They are winning.
It began slowly, with the battlefront focused on weddings and music, every new break from the ways of old creating a backlash of its own. With time, the outrage subsided and one is hard-pressed to find a wedding today held to the standards we all used to abide by.
With the advent of the smartphone, secular society found a new way to breach our bubble of holiness. Again, time weakened us and we no longer flinch when we see upstanding members of our community with the ultimate Trojan horse in their pockets, portals allowing the enemy through our borders, posing as an indispensable convenience.
The drop in clothing standards quickly followed. The battle is still being fought, but one only has to look around to see which side is winning.
However, throughout it all, the narrative was still on our side and hope was still alive. The headlines were how to deal with the rising struggles, the protest against the onslaught telling us that we might yet come out of this intact.
Now we have lost that, too.
Those who for years have pleaded to be understood for all their misdeeds, to whom judgement against their actions was always uncalled for, have now turned their judging eyes on us.
Now the headlines read “Look How Crazy the ‘Frummies’ Are.” Striving to uphold higher standards has become scandalous, something to be ashamed of. Practices that would have been lauded a few years ago have become open targets for the critical masses.
From being on the offensive, trying to eradicate negative influences before they could destroy us, we have been forced to go on the defensive, struggling to stave off those among us who demean and mock our way of life.
We may still be in this fight, but the tide is no longer in our favor. At this point, we may need to throw out the old battleplans and begin anew.
Most importantly, we must not falter from the knowledge that we are in the right. They may have forgotten, but we know which side came first and which came to usurp. We must feel pride for the very things they hope to shame us into giving up.
Otherwise, we have already lost.
A Distraught Soldier