By Brock Bellerive
(Trigger Warning: This is not about Ronald Reagan)
“Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat;
But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face, tho’ they come from the ends of the earth!”
– Rudyard Kipling, The Ballad of East and West
My name is Brock Bellerive, editor of Praise of Folly, and you’ve never heard of me. That’s by design. I tend to shy away from the recurring brawls of the blogosphere, partly due to my innate non-confrontational nature and partly due to my lack of interest in many of the topics that frequently enflame the masses. I am not extraordinary in any field, though I try. However, it is not inconceivable for me to see myself lobbing a few bombs at those who sit too comfortably among their ideological rank-and-file, especially when I have obtained certitude that I am right to do so. This would be one of those moments. Matthew Parrott has never missed an opportunity to take criticism from his fellow believers personal, while too often giving his unbelieving ideological cohorts (and even the likes of Tim Wise!) an open mic and a free pass. He casually attacked the Young Earth Creationists after the Bill Nye/Ken Hamm debate simply because Hamm’s position didn’t gel with his own racial view of man and history. Whether or not Hamm’s position is correct is beyond irrelevant. Why be so eager to disassociate yourself from sincere believers? Have you not a common bond in Christ, which ought to exceed all distinctions in anthropogony and cosmogony? This, like Mr. Parrott’s unprovoked attack, really misses the point. What is at stake here is simple: how can you yoke yourself to both the nonbeliever and to Christ? How can you belittle your fellow Christian without thereby rendering wicked men stronger? Among your idiosyncratic beliefs, which holds priority? As your own ally, Eric Striker, has spoken thusly rather recently: “We’re going to awaken the sleeping Occidental Giant, and no Jew is going to tell us what to do!” I suppose Jesus counts as one of those Jews as well. I will gladly share the source with you, as it is situated neatly among the articles on your own website. Just ask, but I think you know. This might not be my best work, but it serves its function.
Sharing the Yoke of Christ
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
– Matthew 11:28-30
Christ has come to take our burdens upon himself; we need only to let go of the delusion that we are capable of rescuing this world with our whimsical abstractions. Ideology is a crutch that man has used in lieu of his momentous fall and loss of faith. Rather than yoking ourselves to Christ, we have sought to devise something gaudy, artificial, and temporal instead. Where Christ offered relief until promised perfection, ideology has offered only a shoddy alternative, an opiate for the disillusioned and disconnected masses. In place of salvation and perfection, we are offered promises of man-made utopia, which too often serve as grotesque caricatures of man’s brokenness, distorted simulacra of the true promise that is the hope of Christ. The ideologue’s world is plastic; it is fake, it is a fraud.
Casting Our Lot with the Unbeliever
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”
– 2nd Corinthians 6:14-17
What, then, shall our relationship be with the rest of the world? In the Holy Scripture, it is quite clear: the non-believer has no share in our glorious task, which surpasses all others. We must understand that the world of non-believers has no hope, and insofar as they do not seek the Truth, which is in Christ, they are without purpose and fulfillment. Their proclamations and theses are all in vain; they have been subsumed by the madness of the task, which has no ultimate aim or meaning, in spite of their assertions to the contrary. They cannot understand what has been given to them so freely, and insofar as they do not seek understanding beyond this shadow of a life, they have no share in our hope and the duty consummate with it.
The World Has No Share in Our Task
“Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity builded the temple unto the Lord God of Israel; Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and said unto them, Let us build with you: for we seek your God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto him since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither. But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do with us to build an house unto our God; but we ourselves together will build unto the Lord God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath commanded us.”
– Ezra 4:1-3
When Zerubbabel had brought some of the Jewish people out of the Babylonian captivity in order to rebuild Jerusalem and construct the second Temple, the adversaries of Israel were quick to offer their assistance in this holy task. And yet these were gainsayers, adversaries of Israel and of God. As such, their help was refused; for this was not their task and they could not be entrusted to lend even one hand towards the endeavor. The goal of the fathers of Israel was not to just construct something gaudy, artificial, and temporal; theirs was the work of restoring God’s house in Israel. What we must take from this account is the incongruity of the ends of worldly men and the ends of God. We must always remind ourselves that their ends are not ours, and we should never subject ourselves to being means for their wicked ends. If there is to be a restoration of a paradise lost, it will not be built by men, let alone those who hold high the banner of White Nationalism or those that choose to yoke themselves to it. Ours is the task to expand Christ’s Kingdom as we await his return.
