5 February 2020 (Two anthems)

We are soon approaching Waitangi Day and the woke want to remove the first verse of our national song[1]. For the non Kiwis, the official version is below. To appease the Turk and the woke, the idea is to omit the first verse.

I guess it sold a few papers, and it is an election year.

God of Nations at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific’s triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.

Men of every creed and race,
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
God defend our free land.
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our state,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

Peace, not war, shall be our boast,
But, should foes assail our coast,
Make us then a mighty host,
God defend our free land.
Lord of battles in Thy might,
Put our enemies to flight,
Let our cause be just and right,
God defend New Zealand.

Let our love for Thee increase,
May Thy blessings never cease,
Give us plenty, give us peace,
God defend our free land.
From dishonour and from shame,
Guard our country’s spotless name,
Crown her with immortal fame,
God defend New Zealand.

May our mountains ever be
Freedom’s ramparts on the sea,
Make us faithful unto Thee,
God defend our free land.
Guide her in the nations’ van,
Preaching love and truth to man,
Working out Thy glorious plan,
God defend New Zealand.

Besides, we are in the week where the annual confrontations at Waitangi occur, recalling when the confederated chiefs of Aoteoroa ceded sovereignty to the crown on Feb 6, 1940 [2]. This is not (fortunately) distracting the government from setting up a good quarantine place for people repatriated from Wuhan.

Despite any concerns about the economy and fortunes, people matter more. We can expect some hard times coming as surely as politicians and the press will lie.

There will be hard times, and those of faith will be abused. Rejoice. Our enemies are making mistakes. Fear instead, when they say nice things about you.

Luke 6:17-26

17 And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, 18 who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. 19 And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all.

20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:

“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.

“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.

22 “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.

24 “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.

25 “Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry.

“Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.

26 “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.

Note that Christ first helped those in need. He had shown his power. He then speaks: and in doing so he offends the rich and connected, the comfortable, the complacent, and those who are winning the prizes set by the spirit of this age.

Which will lead to destruction. Do not be converged with that: if will not be health for your soul.

1. The real National Anthem is “God Save the Queen”. It makes the Kiwi song look politically correct. Corbyn won’t sing it, but, in this fallen time, it just helps us declare sides.

God Save the Queen

God save our gracious Queen

Long live our noble Queen

God save the Queen

Send her victorious

Happy and glorious

Long to reign over us

God save the Queen

O Lord our God arise

Scatter her enemies

And make them fall

Confound their politics

Frustrate their knavish tricks

On Thee our hopes we fix

God save us all

Thy choicest gifts in store

On her be pleased to pour

Long may she reign

May she defend our laws

And ever give us cause

To sing with heart and voice

God save the Queen

Not in this land alone

But be God’s mercies known

From shore to shore

Lord make the nations see

That men should brothers be

And form one family

The wide world over

From every latent foe,

From the assassins blow,

God save the Queen!

O’er her thine arm extend,

For Britain’s sake defend,

Our mother, prince, and friend,

God save the Queen!

2. The alternative were being taken over by the French, or far worse, the Americans. The Maori were not stupid: the Brits keep their word some of the time… more than, historically, other such powers have with indigenous people.

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1 year ago

Okay, so the first verse has MORE God, but none of the verses are un-God. And both of your national anthems are good.

No one can really sing ours (see the beginning of every ball game ever – ouch!), stealing your (real) anthem and re-writing the lyrics produced a much more singable tune. But then we’re kinda shy because we totally lifted it.