who we are speaking with, and to. Are we speaking to an enemy of God? Or, are we speaking to a fellow White person who may be driven further away, or drawn closer, to the truth, based on our approach to them? Are we dealing with a close friend or family member, or other loved one? A fellow believer, or a potential believer? Those are the times to be gentlest.
The easiest thing in the world is to pop off and instigate a quarrel, or to argue about every little thing that comes up. True strength, however, comes from restraint. Remember that Christ Himself “could have called 10,000 angels, to destroy the world, and set Him free”, as the song says. If you think life is frustrating for us, today, imagine how it felt for Him!
Later, Paul wrote to the Christians at Corinth ““But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (1 Cor. 12:9-10).
The cross is the center of Biblical masculinity. Despite His own doubts and fears, and pain and grief, despite the personal betrayal and loss, the strongest thing that Jesus ever did, the manliest thing, was to serve as a sacrifice. If we are called to be Christlike by the scripture, then our strength may also be measured through our sacrifices. Sometimes, that means putting our own self interests and our own opinions on the back burner, doesn’t it?
As a final verse, which shouldn’t require explanation, but will, Paul wrote to the Romans: “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” This doesn’t mean we’re supposed to love nonWhites, or homosexuals, or pretend to, for the sake of appearance or to be nice or to keep from offending them or anyone else who is watching. It’s referring, I believe, to how we should treat each other. Paul recognized that there are some people you just can’t get along with, even among our own kind, and even among, by their own consideration, our own faith. But, “if it be possible”, AND “as much as it lieth in you”, live peaceably with all men. And of course Paul doesn’t mean all mankind in that verse, any more than Thomas Jefferson meant all mankind when he wrote that “all men are created equal”. For my part, I will take this verse to heart as an instruction that I don’t have to verbally disagree with someone or argue about it if we have different ideas about whether or not wearing uniforms is a good idea, or if Third Reich imagery is counter-productive, or what specific political structure we should favor. That’s petty, childlike, and unChristian.
I wrote several months ago that I wanted my life to be a testimony, and not a performance. So, I don’t feel that I have anything to prove to anyone, friend or foe. Old habits die hard, though, and like all of us, I struggle against my own sinful nature daily. Therefore, I ask of my friends, as they take the path of spiritual growth alongside me, to please practice the strength of forbearance, should my actions fall short of my intent. And if I offend you in word or deed, please practice the strength of restraint and forgiveness, as I will, with you.
Together, we can endeavor to become more Christlike, in true strength, as more Godly men.