Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christian Revolt

Cristero War

Cristero Prepare for Battle
1 January 2011 is the 84th anniversary for the beginning of the Cristero War. Today this war is either a dim memory or unknown to most Americans but it is a crucial development in the history of our Mexican compatriots. Nearly 90,000 people were killed in this war that the dominant media does not want you to know about.

The Cristero War (sometimes known as the Cristiada in Mexico) lasted from 1926 to 1929, during which Christians fought against the policies of religious persecution enforced by the liberal Mexican government. These policies of religious persecution, stemmed from the anti-Christian 1917 Mexican Constitution. Confiscation of Church property, closing Christian schools, even preventing religious education in churches and requiring all religious activity be overseen by the government were features of the Constitution passed by Marxists who came to control the Mexican government. Citizen soldiers for Christ took the name “Cristeros”.

The roots of the conflict harkens back to familiar players in the American Civil War. The centralist policy of Benito Juarez (1806-1872) and other "progressive" schemes have earned Juarez the nickname “the Mexican Lincoln”. In similar fashion Juarez as Lincoln had advisiors swayed by the ideas of materialist philosopher Karl Marx (1818-1883) that were sweeping the elitist salons from London and Boston to Mexico City.

Juarez the famous Mexican President was himself a well known enemy of Christians. In 1861 he and his political party reneged on their foreign debt and precipitated a war with their European creditors. President Lincoln came to his aid sending money and arms using Union General Phil Sheridan as a military liaison officer of sorts to the Juarez government.

Juarez acknowledged Lincoln’s help and jailed the Confederate States envoy in Mexico. He also did his best to stop any aid from getting to Texas. Juarez and his government despised the Texans who he believed had “stolen” Mexican territory and who harbored numerous Christian groups that were perceived to be enemies by the liberals in Mexico.

North of the border as the War Between the States wound down Confederate soldiers commanded by Missouri General J. O. Shelby joined the fight against Juarez. His “Iron Bridge” was welcomed by the Mexican people who had for a time thrown off the oppressive anti-Christian government of Benito Juarez. The Confederates fought the Juaristas continuing the battle against those who sought to centralize government and diminish the Judeo-Christian worldview.

Like Lincoln and his centralist allies; Juarez prevailed. In doing so he planted the seeds of the Cristero War nearly 60 years later which would try to fulfill the dream of “wiping religion from the landscape of Mexico”. The subsequent Constitution of 1917 was an effort to oppress Christianity out of existence.

After 1917, Mexico was led by anti-Catholic centralists, leftists, Marxists and other liberals who tried to evoke the anticlerical spirit of President Benito Juárez from the previous century. The liberal dictators were arrogant intellectual elites who considered Christians to be superstitious cowardly peasants easily crushed by sophisticated government forces, believing the campaign against them would resemble a “hunt” like killing game animals.

The War
Opposition to the anti-Christian policies began with the formations of various national organizations and then progressed to a decision by the bishops of Mexico to suspend all public worship and to begin a peaceful economic boycott of the government. However, the resistance which until this time had been non-violent became much stronger after the August 1926 siege of the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Guadalajara which left many dead including the parish priest and his vicar. This would be followed by several armed uprisings throughout Mexico.

Cristero Flag

Supported by a liberal press the atheist President Plutarco Elías Calles (1877-1945) escalated a policy of overt government oppression; the smoldering Cristero War officially began on 1 January 1927 with the manifesto “A la Nación” (To the Nation). This document declared that the time of battle had begun and a rebellion exploded in the State of Jalisco. The Cristeros began capturing various towns and villages while shouting: ¡Viva Cristo Rey! ¡Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe! (“Long live Christ the King! Long live the Virgin of Guadalupe”). “Viva Cristo Rey” is still a cry of resistance in Mexico.

The war raged as one untrained citizen military unit after another fought valiantly against the well equipped Mexican Army. The Christian forces defeated the Army in numerous set battles and controlled vast regions of western Mexico.

Facing defeat in the field the liberal government began a brutal policy of terrorism against the civilian population to no avail. Christian women formed all female support units and it is estimated that 10,000 volunteered. By 1929 the Cristero forces numbered nearly 50,000 armed men.

Mexican Liberals Lynched Christians
The war finally burned itself out. Even though the Mexican government never surrendered their agenda of cultural genocide against Christians was defeated.

With the assistance of the United States, a peace agreement was established on 21 June 1929 that allowed worship to resume in Mexico, permitted religious education in the churches and allowed clergy to petition for legal reform. Also the Catholic Church regained its property rights.

