…and does not need Christendom to survive and thrive. Here’s a little tweet the made the rounds last month:
People who despair over the loss of Christendom see things like this as the trump of doom. People who believe that Jesus is Lord of history see this as an opportunity. What matters is the truth of the statement, not the minor trivia that the person who wrote on the chalkboard does not yet know who said it. It’s something any Christian could correct with a word if he is not consumed with finding reasons for despair. Indeed, it could be the basis of a whole conversation and a beautiful friendship.
This is the basic difference between the living Tradition and mere Traditionalism.
Traditionalism is about endlessly mourning a mythical past and despairing of the present and the future.
Traditionalism is about the vain attempt to shore up fading hegemonic earthly power.
The living Tradition is about the reality that any Tom, Dick, Harry, Jane, Sally, or Mary can cooperate with the grace of Jesus Christ and undergo theosis and, ultimately, glorious Resurrection in the New Heaven and the New Earth.
Traditionalism is not merely about the death of hope, but the active quest to kill it if things don’t go the Traditionalist’s way in the quest for earthly power.
The living Tradition is filled with hope because God is living. It says not, “All is lost!” but “Be it done to me according to your word.”