We Must Declare Our Dependence!|
It is better to kneel before God than to stand before satan!
The only way to celebrate true freedom is in the fireworks of the heart, sparking the soul to burst with love for God in all things. No struggle for independence was ever achieved without the very attributes necessary to attaining holiness. The only difference was in motive and manner. God knows our hearts and those who don't realize this are the true fools, duds who will sputter and fizzle out. Only those who soar in alliance with Heaven's will can realize true independence.
"To the extent that people attempt to define God on their terms and according to their agenda, they are making themselves independent from God while making God dependent on their views, biases, beliefs, and positions. Obviously, this is nothing short of a diabolical distortion leading to sin and perdition. The New Order and our society thrive on this kind of independence from God and subsequent attempt to make God dependent upon subjective realities and agendas. The myth of Separation of Church and State and the notion that God would accept homosexuality, rampant immorality, or a myriad of religious perspectives reflects just such a diabolical distortion."
July 4th is as good as any other time to remind ourselves that patriotic pride and national fervor must never be mistaken with across the board independence. In our haste to wave flags and shoot fireworks, we must never forget that independence is only as good as that from which we are separating ourselves from.
Independence from tyranny, slavery, injustice, prejudice, deception and, above all, sin are examples of the kind of good independence to which we must all continually strive.
As children of God Almighty and followers of Christ, we must constantly wage a battle for independence from that which would separate us from God, His Divine Will, and His plan for our salvation Sin is nothing more than dependence upon that which enslaves us to this world and away from God. This does not mean that we must free ourselves from this world, for we are certainly in this world and must function within this world if we are to serve God, but never of it. What this means is that in order to function as St. Francis's instruments for God we must separate ourselves from dependence upon this world as our motivation, our energy, our goal, and our purpose.
As sinners we are all slaves from time to time, but we must constantly declare our independence and revolt against the tyranny, the prison, the deception, and the control of satan through sin. Heaven is paved with those who never surrendered in this struggle, and hell is laced with those who did.
The New Order loves to distort and deceive through generalization. Thus, "love" is good no matter what. We are constantly confronted with the question, "How can that or this behavior be bad when it is founded in love?" The deception here, of course, is that love can only be good. Terms and concepts such as "romance", "passion", "money", "unity", "peace" , "inclusion", "tolerance" and "choice" have thus taken on an almost divine sacredness in The New Order to the point where anything associated or justified with these terms is beyond reproach and is automatically good and positive.
The deception and distortion, of course, lies in the assumption that anything which brings unity, peace, inclusion, tolerance, and added choice is therefore conducive to morality, virtue, and positive growth. As Catholics, we know that any unity, peace, inclusion, tolerance, or choice which ignores, mocks, disobeys, or contradicts God's Word, Will, and Purpose is sinful and can only bring sin and perdition. In this context, any goal, behavior, belief, or position which brings about independence from God, His Will, or the example of Christ is bad independence founded in the deceptions of this world and must be avoided.
To the extent that people attempt to define God on their terms and according to their agenda, they are making themselves independent from God while making God dependent on their views, biases, beliefs, and positions. Obviously, this is nothing short of a diabolical distortion leading to sin and perdition. The New Order and our society thrive on this kind of independence from God and subsequent attempt to make God dependent upon subjective realities and agendas. The myth of Separation of Church and State and the notion that God would accept homosexuality, rampant immorality, or a myriad of religious perspectives reflects just such a diabolical distortion.
The New Tree of Knowledge
They say that history repeats itself, and this must be so for we find ourselves in a Garden of Even with a new Tree of Knowledge at its center. Ours is a Garden of Even because The New Order tells us that even this and even that is acceptable to God.
It tells us that even this kind of person and even that kind of person will be saved.
It declares that even this religion and even that religion are equal and lead to God.
It tells us that all of our tallies are even since "everything balances out in the end" and "what goes around comes around" and "things even out sooner or later" and therefore everyone has a ticket to paradise. The new Tree of Knowledge tells us that if we eat of its fruit we will be like God and be able to clone, explore, kill, create, and choose our way to happiness and peace. This tree sells us the deception that its fruit will lead us to ultimate fulfillment, peace, love, and salvation. Like Eve many of us eat of this fruit and offer it to others as well. This tree is the independence from God that many in this society seek.
The Irony of This Struggle
The greatest irony of this struggle is that the more we seek independence from God, the more we become dependent, enslaved, and tied to sin, death, and perdition.
On the other hand, the more we seek dependence on God, the more we become independent, free, and separated from sin, death, and perdition. Of such material is the irony and mockery of Satan and this New Order made. We are thus again reminded that those who seek to be first shall be last, those who seek to gain this world will lose their souls, and those who seek to be above God shall end up beneath mercy.
Time to Choose Sides
The constant struggle to erase the Name of God and the Truth of Christ from this world is nothing short of a declaration of independence from God Almighty, from Christ, from Our Blessed Mother, and from Heaven itself. Sin is simply the expression of that struggle, that attempt, to gain independence from The Word of God, The Will of God, and the example of Christ. We cannot straddle the fence in this struggle. We must either seek independence by turning away from God, and embracing the fleeting pleasures of this world; for that there are definite consequences to pay. Or we choose to depend totally on Him and all His tenets in order to achieve independence from sin and reap the everlasting rewards.
So it basically comes down to whatever you choose.
Give in and eternally regret that you choose to lose, or give up and realize the liberty bells ringing in Heaven for a soul committed to the Church Militant. For any struggle for independence, it takes great courage and perseverance, not to mention tremendous self-sacrifice. For any struggle to attain sanctity, it takes great courage and perseverance, not to mention tremendous self-sacrifice. Notice the corollary? That is why, as true Catholics, we must also seek to help others make the right choice. And so, at this time when we remember independence, let us take care to recall our total dependence on God, for it is better to kneel before
God than to stand before satan.
Editor's Note: Heaven is once again under attack by those who would seek to ignore and overthrow God's majesty and authority. Gabriel Garnica, educator and attorney, submits regular insights and commentaries to remind and help guide readers toward a deeper and more assertive faith. Touching on topics and issues ranging from personal faith, doctrine, education, scripture, the media, family life, morality, and values, Gabriel's notes are music to traditional ears but unpleasant tones to those who have bought into the misguided notions so prevalent and spreading in today's Catholic world.