Nothing Worth Dying For
Richard Salbato 8-1-2007
“No greater love has man than to lay down his life for a friend.” These are the words of Christ describing what true love is. To understand these words you need to understand the meaning of life to a Christian and the meaning of death in the Bible. Christ says that if we live in Him, we will live forever and that sin brings death. As far as the body is concerned, everyone dies, both the sinner and the just. From a Biblical point of view, however, those who die in grace, never really die, but those in sin are already dead. How then do we, who never die, lay down our life for a friend?
Here Christ is talking about the earthly life and not the eternal life. He took on all the sins, the sufferings, the injustice, and the indifference of the world and laid down His life for all others. His being did not die, only his human body and even that rose up again, as ours will be at the end of the world.
How then do we lay down our life for a friend? Do we have to die? Yes, we do, but not always a physical death. We must die to any real attachments to this world and its personal comforts and temporary pleasures. There is nothing wrong with comforts, security, pleasures, even wealth, but Christians do not cling to these things. Christians cling to love of God and neighbor. This means laying down their lives for God and others. It means dying to self interest.
Christians do this when they have a child, which means giving up some of their own comforts, pleasures and independence to love another. Christians do this when they marry, which means giving up selfish independence to share their life with another. It is this unselfishness that describes the real Christian spirit.
The first Christians learned the hard way to practice true love of God giving up their lives. They marched to their death with joy simply for refusing to worship the false Roman Gods. Constantine the Great learned that sometimes you must even go to war to protect the freedom of people, especially the freedom of religion. He discovered that when the battle between good and evil is just, God will fight with you. God helped Constantine in war in the same way He helped Judas Machabees.
American Christians were willing to lay down their lives for freedom and justice from the King of England. Americans again laid down their lives to free slaves in the civil war. Americans again laid down their lives to free their European neighbors from injustice in World War I and II and had nothing to gain except to protect others. Americans went to the aid of China and the Philippines when they were attacked by Japan. Unlike the colonial powers of the middle ages (England, Portugal, Spain and France), America never asked for anything after helping these other countries. In fact, American poured money and help into Germany and Japan after defeating them.
Since World War II, it has been America that poured trillions of dollars in aid to the poor throughout the world, rebuilding Europe and defended the entire world from the threat of Communism. At this very minute an American Navy Hospital ship, with 500 doctors and thousands of nurses is touring South America giving free medical ad to the poorest of the poor.
Considering the above, why then are Christians and Americans so hated throughout the world today?
Nothing Worth Dying For
The answer to that question is that people are loosing faith in everything except their own comfort in the here and now. Recently the German author, Henry M. Broder debated a woman author (a secular-humanist) and she said that it is sometimes better to let yourself be raped than to risk serious injuries while resisting. She said: “It is sometimes better to avoid fighting than run the risk of death."
I have to think of Blessed Alexandrina of Portugal who jumped out of a second story window to avoid being raped and ended up bed-ridden the rest of her life. http://www.unitypublishing.com/Newsletter/Alexandrina.htm But this secular humanist knows of nothing worth injury over. I am sure she would stand by and watch someone else being injured rather than risk anything to her own comfort.
Secular Humanists (many are Catholics) do not care about an afterlife, this life is the only thing they care about. Hence they will rather accept submission than fight. Like the feminist, they prefer to be raped than to resist.
People who are not prepared to resist and are eager to submit, hate others who do not want to submit and are prepared to fight. They hate them because they are afraid that the latter will endanger their lives as well. In their view everyone must submit.
There is a rise of anti-Semitism in Europe and around the world. This is because the very existence of Israel challenges their peace. The fact that Islam is against the Jews being in Israel and Jerusalem, makes Europeans terrified. Rather than blame those who want war, they blame the Jews for resisting the war and Americans for supporting them.
When you consider that the word, Islam, means “submission”, the West Europeans have chosen submission (Islam) already. They hate anyone who is not willing to submit for the sake of peace. They have chosen submission - just like in former days when they preferred to be Red rather than dead. They hate people with a fighting spirit. The new Anti-Semitism in Europe is related to their anti-Americanism because both have courage and they loathe courage.
Christianity in Europe is almost dead.
The German author, Henryk M. Broder, recently told the Dutch Newspaper "DeVolkskrant" that young Europeans who love Freedom, better emigrate. Europe as we know it will not exist twenty years from now.
“Europe is turning Muslim”, said Broder. He urged young people to get out and "move to Australia or New Zealand. That is the only option they have if they want to avoid the plagues that will turn the old continent uninhabitable."
The number of emigrants leaving the Netherlands and Germany has already surpassed the number of immigrants moving in. One does not have to be prophetic to predict that Europe is becoming Islamic.
Just consider the demographics.
1. - The number of Muslims in Contemporary Europe is estimated to be 50 million, not counting England.
2. - It is expected to double in twenty years. By 2025, one third of All European children will be born to Muslim families.
3. - Today Mohammed is already the most popular name for newborn boys in Brussels , Amsterdam, Rotterdam , and other major European cities.
"I am not a Warrior," Broder says, "but who is? I have never learned to fight for my freedom. I was only good at enjoying it." Consider that in all of Europe no one under the age of 65 has picked up arms in defense of their country. That task has been borne by the United States since Hitler surrendered in 1945.
Europeans apparently never read John Stuart Mill:
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing is worth a war, is worse."
"A man who has nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
Right now only America is keeping the rest of the world free. I am quite confident that even Our Lady agrees with this, since She said so. It was on September 25, 1956, that Our Lady appeared to Sr. Mary Ephrem.
