|Jeremiah the Weeping Prophet|
Currently, where I am, it is 9:38 PM on December 31, 2017. These are the last hours of the year that just closed.
So much transpired in 2017, much of which I am trying to understand by writing longer articles to be submitted to journals elsewhere. For now, on English Manif itself, I am sticking with the theme of "Mapping the Swamp" for several months, trying to use this platform to help whoever reads this blog, in the important task of understanding the Swamp we fight. If we understand it and know how and where its parts work, we will be more effective at conquering it in 2018 or perhaps another year not long after.
For today, I want to focus on the important role of grief and lamentation. While it is New Year's Eve, I am not celebrating. I am not rejoicing. I allowed myself joy and levity for Christmas, as I called to mind the many things I need to remember about the birth of Jesus Christ. There is a role, however, for the opposite of rejoicing--for feeling the full weight of society's wrongs against Jesus Christ. For the Swamp we fight has gradually become more understandable and identifiable to me. I know now that the Swamp is really the space of absence from Jesus Christ. It is ungodliness above all that is driving the social and political corruption that we learned, in 2017, we must fight with all our power.