Eternal: Valid for all time; essentially unchanging
Revolution: (from the Latin revolutio, "a turn around") a fundamental change in power or organizational structures
The concept of Eternal Revolution is humanity’s constant struggle for that perfection known as the Kingdom of God. Against us is the fallen world, including destructive ideas that rise in every generation like perennial weeds, and a jealous consciousness of evil that seeks our annihilation.
Into this war we are all born. We are the resistance, we are the combatants, and we are the battlefield.
Eternal Revolution seeks to arm Christians to keep, defend and spread the faith, building up the resistance against the enemies of humanity, including our own fallen selves.
The one thing each of us can control is our own will. Therefore the first goal of the Eternal Revolution is the constant turning of the will toward the ideal of the Kingdom of God, regardless of the shifting circumstance around us. Only with the idea that our own soul is ever in jeopardy (Philippians 2:12-13) can we then take the fight outward, becoming outspoken opponents to injustice and witnesses to the Gospel and to God’s mercy.
The Flaming Earth
The Flaming Earth is a frequently used symbol for the Eternal Revolution, calling to mind Jesus’ words, "I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” (Luke 12:49) If each of us keeps our will in line with His, we will set the world on fire.
Also, G.K. Chesterton further touched on the metaphor in Orthodoxy, stating that “Christianity even when watered down is hot enough to boil all modern society to rags. The mere minimum of the Church would be a deadly ultimatum to the world.”
Christians are called to be servants and warriors of Christ, but our modern culture emphasizes passivity and individuality. The Way of the Christian Samurai uses texts from those ancient masters of the art of war, the Samurai, whose title literally means “one who serves” to school modern Christians in the importance of discipline, service, and resolve of the will.
G.K. Chesterton is a tremendous influence on Eternal Revolution. A journalist, author, and artist, Chesterton’s many (and very quotable) writings examine the ideas of a cosmic philosophy, including the idea of true revolution. The name Eternal Revolution comes from the heading of a chapter in his book, Orthodoxy.
To the orthodox there must always be a case for revolution; for in the hearts of men God has been put under the feet of Satan. In the upper world hell once rebelled against heaven. But in this world heaven is rebelling against hell. For the orthodox there can always be a revolution; for a revolution is a restoration.
- G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
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