Members of the Church often discuss among ourselves exactly what the Church needs to be able to grow throughout the world. Some people suggest that we add more programs for the laity throughout the week to engage them. Other folks suggest that the Church adopt more youth group activities in this age of video games and secularism to keep young people interested. Some members of the Church suggest trying to meet the world halfway, be moderate on social issues, and attempt to appeal to the masses with a watered-down version of the Gospel.
In the end, if we truly want to have our Church grow and succeed, what we need is a new generation of Christian Crusaders.
Now before anyone gets any ideas, I do not mean Christians should begin strapping bombs to their bodies and blowing up train stations or shopping malls. What I mean by the term Christian Crusader is a Christian who truly is going to undertake the understand that firstly he is a servant to Jesus Christ and secondly that he or she in every moment of every single day is a soldier in the Church Militant, engaged in warfare against enemies both corporeal and incorporeal. Islamic jihadists live, eat, and breathe their devotion to their faith, are we truly supposed to believe that Christians are called tn anything less? There is no being a Christian and being on the sidelines or being a moderate, Christ never called someone to phone it in once a week and place a few dollars in the offering plate and call it a day until next Sunday, Jesus called us to be fanatics, to be zealots, to be Christian Crusaders.
The term jihad is an Arab word that means “struggle.” Within Islam there are two jihads, the inner and outer jihads. The inner jihad is the battle all Muslims face to follow the tenets of the Quran while the outer is the more commonly known version of waging a holy war. This worldview of everything both inside yourself and in everything you do of being part of a greater struggle is a militant worldview, one that Christians should adopt.
The poison of modernity has stripped the militancy from many of the Christian faithful and made being a Christian more of a hood ornament than the engine that drives one’s life. The blood and sacrifice of martyrs, Saints, and crusaders that moved the Church forward to give us this inheritance still runs in our veins and their spirit is still strong within the Church, modernity has only muted their message, not silenced it.
To fully understand the crusader mindset, one must evaluate the example of previous generations of crusaders. While in today’s Europe and America, we look at demographic and cultural assaults as being a threat to our people, culture, and Faith, this is not the first time Europe has been under attack. From the deserts of Arabia, Islamic armies marched continually against the West for centuries. The success of Europe was bought with the blood of crusaders and patriots who were willing to put themselves in between their homes and families and the armies of jihadists at their doors.
Crusaders were devoted to Christ, their homeland, and their people, just as we should. Personal sacrifice should be a given, up to and including the giving of one’s life to protect what matters most. As Scripture tells us “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Every Christian crusader must be willing to gladly sacrifice life, limb, and be willing to undergo horrendous torture to protect the Church, his family, and his kin.
Battle however as a crusader is not limited to the battlefield, the inner war is as important or even more than the conflict on the material realm. Prayer both publicly and privately is one of the most important actions that a believer does. In private the faithful speak one on one to God to ask forgiveness for sins, strength to overcome temptation and personal weakness, and just to commune with our eternal and ever-loving Father. In public, Christians can come together to praise God, to honor our Saints, to pray for those in need, mourn, rejoice, and partake in the blessed Sacraments.
Prayer is both a great defense and weapon against sin and demonic forces which is why European Christian towns used to do a call to prayer multiple times a day with Church bells, to bring commerce, festivities, and distraction to a halt and focus the entire energy of the community on prayer. Almost everyone lived within earshot of the Church tells and their loud reminder of our Christian Faith helped guide believers of all social classes, genders, and positions of power.
In our modern age, the hustle and bustle twenty four hour a day entertainment the Church bells have fallen mostly silent, as cable news and pop music call us out to consume and worship oneself through self satisfaction and greed. In the Islamic world, the mosque puts on a call to prayer five times a day, much in the same way that our churches used to. I believe that it is time to bring back this practice, to be Christian prayer warriors that stop everything at 6am, 12pm, and 6pm to pray together as a Christian community. The focus of our lives must be upon our Faith for as Scripture says “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
The next form of being a Christian crusader should be in how we handle the outside world. In our actions, dress, finances, and defense of the Faith we make statements on whether we are living for this world or for the next. Priorities of money, time, and effort tell the story of if we are a tree with good fruit, or one who gives off no good fruit. Our everyday actions determine is we move closer to God or farther away, the choice is ours.
We live in a world in which Muslims will riot and even lose their own lives when their prophet is attacked in the media yet Christians by the millions watch television shows, movies, and listen to music that casually insult our Faith, the Church, and even utter blasphemy against our God. Not only do Christians tolerate assaults upon our Faith and our Savior, we actually pay our money to consume this jewish and satanic poison that Hollywood puts out.
American Christians allowed their own government to fund “Piss Christ” a supposed “art” exhibit of a crucifix in a vat of urine. Without a doubt faithful Christians should have destroyed this mockery of a Christian symbol and made an example of it. We must be willing to not fall into Christian nihilism and wall ourselves off from the world, but instead be proactive defenders of the Faith in our everyday lives.
