Rules for the Remnant (Part 2)

It should be obvious by now that a mission to the Remnant is a thankless and tiring job. We have already learned that (1) the masses aren’t much interested in Remnant messages, but despite this (2) the truth must be spoken clearly and often. These are the first two rules of Remnant work. The last two are just as important as the first, but they are really two halves of the same concept: (3) the Remnant is anonymous; (4) the Remnant will find you.

If the fact that the Remnant is anonymous doesn’t completely discourage you, then give Albert Jay Nock’s words an opportunity to test your resolve:

In any given society the Remnant are always … an unknown quantity. You do not know, and will never know, more than two things about them. You can be sure of those — dead sure, as our phrase is — but you will never be able to make even a respectable guess at anything else. You do not know, and will never know, who the Remnant are, nor what they are doing or will do. Two things you do know, and no more: First, that they exist; second, that they will find you. Except for these two certainties, working for the Remnant means working in impenetrable darkness.

How’s that for a job description? Are you ready to sign up yet? But wait, if you are already here, reading the articles on this website, it means that you are at least moderately concerned about the state of affairs in modern America. It means that even though you see much going on to be angry and indignant over, you still have a glimmer of hope for a brighter tomorrow. It means that despite the plentiful road signs indicating that we are approaching hell on government-funded rails, you still believe it is possible to turn this handbasket around. It means that you may be one of the Remnant. It means that we are no longer anonymous and that you have found us.

You see, sending out messages designed to reach the Remnant is similar to what SETI and fisherman do. SETI, the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Life, sends signals out into space, tirelessly listening for a response of some sort. SETI is convinced (whether rightly or wrongly) that life DOES exist in other parts of the universe and it goes about its business of locating it by blindly transmitting signals far and wide across the starry expanse. Similarly, a fisherman throws a baited hook time and time again into the same lake hoping for an opportunity to reel in the prize fish. SETI has yet to hear back and the fisherman often goes home empty-handed, but hope and determination bring them back again the next day. Despite the daily discouragement, the hope of a different result tomorrow drives them to do it again and again. And so it is with Remnant messengers.

The biblical prophet Elijah found himself in a similar situation. He had taken God’s message back and forth and after much discouragement and active persecution against both his message and his body, he fled to the desert. Finding him there, the Lord asked him what he was doing so far from his workplace:

Elijah said that he was running away, not because he was a coward, but because all the Remnant had been killed off except himself. He had got away only by the skin of his teeth, and, he being now all the Remnant there was, if he were killed the True Faith would go flat. The Lord replied that he need not worry about that, for even without him the True Faith could probably manage to squeeze along somehow if it had to; “and as for your figures on the Remnant,” He said, “I don’t mind telling you that there are seven thousand of them back there in Israel whom it seems you have not heard of, but you may take My word for it that there they are.”

Elijah was finding out that Rule #3 was frustrating and debilitating. But, as Nock points out, if God’s prophet could so overlook 7000 like-minded Remnant warriors, then so might we. In fact, we should count on it. The problem with other Remnant people is that they are just like you—skeptical and cautious. They are just as concerned that you are a fake as you are of them. The masses have made head-nodding an art, but only the Remnant nods with head and heart. The problem for us mortals is that we can only witness the head (1 Samuel 16:7), so finding heart nods makes for much more difficult work. But rest assured that they will eventually find you. Unless, of course, you have already resigned your post and have retired to the desert.