The South is undoubtedly passing through a hellish time on earth, where all traces of her past culture are being expunged from existence and her people forced to adopt foreign and ruinous ideologies and practices. Not even Confederate soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery are allowed to have a memorial in their honor any longer. It is times like this that make the lives of the Christian martyrs so essential for her to read and dwell and act upon. The lives of two warrior-princes, David and Constantine, are especially relevant for Southerners who are striving to defend and live the ways of their ancestors, for these two martyrs also lived in very dark times:
Like Southerners of various sorts through the years who have fought to protect the fatherland from ravaging foes – whether false teachings like Unitarianism and evolution or actual physical foes like Yankee troops – the holy princes David and Constantine were able for a time to defeat the invaders, but later suffered an overwhelming defeat:
The South, we may say, is in captivity, the same that David and Constantine underwent at the hands of Marwan the Deaf. The parallel between the Georgians ‘fleeing to the forests’ and the Southern writer Donald Davidson’s poem ‘Sanctuary’ is worth taking note of:
The response of David and Constantine to their situation is instructive for Dixie:
The Southern generation that lived through the War with the North was able to say what the two Georgians said, that Southern sins led to their defeat. But modern Southrons seem to lack this humility. Are we prolonging our time stumbling and drifting through the Yankee wilderness because of this? But there is more:
Like the brothers, Dixie was ‘beaten without mercy’ during so-called Reconstruction, and also like them, they ‘steadfastly endured the suffering’ and ‘stunned’ their Yankee abusers. And, again, similar to Marwan, the Yanks (and now the globalists) then resorted to flattery, sorcery, and charms (in the form of access to Elite circles, teaching of heretical ideas like American exceptionalism in public schools, promises of unending economic improvement, etc.), which, alas, have worked here at the South, causing many to renounce the good, long-established ways of their mothers and fathers. We are ‘drowning in the shallow waters of the coast’ in Yankee errors like fundamentalism and pantheism. The antidote, of course, is the profession of faith in the ‘One True God’ – the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, by which David and Constantine overcame the wiles of their enemies, the faith toward which Southerners were once much more inclined.
This confession of faith may cause more suffering or even death for Southrons; it certainly brought that upon the brothers:
But death is not the end, by the Grace of God; after suffering comes glorification (continuing the pattern begun by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself with His suffering, death, resurrection, ascension, and second coming), though that too may take many years to come to full fruition:
It may be some time yet, but let Southerners not lose heart that with deep repentance, steadfast faith in the One True God, unshakeable resolve before their enemies, and help from martyrs like Sts David and Constantine (who pray to God from His holy altar, Rev. 6:9-10), Dixie will also see her enemies defeated, her culture resurrected, and her heroes honored.
Apart from that, what can she expect but her descent into another circle of Dante’s Inferno, the circle of Woke hell?
All quotes about the life of Sts David and Constantine are from this web page.
The pressures to conform to the woke religion are enormous and widespread. Institutions small and large, public and private – from school boards to the US Army; from Major League Baseball to US ambassadors – are attempting to force men, women, and children to accept un-Christian, unhistorical, untruthful ideologies about the sexes, about equality, about the climate, etc.
The South continues to be a target of the revolutionary reformers, a people whose culture must be demonized and destroyed in order for ‘progress’ to come nigh unto them and touch them with its precious hands.
It would surely be easier for faithful Southerners to simply give in to the pressures bearing down upon them, more sensible to accept our place in the technocratic order as sources of experimentation, exploitation, data, and revenue for the Pfizers, Amazons, and BlackRocks of the world.
Many unfortunately have faltered under the psychological, economic, etc., weight placed upon them. But for those who have not, it is imperative that they remain unreconstructed, that they resist no matter the cost, that their fidelity to Dixie never waver. The story of Queen Ketevan of Georgia (+1624) illustrates why this is crucial.
The country of Georgia has suffered many devastating invasions over her long history as a Christian people (her baptism came in the 4th century). One particularly destructive incursion came early in the 17th century at the hands of Muslims under Shah Abbas I of Persia. Desiring to extend his rule over the Georgian people, he launched a brutal assault:
This is reminiscent of what many parts of Dixie suffered from Lincoln’s Army and from ‘Reconstruction’. But Queen Ketevan did not despair despite these woeful circumstances, and neither should Dixie’s faithful sons and daughters as new battles rage within her between the woke and those who quite happily remain unwoke:
When the Shah pressed her to renounce her traditions, to accept Islam, to marry him, and enjoy bountiful and comfortable living, she flatly refused, and this had a tremendous impact on the Georgian people:
That is why it is vital for faithful Southerners never to give in to the Godless regime that holds sway today: to encourage other Southerners individually to hold out, to withstand, to resist, no matter how overwhelming the opposing forces appear. And it could also be that some new Joan of Arc will be inspired by seeing or hearing about a faithful Southron, and go on to lead Dixie collectively out of spiritual and/or physical captivity.
The immediate results of resistance may be disheartening at first glance, as Queen Ketevan’s may have looked to her people:
Yet the Most Holy Trinity will raise up the downtrodden and despairing through the presence and working of His Grace, whether manifesting internally or externally (or both) – But the Lord God sent a miracle: her holy relics were illumined with a radiant light.
We do not know with certainty what lies ahead for Dixie, but recent events do not point to a calm, rosy future. It is incumbent upon true Southerners, then, to preserve as much of their patrimony as they can so they might through it both awaken their misguided kinsmen from their phantasies about Yankee/American/globalist utopias as well as have a real community to offer them to rejoin if/when they do wake up.
But if they still refuse the good, old ways of our forefathers and mothers and attack us in cold blood, at least we will have the privilege of dying like the martyrs and can look forward to receiving an imperishable crown from Christ our Savior and perhaps also receiving some affection at our burial here on the earth, as our bodies join our Southern forebears’ in Dixie’s pleasant soil and our souls journey to meet theirs in the heavenly realm:
All quotations about the life of the Holy Martyr Queen Ketevan are from this web page: https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/2022/09/13/102608-greatmartyr-ketevan-queen-of-georgia
Walt Garlington is a chemical engineer turned writer (and, when able, a planter). He makes his home in Louisiana and is editor of the 'Confiteri: A Southern Perspective' web site.