"It is the United States that is to lead the world to peace, the peace of Christ, the peace that He brought with Him from heaven."
"Dear children, unless the United States accepts and carries out faithfully the mandate given to it by heaven to lead the world to peace, there will come upon it and all nations a great havoc of war and incredible suffering.
“If, however, the United States is faithful to this mandate from heaven and yet fails in the pursuit of peace because the rest of the world will not accept or cooperate, then the United States will not be burdened with the punishment about to fall."
"Sin is overwhelming the world and punishment is not far away. ... Help me bring once again the sunshine of God's peace upon the world."
These prophesies are already being fulfilled? Who is really cooperating with America to bring peace to the world. I agree that we are not doing all we can do, especially in Sudan, but we are the only one doing anything. The United Nations can best be called Demonic and is doing nothing.
It is America that protected Europe from Communist Russia. It was America and the Holy Father that brought down the Berlin Wall and freed Eastern Europe. It was America that helped Afghanistan drive out Russia. It is America that protects Europe, South America, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, PI and many others.
Read the above prophesy again and see that in the end we will fail to bring peace to the world because we are not getting cooperation from other countries and a punishment will follow. Not, however, for Americans. So says Our Lady.
America might loose identity also
America was founded on Christian Moral and Natural God given rights. It is the first Constitutional Government in the history of the world, where even the democratic majority cannot take away these rights. By placing the power in the hands of people, limiting government power, and protecting minorities from the majority, American has become the most powerful economic country in the history of the world.
By having a philosophy of peace through strength, America has become the most powerful nation in the history of the world and yet never abused that power. America’s freedom has attracted people from all over the world for 200 years. Even today over 1.5 million people come into America every year. Because of the low birth rate of Americans, this immigration is very necessary for the American economy especially since America, like Europe is aging.
Because Americans are not having babies, without immigration America would soon have more people retired than working. Unlike the past, however, where immigrants learned the language, studied the constitution, and pledged loyalty to the Nation before becoming citizens, the new immigrants do none of these things.
Instead of coming to America legally the new immigrants come in many illegal ways. They do not assimilate in the society because they cannot. Being illegal they must stay in ethnic clicks for protection. They are abused and subject to the blackmailing of the ethnic gangs, like MS-15. These gangs extort money from them and exploit them to the point that the gangs become their government and not America. Once here illegally they are forced to continue breaking the law, with false identification, false bank accounts, fake names, and in most cases, taking cash for work, without paying Taxes.
As I said in an email, 40% of all workers in L.A. County are working for cash and not paying taxes. This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants working without a green card. And because of the MS-15 gangs, 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles and 75% of people on the most wanted list are illegal aliens. Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal, whose births were paid for by taxpayers. Nearly 25% of all inmates in California detention centers are here illegally. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages. The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border. Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.
If Americans were not so selfish, they would have the children needed to keep America going but since they are not, we need the million immigrants each year, but we do not need them here breaking the law and therefore becoming a nation within a nation and totally out of control. This same idea of nothing worth fighting for, nothing worth dying for, is why we have not solved the illegal immigration problem. “Saving my country and its values is not worth giving up my peace. Better to be raped than to get involved. Let them break the law.” Let me remind Catholics that you cannot do evil that good can come from it.
America and Europe may not see the problem of a low birth rate but Russia does. For many years now Russia has sponsored Nashi youth camps, where they are attempting to get the young to have more children. They have even given large tax breaks to those who have children and heavy tax to those who do not. This much I can say is good.
But because the government is still basically atheist these Nashi camps are not good. Alcohol is banned, but sex is encouraged, and no contraceptives are allowed. Attempting to raise Russia's dismally low birthrate even by eccentric-seeming means might be understandable. Certainly, the country's demographic outlook is dire. The hard-drinking, hard-smoking and disease-ridden population is set to plunge by a million a year in the next decade. An already low population is dropping by 12% per year.
But the real aim of the youth camp is the Kremlin's newly-minted ideology of "Sovereign democracy". It is strongly reminiscent of the Tsarist era slogan: "Autocracy, Orthodoxy and Nationality". The similarities to both the Soviet and Tsarist eras are striking. Slogans such as "Russia for the Russians" now attract the support of half of the population.
Consider that atheist, Communist Putin sees that having a strong birth rate and holding on to Russia’s national identity is important, and Islam sees that having a strong birth rate and holding on to religious identity is worth dying for, where does that leave the Christian West?
Islam is willing to die for their god, are you? Islam is willing to give up all comforts for their faith and future, are you? Have we men become feminized?
What are we willing to die for – our God, our children, our wife, our town, our nation, the poor thoughout the world, the oppressed in other countries, the sex trades, the rule of law, or nothing?
I believe if we are not willing to stand up and fight for these things, these people, we have no love.
Sorry for writing this in such obvious anger, but I have had hundreds of emails bad-mouthing my country and condemning any form of war or conflict as something evil. For this reason I wrote the Teaching of a just war, but even that did not stop the slanders. What irritates me is that I know America will not be able to stop the coming World War III, no matter how hard we try. In the end the world will suffer much more than it did under Hitler, but America will suffer less.
Read First Machabees and then tell me that the wars of Judas Machabees were unjustified.
Then read Second Machabees and see how Jerusalem simply gave up their freedom without a fight and became subject to the Romans, who ended up killing Christ and millions of Christians and Jews.
Take your pick, the justice of Judas Machabees or the cowardice of the Jews only a generation after his victory.