Lectionary for the woke.

Last year I was going through a fair amount of turmoil, much of which I could not write about. Much of which relates to human resources, and regulation of speech. We have a liberal polity. But we have an example of how to deal with a liberal polity.

The Sadduccees did not survive the destruction of Jerusalem. They were the party of the elite: they did not believe in the resurrection of the dead, or angels, or demons, and doubted the prophets. They certainly despised Christ, for he did not descend from a Maccabean or priestly branch, and had been raised in the low rent part of Israel.

And their reaction to the Apostles was to silence them. Remove their platform, Imprison them.

Autumn colours, Central Otago

17 But the high priest rose up, along with all his associates (that is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy. 18 They laid hands on the apostles and put them in a public jail. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison, and taking them out he said, 20 “Go, stand and [a]speak to the people in the temple [b]the whole message of this Life.” 21 Upon hearing this, they entered into the temple about daybreak and began to teach.
Now when the high priest and his associates came, they called the [c]Council together, even all the Senate of the sons of Israel, and sent orders to the prison house for them to be brought. 22 But the officers who came did not find them in the prison; and they returned and reported back, 23 saying, “We found the prison house locked quite securely and the guards standing at the doors; but when we had opened up, we found no one inside.” 24 Now when the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them as to what [d]would come of this. 25 But someone came and reported to them, “The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!” 26 Then the captain went along with the officers and proceeded to bring them back without violence (for they were afraid of the people, that they might be stoned).

Acts 5:17-26

Luke says that these rulers were jealous, and I do not doubt that. The Romans, cynically had called the voice of the people the voice of God before the Augustan age (now past) and all politicians fear the crowd. The Pharisees knew that they would lose any election.

(One of the things I have seen is that liberal theologians desire and fight for the places on the committees of power, and the position of honoour. Pastors who believe generally don’t care: they are too busy feeding the flock. The Pharisees were quite imperfect, but they cared for the people, not power, and that lack of drive meant they were the perpetually out of power.

However, modern Judaism is based on the Torah which is the teaching of these Pharisees written after Titus scoured Israel and made Palestine).

However, this is not merely that. This is why the name of Christ, to modern progressives, is like Voldemort: never to be uttered. In case they turn to Christ, and be healed. Despite the fact that they are turning to Christ.

This is not a time to cower in fear of the Senate and their troops. It is a time of harvest. Preach the word, and let the people declare their loyalty. Rulers included. their useful minions, the woke, included. Their eternal fate is in their hands.