And yet Mr. Parrott believes that this is insufficient. His association with Greg Johnson and the National Policy Institute (or former association, I should say) should say enough. He has cast his lot with the like of heathen pagans, who, incidentally, want nothing to do with our Faith. In fact, their derision spills over into outright contempt and condemnation. A fine example can be found over at Counter Currents, which is, coincidentally, where Mr. Parrot use to contribute articles. If you don’t know who the folks over at Counter Currents are, suffice it to say that it is a blog operated by Greg Johnson, a member of the so-called North American New Right that models itself upon the White Nationalism of the European New Right, which is plainly hostile to Christianity. Strange place to find a so-called Orthodox Christian. The series of articles that I enjoin him to read is Alexiey Shiropayev’s Prison of the Nation:
An Ethnonationalist History of Russia. I’ll save the reader some time by posting the link below.
In this work, Shiropayev faults Russian orthodoxy with the institution of and inclination towards what the New Right calls miscegenation – that is, the interbreeding of races. This, for Shiropayev, is why Russia is a Mongoloid nation, and hence not a part of the true West. As such, Russian Orthodoxy – and, one may extend, Christianity itself – is blamed for the Oriental suppression of the Western-leaning inhabitants of Rus, from which Russia acquired its namesake. Why? Because the Church supposedly fostered miscegenation between Western and Oriental aristocracies, thereby empowering and legitimizing the actions of the Eastern despots, like Ivan the Terrible. Thus, Orthodoxy and the supposed universalism of mere Christianity are made implicitly responsible for the likes of Ivan Vasilevich and Vladimir Lenin. So, pray tell, why has Mr. Parrott, a self-professed practitioner of Orthodxy, continued to cast his lot with the likes of White Nationalists? Even after NPI had slammed the door in his son-in-law Matthew Heimbach’s face for speaking truth about homosexuality, they, like the boot-lickers they seem to be, keep casting their lots with these neo-pagans and heathens! You cannot have your cake and eat it too, Mr. Parrott.
Cognitive Dissonance and Internet Iron Curtains
“And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.”
– 1st Kings 18:21
So, Mr. Parrott, how long must you falter between two opinions? How long will you remain silent in the face of this charge? So much more ink could be spilt over Scripture regarding this matter. That is not necessarily the subject of this essay. What is the subject, then? I will tell you. It is a challenge, Mr. Parrott, to be a man of your word. Some months ago, in the comment section of your own website Traditional Youth, you told my friend Mr. Lewis that you would be prepared to debate him on these matters. If you do not remember, or if you dare to pretend this exchange did not occur, allow me to refresh your memory:
It had been established some time ago that Keith Preston from Attack the System would serve as a go-between for yourself and Mr. Lewis. And yet, Mr. Preston informed us that you simply did not reply to his email concerning the debate, and so the debate did not happen. This discussion is not a matter to be swept under the rug. The fate of our brothers and sisters in Christ of all races is at stake. There can only be one culture, and it blossoms from the Body of Christ. All distinctions must be considered secondary, and hence irrelevant within the Church, for the Body of Christ cannot be divided. Do you sincerely believe that we will be shackled to man-made nation-states after Christ returns to bring about our perfection? Will we be segregated from our black brothers by virtue of genetics alone? And now, aren’t each of us able to call Adam our ancestral father, and through his actions share the burdens of original sin? These are matters of the gravest of import, and yet you have built not one, but two walls around your ideological redoubt. One on the material plain of humanity, where man is segregated from man by genetics; and yet still another on the ethereal plain of the internet, where man is segregated from man by ideas!
If you claim to have the truth, then do not hide its light beneath a bowl – prove Mr. Lewis wrong, if you can. But do not think we will let you peaceably sit behind your ethereal internet wall, a wall that is not unique to you or anyone else. These walls are devised, whether intentionally or not, to protect our closest-held beliefs from scrutiny, veritable Iron Curtains of the internet age. Yet know and understand this: just as the Iron Curtain could not keep ideas out of the Soviet Union, so too will this wall you have constructed fail to save you from the ideas we will fight you with. And so I say to you, Mr. Parrott, that this does not end here. This is only a warning shot. We will continue to challenge your ideas, deeds, and associations. Another volley is forthcoming. Having obviously dispensed with the fear of speaking in a grandiose and campy fashion, here is my coup-de-grace, a throwback to your favorite “cuckservative”:
If you seek the truth, no matter what it entails or how much must be sacrificed for its sake, if you are willing to forfeit your own pride and answer the charge against you: Come out and meet Mr. Lewis at the gate! Mr. Parrott, face down your accuser! Mr. Parrott, tear down this wall!
I leave you with this Scripture to consider…
“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it.
Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”
– 1st Corinthian 12:12-27
May the Body of Christ rejoice in unison, with a single voice among its faithfully enjoined members. Each a necessary and beautiful component of the Grand Ensemble that is His creation, which has been made so for the pleasure of His ears. Let us not depart upon our own way against this wondrous symphony which is the beatific expression of His power and justice. Let us enjoin Jehovah in His work, for His is the harmony of all the cosmos. All that is contrary is chaos and is anathema to His wondrous order. All praise to Jehovah, master of Creation.