When I was a child, I thought the persecution of the church was something that happened in communist China and Russia, but not here. Not now. I thought that New Zealand was nominally Christian. We had two cultures: Maori and Pakeha, and that was enough.
Both had been converted to Christianity: the Pakeha were English who dated it back about a thousand years, and the Maori 150 years. We sang Te Haranui, about the first sermon preached on Christmas Day, 1814, to the Maori.
Not now. The church is under attack in the West. We are multicultural, and all religious festivals must be celebrated, unless Christian. The elite are again casting us in the role of traitors: their definition of being a New Zealander is to be fair, tolerant, compassionate, and they state that Christ is none of the above.
The most recent tragic murder shows this: it has been blamed on white men, and all men must take responsibility. We are damned for what we have not done.
For this to happen is to share in what happened to Christ, true. We are not having Christians killed, as happens in Muslim countries (for blasphemy), yet.
And we can speak still: for that we should praise God. For we may be able to turn back.
Because their will be recompense, and that utu will be ugly.
1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers,[a] as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. 4 Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring.
5 This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— 6 since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 7 and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels 8 in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from[b] the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, 10 when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. 11 To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
We live in a time of big lies and virtue signals. The trouble, for the elite, is that the lies stoped being believable. The current example is not the German propaganda from last year, but the Yellow Jacket revolt of this one.
Funny you should hit upon that. One of the things that had brought ordinary people into the streets was related to the fuel-tax hike but was not the tax itself. Part of that whole "package" prohibited people living in certain arronidssements of Paris from driving their used cars in certain parts of the city. That therefore also made it impossible for these ordinary people to sell their now largely useless cars. There's a certain degree of unsubtantiality or "unnoticibaleness" to something like a gasoline tax because it ends up just being part of the retail price, so you don't notice it. But when you are forbidden to drive your own car, that is very noticeable and immediate indeed, and it was that which drove infuriated working people and retirees into the streets. And on French websites there was a lot of bitching about how the Muslim down the street with four wives and 18 children was getting welfare to the tune of 5000 euros a month AND a huge apartment--ALL "free"--while French working people and retirees are living on FAR less, and so on. And Christine Tasin published that editorial saying point blank that this is a nationalist uprising (one day last week). And so on.
So, yeah, it's a nationalist/identitarian uprising. The global warming fuel tax was merely the trigger--like the assassination of the Austrian archduke in 1914. The explosion was ready to happen, but it needed a trigger. Funny thing is that the global warming tax ended up increasing France's carbon footprint because of all those burning cars.
Mr Darcy, Vox Popoli
To the elite, our rulers, I say this: your course will lead to not merely the destruction of your political projects (for all politics ends in failure) but the damnation of your souls. Go back to first principles. The duty of the King is preserve the nation from enemies within and without, so that the people can live in peace and are encouraged to live Godly, Sober and upright lives.
It is not about being praised in the United Nations or the EU: they are converged, evil, and will burn.
If you do not allow a peaceful reform -- a change of power in reality between the conservative and reforming parties that exist in every country -- then change will come, and it will not be by the ballot or judiciary or treaty.
It will be on the streets. And, if history gives us patterns, it will be by violence.
The path you are on leads to destruction. Change it.
For we will not align with this path, nor will we be like you.