Mysticism and Disentanglement
One of my provisional Three Pillars of Christian Mysticism is disentanglement.
Try to keep in mind, I don’t take seriously the particular way I think about this, in the sense I promote those three key points — “pillars” — as somehow sacred. It’s nothing more than my personal response and personal formulation based on my background. Surely somebody somewhere could say it better, but I haven’t seen it so far.
The whole point is I leave a lot of things in the hands of those making the choices. This radiates outward to an international level.
First, I need to back up just a bit and note how God Himself distinguishes between individuals and those who wield authority over them. Consider the classical theological distinction between Grace and Law. Individuals can be born of the Spirit; nations cannot. Grace, strictly speaking, is about individuals, and grace never applies to nations or governments. The Laws of God are aimed more at communities, and in that sense, at nations and governments. There are individual applications through extrapolation and abstraction, but the primary focus is the community of those who share that covenant commitment. Mysticism as I write about it rests in a totally different mental category. It’s the path to understanding both Laws and grace. Mysticism is answering the question of epistemology: How do I know what is good and right in regards to my conduct on this fallen plane?
Disentanglement means one thing on an individual level. Nothing I write or say is designed to pontificate for anyone else. It does provide a boundary marker for those who feel led to work with me, to associate with me. If you want to get close to me, this is what it takes, this is how I have to go about it. Tell me what you have to have. Maybe we can meet in the middle somewhere, do you think? Change the formula to any number of individuals collectively and it’s quite different.
I cannot bless a government which goes beyond the boundaries God’s Laws. They don’t have to understand those Laws, only the implications. While it’s better to discuss the fundamental lies of WW2, it’s okay to pick out specifics and say why they were individually wrong-headed. FDR’s demand for “unconditional surrender” was an abomination. We as a nation never had any business telling other people how to live. Our only valid concern is how they treat us. There are distinct boundaries where, though a certain behavior there affects us here, it’s still none of our business. That instinct for trying to run the whole show down to the smallest detail, so as to determine the outcome down to the smallest detail, is Satanic. More specifically, it reflects the rejection of faith in God which is modern feminism; it is not at all a masculine trait. God said women should not be involved in government because the nesting instinct leads them in the wrong direction. The shepherd protects his sheep, and lets other shepherds do their own thing.
If we give an honest examination to American History, you’ll find we wasted little time in losing our wisdom regarding this. Our proclamations never quite matched our conduct in the first place, but even our proclamations show we left behind the good moral choice often derided as “isolationism”. We may profess some grand high morality in loving the subjects of another country, but God forbids us doing anything directly with them. His Laws demand we work with whomever is running things there. It’s the same down at the level of the family. Human authorities of all sorts are required to treat the family as sacred, more so than any other human institution. You can come up with all sorts of fake moral arguments why intervention is so necessary, but God demands you respect the authority He put in place, whether you imagine it was by design or lack of intervention on His part. Just because you don’t like who’s running things in a household, the next city or the next country, it’s no excuse for messing with them. It’s blasphemy insisting God called you to fix all the world’s problems when you are the one deciding what constitutes a problem. He’s better at running things than any of us.
We are responsible to Him for our own issues, the things He says He placed in our hands. Just because we can do something does not mean we should, most especially in the lives of others. It is our duty to recognize boundaries at all levels. I am a person; you are a person. On some issues, I’m dealing with an entity of multiple individuals, and the Laws apply a little differently if I’m dealing with a family household. I presume a certain sanctity there. So it is with every unit of human conglomeration.
Do you understand all this blather about military servicemen defending our country is pure sewage? Not even the War of 1812 was a good cause, and certainly not a single war since then. In every case, our government was doing one thing and talking about another. In no case were the troops protecting the nation, but were used to assert an unjust interference in another nation. Not once did we do a good thing. I give the troops themselves some passage here because they are seldom wiser than the population at large, and our nation has swallowed some unspeakably foul and large doses of propaganda coming out the government. But once alerted, those military people become accountable for all the sins they commit at the behest of a relentlessly evil government. If you don’t by now understand the evil done in our names as Americans, don’t come here and get entangled in the discussion. There are simply too many sources out there for those who care enough to know.
The principle of disentanglement means, not only “mind your own business,” but learn what your business is.