Open Service to the Principalities and Powers

A facade.

Rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him. — Sun Tzu

by baldilocks

A year ago, I said this:

A lot of people – even some Christians — discount the existence of satanic spiritual forces and ridicule the material-world advocates of these forces. The latter count on this. For the record, I’ve seen some of those forces in action.

From a few days ago, by Tara Isabella Burton at American Interest:

For an increasing number of left-leaning millennials—more and more of whom do not belong to any organized religion—occult spirituality isn’t just a form of personal practice, self-care with more sage. Rather, it’s a metaphysical canvas for the American culture wars in the post-Trump era: pitting the self-identified Davids of seemingly secular progressivism against the Goliath of nationalist evangelical Christianity.

The biblically-literate will note the irony of that last comparison.

There’s the coven of Brooklyn witches who publicly hexed then-Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh to the acclamation of the thousands-strong “Magic Resistance”—anti-Trump witches (among them: pop singer Lana del Rey) who used at-home folk magic to “bind” the president in the months following his inauguration. There are organizations like The Satanic Temple —newly featured in Penny Lane’s 2019 documentary Hail Satan—a “nontheistic religion” and activist group that uses its religious status to demand for its black-robe-clad members the same protections afforded to Christians in the hopes of highlighting the ridiculousness of faith-based exceptions (Satanic prayer in schools, say). There are dozens of Trump-era how-to spellbooks that blend folk magic with activist practice: the 2018 anthology The New Arcadia: A Witch’s Handbook to Magical Resistance; Michael Hughes’s 2018 Magic for the Resistance: Rituals and Spells for Change; David Salisbury’s 2019 Witchcraft Activism: A Toolkit for Magical Resistance (Includes Spells for Social Justice, Civil Rights, the Environment, and More); and Sarah Lyons’s forthcoming Revolutionary Witchcraft: A Guide to Magical Activism. There are hundreds of thousands of users of witch-popular blogging platforms like Tumblr and Instagram, which at the moment boasts 8.5 million photographs hash-tagged “#witch.”

Burton says that this is fair, since much of rightism has Christianity overtly embedded in it. And guess what: she’s right.

And, more than that, it’s a Good Thing in that clarifies the spiritual sides and the attendant stakes.

You want the enemy’s servants to be open about their identity. This indicates arrogance — a fatal flaw.

I’d say that the Democrat Party – now one with the Organized Left – de facto pledged allegiance to Occultism when, during the 2012 Democratic National Convention, its delegates loudly booed the (re-)admission of the word ‘God’ into the party platform. (And, in the 2016 platform, “God-given” appears three times, but “God” by Himself, not at all.)

Probably, many ignored this back then, and will keep on doing so.

But, consider this: great forces for both good and evil have begun in the highways and byways of societies — in homeless shelters … or on Tumblr. Zealots of any sort begin as a remnant, later gathering followers, acolytes and resources. See: Christianity.

And the Devil is a copycat. Everything he does is in parody of the actions of God. Christ is building His kingdom and, therefore, the Devil is building his among these people who hate God and their parents – especially their fathers.

However, those who mock these worshipers do so at their peril. In Ephesians 6:12, Paul acknowledges the existence of the power of the rulers of dark places. Again, in imitation of God, the Devil gives powers to those who worship him. And he won’t make them wait around for it and try to teach them anything, like God does with His servants.

Paul also provides the antidote.

Again, the fact that these people are so open about whom they serve is not only good for God’s servants, but for those who have a foot in two boats.

Choose one boat or the other or, as the boats move further and further apart, end up in the water.

And forget about walking on it.

(Thanks to Ed Driscoll at Instapundit)

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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