Friday, December 2, 2022

Offsite Post: ‘Monarchy Is Normal’


The desire for what is normal, for what God has established and ordained, is prominent in U.S. conservative discourse today:  the desire for a normal approach to public health risks, for normal sexual development of children, for a normal home life with the husband as breadwinner and the wife who can stay at home with her children, and so on.

But the death of Queen Elizabeth II threw a wrench into the works.  For while many conservatives praised her virtues and complimented the English monarchy for its stability, connection with the deep past, etc., they were also quick to add that the age of monarchy has forever passed for us here in the United States:  There can be no going back to it.

Conservatives who believe that are walking a dangerous path.  They want the reestablishment of God’s order in family, morality, economics, politics, and the rest, while denigrating monarchy.  But doing so undermines the restorative efforts in the other fields.

“He bowed the heavens also, and came down” (Psalm 18:9) – Authority comes from above, where God dwells.  From there God descended upon the mountain and gave Moses the Law.  From there the Son of God “came down” and became incarnate within the womb of the Ever-Virgin Mary to fulfill the Law and open a new epoch in the history of mankind. 

What comes from below, from fallen man, is less benign:  And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy” (Rev. 13:1).  The sea, according to the Holy Fathers of the Orthodox Church, represents the rebellious, Christ-hating nations in their turmoil (e.g., Fr. Athanasios Mitilinaios, sermon 51, part 2; Abp. Averky Taushev, The Apocalypse in the Teachings of Ancient Christianity, tr. Fr. Seraphim Rose, Platina, Cal., St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, 1998, p. 187).  The Beast/Antichrist will be their ultimate offspring.

From above, God bestowed authority on the father over the family; from above, God bestowed authority on bishops, priests, and deacons over His Church; and also, however much it rankles folks in the U.S., from above, God bestowed authority on kings over nations:  All the philosophizing we can muster in the States will not annul that truth.

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Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

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