Tamock
The Agrarian and Military Order of
Christ the King
The North American Commanderie – Reflections
The Bible is, among other things, a book of wisdom. We can gain much from it for practical application in our daily lives. To that end we offer periodic reflections on selected passages for the edification of members of our Order and any others who care to partake.
Sayings of the wise
Proverbs 24:27-34 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house. 28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips. 29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work. 30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. 32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. 33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 34 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.

Be Organized - In verse 27, the reader is admonished to prepare his 'work' before building his house. In Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, the base of the pyramid consists of physiological needs - food, water, warmth, and rest. The next level up the pyramid is safety needs - safety and security. As we know, physiological needs must come before safety needs. It's difficult to consider one's own safety while starving or dying of thirst, freezing to death or suffering from exhaustion. For that reason, preparation of one's 'work' - planting the fields, mastering a trade, gaining skills for survival - should come before the safety and security afforded by building one's 'house'.

The simple message here is 'first things first' and that presupposes being organized, having a plan, and having one's priorities straight. We, in the Order, have begun to build our 'house' - the Order itself. Spiritually, we have accepted that we are here in the physical realm for but a short while and that we need to appreciate, honor, and serve our Creator. Physically, we have honed our skills, prepared for our sustenance, and developed the fitness of our bodies. First things first. Now, we will build our 'house', we will build our organization, we will build our Order.

Be Just - Verses 28 and 29 speak to justice. We live in a world that has become ever more deceptive. Whether it be our political and clerical 'leaders', medical, banking, and legal 'professionals', media 'journalists', or university 'professors', lies, fraud and deception are now commonplace. It is often easy to spot such as this, finding truth more difficult. It seems everyone has an agenda and no lengths are too extreme in the promotion of same. What was good has become evil and what was evil has become good.

The teaching in verse 28 is, again, quite simple. Do not bear false witness and do not lie. We should also remember the 'sin' of omission. Withholding truth is, if not the same as, very close to telling a lie. Our Order is based, in large part, on honor and by extension, justice. We must ever let our 'yes be yes and our no be no'.

Verse 29 is reminiscent of 'vengeance is mine, saith the Lord'. As the Master taught, no 'eye for eye' or 'tooth for tooth'. Application of the 'Golden Rule' is pleasing to God. 'Eye for eye' leads only to continued external strife and internal bitterness. Both Christ (Matthew 5:38-48) and Paul (Romans 12:17-21; 1Thessalonians 5:15) teach against vengeance for minor (ex. slap on the cheek) and/or personal (ex. libel/slander) offenses.

However, in Luke 22:36 the Master instructs his disciples to purchase swords for personal protection. In keeping with the Order's adherence to the Non-Aggression Principle, we only resort to violence if violence is first meted out against us. Violent acts are only appropriate in defense of ourselves, our families, our communities, or the weak. Our aim is to live peacefully and in avoidance of discord with our neighbors.

Be Focused - Verses 30-31 refers to those lacking judgment; the lazy and neglectful. Western Civilization, today, is a sound example. The Entropy Cycle of Civilizations (Production - Progressive Growth and Unification - Decline and Adjustments - Breakdown - Devolution) is easily seen from our civilizations' beginnings of virtue and hard work through the development of wealth, power, and pride leading to comfort, slothfulness, and dependence and, finally, to system-wide breakdown.

Any honest observer can surely see the 'broken walls' and 'fields and vineyards choked with vines and nettles' in our society. A lack of vigilance leads to destruction. A lack of effort leads to failure. The people of the West have been guilty of both lack of vigilance and lack of effort and have thus lost their way. The majority of them transformed by our wealth and comfort to a lazy, weak, ignorant, and dependent lot. We are ill prepared to meet the barbarians at the gate, much less those already in our midst.

Verses 32 through 34 contain the lesson to be observed. Indolence leads to poverty. We have, to a large degree, transitioned from a society of doers to a society of takers. We recline in our comfortable beds of consumerism rather than meeting the day with production of goods. As a result, we have nothing to sell for income and rack up rampant debt, having outsourced the means to pay for it.

Many have not yet awakened to our 'poverty'. To them the awakening will come as a shock, as a bandit or attacking soldier taking all that they have. We, in the Order, are wide awake. We recognize the dire straits into which the West has fallen. Our leaders are corrupt and our people are soft. We have allowed our 'leaders' to not only leave open the gates, but to provide an invitation and sustenance to the barbarians. Indeed, many Westerners, themselves, have devolved to the level of the barbarian through hedonistic lifestyle choices, violence, and depravity. It is hard to imagine how the combination of native and imported savages, if left unabated, will not result in the fall of the West.

Recognizing all this, it is important to be focused. Focused on the state of our surroundings. Focused on preparations for the hard times that will likely soon visit. Focused on building a community of men and women who remain true to our Western traditions. We must be organized, we must be just, and we must be focused.

Deus Vult
Brother Robert, Chaplain of the Order