Lucky for me, I no longer need to write that post because a fine fellow named Scoot over at the Orthosphere has done an absolutely bang-up job outlining exactly why the Altar-Civilization model is finished. Granted, that wasn’t his intention, but hey. Allow me to present the first paragraph of Scoot’s penetrating post (bold added):
The virtue everyone loves to hate is obedience. Obedience is easy when it is easy, but there’s a common misconception that having a bad authority exempts us from the duty of obedience. As the late great Zippy Catholic used to say, it is a fallacy of modernity to confuse the question of which authority is just with the question of whether authority in general is just. There’s a fundamental truth hiding behind this misconception that we as fallen humans are often afraid of: That all authority comes from God. Not just good authority – all authority.
Got that? All authority comes from God. And yes, that includes authority that is openly and blatantly opposed to God and Creation.
Simply put -- we are obligated to obey evil with humility because . . . uh . . . that's what God wants. Any refusal to obey evil authority demonstrates a lack of obedience to God. Oh yeah, and a lack of trust in God, who might be trying to teach us a lesson.
Kristor is quick to emphasize this point in a comment:
The thing that it is hard for us to understand about Omnipotence and his Providence is that *even the evil that evil men do* redounds at last to our all joint and universal salvation. All that we need do to take advantage of this fact is to ally ourselves to that salvation. How? Dunno. Just do it. Get on with it, in fear and trembling, lest you muck it up by your own foolishness.
He’s right. That is difficult to understand.
Look, I could go on and dissect the entire piece, but I don't see much point in it. If what Scoot and Kristor are pushing at the Orthosphere these days resonates with your understanding of Christianity, then by all means, knock yourself out.
But I wonder, if we are obligated to obey all authority, including evil authority, then what purpose do reactionary sites like the Orthosphere serve?
After all, if obedience to all authority, including evil authority, is part of God’s Omnipotence and Providence, then Christian Reaction against anti-Christian, evil authority is nothing more than blatant rebellion against Divine Omnipotence and Providence.
Why bother writing anything at all? Why not just become passive and inert and rest assured that everything is in God’s Omnipotent hands?
To sum up: If Christians are obligated to obey the Altar because the Altar is God, and the Altar bends the knee to an unjust King, and the unjust King is opposed to God and is openly working to destroy civilization and ensure the eternal damnation of everyone, then the Altar-Civilization Model of Christianity Proper is finished, and serious Christians must – and I mean must -- begin looking elsewhere for their salvation.
If you happen to disagree, then by all means “stay on the path”.
You are free, after all.