Yesterday we talked about the gravity of the words we use (and choose not to use) CLICK HERE and the ripple of influence those words have for our spiritual lives. Our daily conversational words are powerful indicators of the strength of our spiritual pulse.
Looking at the bigger picture, we see that words matter even more when they are used to describe the principles we live by. The words we use to to describe our beliefs, our morals, and our ethical ruling philosophies must be clear and precise.
Our opposition uses words that are not clear nor precise. Words that can be interpreted and bent 205623095823 different ways. Confusion is part of the Devil's Propaganda. History is repetitive. Every nation that has ever engaged in war has published propaganda. Some of it clever. Some malicious. Some of it to boost morale. Some to stir up fear. Whatever the motivation behind it -advertising and word choice are powerful. Whoever has the best ads, sells the most product. One easy example - SEX SELLS.
A huge part of winning the culture war is seizing the lingo. Whoever controls the "words" controls the battle. Think about the word choice that the secularist industry uses:
"gentleman’s club,” "adult bookstore,” "pro-choice,” "sexual revolution,” "open relationships” "Women's Health Clinic".
All those terms convey a positive message but it is all smoke and mirrors…gift-wrap on garbage. We really know that "gentleman" do not degrade women by watching them publicly humiliate themselves. We really know that there is nothing that makes one more mature in "adult" bookstores-that's why the windows are tinted. We really know that "pro-choice" is just a nicer way of saying "I'm morally okay with mothers killing their unborn children." We all know that the only thing left open in an "open relationship" is a higher divorce rate and a better chance of getting an STD. We really know (or at least we are beginning to see) that no true freedom came from the so called "sexual revolution." Unless by "freedom" you mean more children that are raised in fatherless homes, higher sex-crime rates, and a “plastic surgery consumed” culture that has more body-image issues than the movie Shallow Hal. The modernist secular culture wants to re-define words.
We cannot be disillusioned to think that this battle is just being fought on the secular front. The vocabulary battle has leaked into the Church as well. Modernist theologians, liberal clergy and dissenting educators push their agendas by using ambiguous wording, teaching unclear definitions, and opposing any traditional interpretation or custom with a militaristic fervor.
The faithful Catholic must know the faith in order to defend it. We have to take back the higher ground of word control. We have to call truth, truth. Lies, lies. Smut, smut. Black, black. White, white. WITH LOVE and GENTLENESS for sure but also with clarity. You will get called a bigot for doing so. The opposition will label the truth as hate speech. They want it to seem as being intolerable, mean and uneducated.
We cannot and will not negotiate with spiritual terrorism. We cannot afford to "play nice." We are at war. Spiritual war. The father of lies,the inventor of confusing propaganda (see Genesis) wins with every word of divisional delusion. Our heavenly Father (the source of all truth) wins with every word of true clarity. Because our Lord IS the TRUE WORD. What side are you contributing to? Only one side is destined to win. Choose wisely.
MI's in Beaumont understand that our mission has to be clear. WORDS MATTER. We are the Church Militant (Ecclesia Militans), Christians on earth who are living; Christian militia, who struggle against sin, the devil and "..the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6:12). The Latin word militans has a primary meaning of "serving as a soldier, military", but it acquired a secondary meaning of "to struggle, to make an effort", which is the intended sense here. Christians on earth (the Church Militant) are still struggling against sin in order that, when they die, they might go to heaven and be members of the Church Triumphant, those who have triumphed over sin. However, if this struggle is successful, but not completely so, then after death they temporarily become members of the Church Suffering before ultimately joining the Church Triumphant.
Words Matter. That is why we will let our founder speak for himself:
The purpose of the Militia is contained in these words: to do all you can for the conversion of sinners, heretics, schismatics and so on, above all the Masons, and for the sanctification of all persons under the sponsorship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Immaculate Mediatrix. —Saint Maximilian Kolbe