In our Christian communities we must pray for those who oppress us and attack the Church, but we also must ensure that we take a stand and ensure the entire world knows where we stand on the issues. Economic boycotts of companies that attack Christianity or promote homosexuality, protests against satanic films or concerts, and loud demonstrations could be just a start to be a Christian cultural crusader. We must live on the battle cry of “Death to the World” and totally reject the unGodly works of this world that poison the minds of our people and lead them astray. A pure mind is far less likely to move a believer to sin, therefore we all should closely monitor what mass media we consume and to stand against the mass media bosses who church out decadent slop for mass consumption. Media companies should be afraid to insult our Faith for fear of financial losses and risk to their business, “artists” should think twice before unveiling their next degenerate sculpture or song, and anywhere a Christian is there should be an unapologetic defender of the Faith.
The Bible tells us in the book of Matthew “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” We must make sure that our finances reflect our devotion. I would call all Christians to compare their spending budget on entertainment of various forms versus their contributions to the offering plate and to charity. That dvd, case of beer, or new video game might be small potato’s to us individually, but continued sacrifice puts ourselves in the proper mindset that everything we are given is a gift from God.
Not a single ruble, dollar, or euro belongs to any of us, it is all Gods. Like the servants who were given money by their Master while He was away, we must always be taking the money and gifts God has bestowed upon us and put them towards the betterment of our families, our neighbors, our communities, and our Church. A change from American cultural Christian to Christian crusader will put finances in proper perspective of the true importance of priorities.
Christian crusaders must remember that we are not here on Earth to fit in or to make a fashion statement, we are here to serve God, His Church, and others. Fashion is a defining silent statement of how you wish to be perceived by others, Christians should always make a clear statement of proper Christian principles in the clothes they wear. The dress of a cultural Christian versus the dress of a Christian crusader is entirely different. While a cultural Christian seeks the worlds approval and follows the latest fashions, the Christian crusader follows the principles of modesty and Tradition.
Christian men and women alike should practice humility and a desire to dress in a way to glorifies God, not make a mockery of His creation. Women should be covered in Traditional and modest dress to ensure that only her husband will look upon her figure in a sexual way. Men likewise should not wear clothing to brag about physical feats, show off wealth, or be revealing, instead men should always be looking like the steward and Christian soldier they are supposed to be. Christians should know that how they dress and appear gives the entire world around them a chance to either see the glory of God or see another hypocrite, hurting their perception of the Faith. We must always be on guard for ourselves, our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, and for unbelievers that we provide a good and positive example of what being a Christian really is.
Living up to our responsibilities as both men and women is another aspect of being a Christian crusader. Christ tells us that you “shall know a tree by its fruits” meaning our actions and works are reflections of our Faith. Volunteer work in our communities is something that Christian crusaders of all ages can participate in. The Bible tells us that “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” In an age of growing unemployment and financial hardship, children growing up in single parent homes, and millions of lost souls in our communities the Christian community can donate time, money, and prayers to help provide for the physical and spiritual needs of those who are crying out for help. Being a crusader is not simply about militancy, it is also understanding the Christian calling to serve.
An afternoon of your time at a pregnancy clinic to help women through their pregnancy and set them up for success when they have chosen to keep their unborn child instead of give in to our culture of death is a small investment of your time, but has the potential to actually save a life. Volunteering at the local Boys and Girls club or other child outreach program to provide a positive adult role model for children can set kids up for a lifetime of success and call them to overcome the lures of modernity to instead accept Tradition and righteousness. Writing letters to prisoners to comfort them and share the Gospel is another activity that takes little time but shows a group of people most of society has forgotten that we as believers serve all of humanity.
Our brothers and sisters in Golden Dawn and Generation Identitaire have made a large push to provide food and clothes to the underprivileged in their towns and cities, something American crusaders should copy. All together living a life of charity and service to our folk will provide a living example of Christs love for us and rebuild our nations that have been ravaged by the cancer of modernity. The motto of the Knights Hospitaller of “Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum” or “Defense of the faith and assistance to the poor” should be the battle cry of Christian crusaders every day of our lives.
The life of a Christian crusader is one that is a twenty four hour a day, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty five days a year commitment to picking up your cross and carrying it. The Church Militant must take care of those in need, minister to the lost, and fight the forces of darkness with every single beat of our hearts. As darkness envelops more of the world we must pick up the sword of rightousness and work to destroy the fountainheads of decadence in our society.
There is no compromise with evil and our actions must reflect that. At the same time, crusaders must always be walking the walk of a Christian life, one of humility, love, prayer, and sacrifice. This mighty army of the Faithful can overcome the hollowness of atheism and our Truth can conquer the forces of Islam in the West. Being a crusader is never going to be easy or popular but it is the calling of every Christian man and woman to pick up the sword and banner of Christ and march forward in duty to Him and His Church. Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war. We are all called to be crusaders, the only question is do you accept your calling?