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Lectionary New Zealand

20 August 2019

One of the weird things that the elite do (apart from destroying morals and strip mining corporations) is think that there will be no consequences to their behaviour. They can reject God, despise his people, destroy the nation and peoples, import a new population that are more amenable to their needs — and there will be no blowback.

They will be safe. They have a farm in new Zealand. They don’t understand that the dual citizen progressive (green) politicians we have over here are making us consider all of the progressive club suspect. Perhaps they do know that, so they want us disarmed.

Note that Jeremiah was sent to all the nations around him. Most of whom no longer exist. Peoples remain, but the structure of government can fall. The most recent empire to topple was the Soviet one, which looked impregnable for most of last century.

It is a fearful thing for a nation to fall into the hands of the living God.

“Kindergarten №1 junior group learning about airplanes on Aviation Day”
Yelabuga, USSR, 1937
Photograph courtesy of Nina Pikkel

15 For thus the Lord, the God of Israel, says to me, “Take this cup of the wine of wrath from My hand and cause all the nations to whom I send you to drink it. 16 They will drink and stagger and go mad because of the sword that I will send among them.”

17 Then I took the cup from the Lord’s hand and made all the nations to whom the Lord sent me drink it: 18 Jerusalem and the cities of Judah and its kings and its princes, to make them a ruin, a horror, a hissing and a curse, as it is this day; 19 Pharaoh king of Egypt, his servants, his princes and all his people; 20 and all the foreign people, all the kings of the land of Uz, all the kings of the land of the Philistines (even Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron and the remnant of Ashdod); 21 Edom, Moab and the sons of Ammon; 22 and all the kings of Tyre, all the kings of Sidon and the kings of the coastlands which are beyond the sea; 23 and Dedan, Tema, Buz and all who cut the corners of their hair; 24 and all the kings of Arabia and all the kings of the foreign people who dwell in the desert; 25 and all the kings of Zimri, all the kings of Elam and all the kings of Media; 26 and all the kings of the north, near and far, one with another; and all the kingdoms of the earth which are upon the face of the ground, and the king of Sheshach shall drink after them.

27 “You shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “Drink, be drunk, vomit, fall and rise no more because of the sword which I will send among you.”’ 28 And it will be, if they refuse to take the cup from your hand to drink, then you will say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “You shall surely drink! 29 For behold, I am beginning to work calamity in this city which is called by My name, and shall you be completely free from punishment? You will not be free from punishment; for I am summoning a sword against all the inhabitants of the earth,” declares the Lord of hosts.’

 

This is getting a bit long and political, but Jeremiah was talking about the death of the polis, the city state. By the end of Judah, the small polis of the Phoenicians had to merge with Carthage for face the Assyrians alone — which never ended well. We are facing a similar time, when, regardless of the rhetoric of inclusion and tolerance, society is becoming more exclusive and less tolerant. That exclusivity does come at a cost.

Vaughan describes “that routine nonconformity, mistake, misconduct and disaster, are systematically produced by the interconnection between environment, organizations, cognition and choice.” To describe it more in detail she states that “social normalization of deviance means that people within the organization become so much accustomed to a deviant behavior that they don’t consider it as deviant, despite the fact that they far exceed their own rules for the elementary safety.”

Stein argues on the other hand, that “institutional change creates feelings of loss and grief that are often denied; leading to an inability to mourn that can destroy trust and produce aggression.” In summary he writes that “throughout the United States and indeed the world, organizations have become places of darkness, where emotional savagery and brutality are now commonplace and where psychological forms of violence — intimidation, degradation, and dehumanization — are the norm.”

The psychologist sees it from a change management perspective while the sociologist sees it as “deviant management,” which in itself can be viewed as change. It is possible to deduce that both authors are addressing the same issue which is probably why they both refer to “dark organizations,” and not dark intentions.
Johann Theron, Amerika

If the church and all its ministries are being put to the test, tried, judged and regulated, then the same measure will be paid to those who encouraged such. The standard they applied to the righteous will be the measure that they will be seen to fail.

And they will fall, still facing giving an account for their life before an all knowing, terrible God. Avoid being like such. They will fall, but first they will be disorganised, incoherent, and probably irrationally dangerous.

For the sake of your soul, do not be one of them.