At its end, almost 90,000 people were killed during the war. As of 2010, anti-religious provisions of the Mexican Constitution remain although they are no longer enforced. Marxism is still very strong in
Mexico and several of the so-called “liberal” political parties are fronts for revolutionary communism.

Shared Heritage
Today thousands of Mexicans participate in the “Cristero Cabalagata” a horseback pilgrimage to commemorate the war with the Marxist government in Mexico City. The event grows larger each year. At Cubilete Mountian in the State of Guanajuato men and women climb to the top assembling at the base of the huge Statue of Cristo Rey. This is a ceremony to honor their ancestors who fought and died in the name of Faith and as a symbolic act to remind the Mexican government that the people will not be oppressed.

Millions of Mexicans are conservative Christians. Some know of our shared history but like most Americans they have been kept in the dark by leftists who control the media and the schools. We need to seek out those who have the same opinions we do and pay homage to their heritage and their struggle.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Politics of Angels

Seven Angels

Early Christians were well aware of the Angels that formed a major role in their spiritual as well as their temporal world. Angels were not just a theory or metaphor of faith. The Christians in the first millennium after the arrival of our Savior knew that Angels were real palpable beings who governed at the command of God.

Angels were not viewed solely as good natured guardians and radiant females with golden wings that protected children. The Angels of the Hebrew tradition and in the Old Testament were also warriors who defended Creation from evil with brutal force if commanded.

Not only were Angels Biblical but they formed the background that arose from the ancient Hebrew worldview. The world of Eden, the great king Melchizedec, and the earliest descendants of Adam and Eve resonated with the presence of Angels.

Yet today Angels are relegated to a backseat in the world of Christians. Often they are depicted as “new age” fairies looking like the cover art from a “romance” novel. At other times Angels are little more than chubby cherubs decorating a greeting card. Instead of a source of power for the faithful to defend us from our enemies, Angels have become a caricature. What happened?

Some Background

In a series of Church synods (meetings) between 743-745 AD the politically minded Pope Zachary was trying to finesse some thorny diplomatic issues. The Frankish and Germanic interest in the Church required power-sharing while in the East he had grave problems with Constantine V (son of Leo III) of Byzantium. In an attempt to placate the iconoclastic (image destroying) Constantine and keep peace in the burgeoning north Pope Zachary “downgraded” the role of several Archangels to sainthood at the behest of the Constantine faction.

Zachary’s actions briefly satisfied the desecrations of Constantine but gravely damaged the spiritual power of Christendom. At nearly the same time militant Islam was busy with the destruction of Christian North Africa and the invasion of Spain. Pope Zachary’s spiritual shortsightedness helped fuel the Islamic invasion which continues today.

Although the actions the Pope took were on the local synod level and did not rise to the official level of a General Council; the issue smoldered. Somewhat clarified by the next General Council (Second Nicaea, 787 AD) that conditionally supported the veneration of various religious images; the damage was done. Due to the volatility around those who supported the Angels with their use as a tool to acquire strength through devotion and the violent iconoclasts like Constantine V the matter was swept under the rug.

Angelic Politics

The policies of iconoclasts in the Catholic Church were nearly identical to the beliefs of Islam who completely forbade the use of Angelic images. So this controversy became a net gain for Islam which was able to get the Catholics to turn their backs on one of their most important allies; the Corps of Archangels.

As is sometimes the case Protestants fell in line and repeated the mistakes of their Catholic forerunners. Not understanding that there is a politics to Angels, Christians have allowed one of their most powerful assets to lie dormant while the enemies of Christendom celebrate one victory after another.

Even though the spelling and pronunciation has change over many millennia, The Seven Ruling Archangels; Raphael, Uriel, Michael, Gabriel, Zaphiel, Haniel, and Zadkiel: are eternal. They are a profound presence in our life whether we are aware of it or not.

Existing at the edge of consciousness these spiritual beings are the messengers, guardians, and soldiers for God. Angels guard the Gates of Eden; they visited Noah, came to Abraham then annihilated Sodom and Gomorrah, protected Mary, and provided innumerable un-named acts. All seven Archangels visit us in the Book of Revelations and absolutely declared their inherent dominion in prophecy.

Yet we want to turn them into pudgy little cherubs? Do we want to allow them to be controlled by pagans and Muslims? The answer for me is NO. I say they are our allies and the conduits to God.

With militant Islam on one horizon and militant materialism on the other horizon the only way we have to look is straight up. Without the alliance of God and his warrior Archangels we are naked and powerless in these “raven days” of our civilization.

D. S. Reif

"Seven Angels" Pencil drawing on paper.