We are not to conform to this world, or the agenda of this world. When you have a social welfare system and social housing that is priced and market rates — meaning that the average disabled person has to get food packages a few times a year — you have a problem.
There are solutions. One is to teach how to garden. Seriously. You can grow some vegetables all year round. In NZ, Silverbeet (swiss chard) is hard to kill, up north Chokos are invasive, and we have to gut the mnt out of the garden routinely. But you then have to teach people how to eat them. Kea can teach a master class in this stuff.
But our elite want us to not have dirt, or a deck big enough for a garden. They want us dependent on their mass food. In the last crisis the churches built food banks and soc ail outreach because the government was failing. Two decades later, they are still there. They are worthy… but whose agenda are they pushing? When the church takes the money of the state, then the agenda of the state is imposed by the civil service.
And we should not allow the rulers of our nations pull us from God, even if that seems convenient.
14 And the word of the Lord came to me: 15 “Son of man, your brothers, even your brothers, your kinsmen, the whole house of Israel, all of them, are those of whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, ‘Go far from the Lord; to us this land is given for a possession.’ 16 Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Though I removed them far off among the nations, and though I scattered them among the countries, yet I have been a sanctuary to them for a while in the countries where they have gone.’ 17 Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.’ 18 And when they come there, they will remove from it all its detestable things and all its abominations. 19 And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, 20 that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 21 But as for those whose heart goes after their detestable things and their abominations, I will bring their deeds upon their own heads, declares the Lord God.”
22 Then the cherubim lifted up their wings, with the wheels beside them, and the glory of the God of Israel was over them. 23 And the glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city and stood on the mountain that is on the east side of the city. 24 And the Spirit lifted me up and brought me in the vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to the exiles. Then the vision that I had seen went up from me. 25 And I told the exiles all the things that the Lord had shown me.
This prophecy may be coming true in the land of Israel, for the Jews have been allowed to enter it again. But consider this: the kingdom of God is here, and not here. The spirit of this age, and any age, is anti-christian. Most people accept this, but those of Christ can not ever do so. We have to reform our lives, our families, our congregation, our society.
In any time, we will lose as often as we win.
But at the end, we will all called be home. May we be so called. For the fate of the apostate is an eternal horror.