1 May 2020

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Adam noted that the Dutch advice for this current virus contains a lot of information for the followers of Mohammed but none for the followers of Christ. Perhaps it is because we are better regulated, or perhaps it is because the rulers of Holland fear Islam and the violence they bring. Not sure about this. But Adam offended a Karen.

On the same website, if you would have cared to look, there is a section called “Changes to measures after 28 April” Seriously, you don’t have to go to college to learn navigating a website! And by the way, you are not Dutch, probably just a bigot bogan. So how come you are so worried what the Dutch put on their government website? Come back to Australia, where there is a paddy wagon waiting for you.

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A Karen. Human Rights Commisioner in Melbourne. From the Age.

I note that Adam is called a bogan. And that he will be arrested by the authorities if he returns to the village of the damned. For the Karens always appeal to authorities, not having the courage to confront directly. She forgets that each Sabbath is a high and holy day for a Catholic such as Adam, and since April 28 there have been the Saint’s Days in that Church for Catherine of Siena and Pius V

I’m Protestant, Reformed, but I’m not ignorant. Catherine of Siena and Pius V dealt with a time of schizm and conflict. We may face the same. But both worked with fallen rulers, who opposed the faith as surely as Pharoah did.

Exodus 3:16-22

16 Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I have observed you and what has been done to you in Egypt, 17 and I promise that I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land flowing with milk and honey.”’ 18 And they will listen to your voice, and you and the elders of Israel shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us; and now, please let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.’ 19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand. 20 So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders that I will do in it; after that he will let you go. 21 And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty, 22 but each woman shall ask of her neighbour, and any woman who lives in her house, for silver and gold jewellery, and for clothing. You shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.”

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In the end our kingdom is not of this world. It is of Christ. A Godly ruler will attend to the laws of God and promote righteousness. We should pray for such, but not expect that, for the spirit of the world has always been against Christ.

1 Peter 2:13-17

13 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

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We are free in Christ. We obey the laws of our rulers, even (as now) when they are stupid and evil (And no, I’m not on twitter: I understand html). But we don’t let our vices enslave us. In the age of the Karen and the bans because of feelings, the vice we need to watch is wrath: for their regulations will breed righteous anger. And remember: the author of the epistle, was killed for he feared God more than emperor.