One of the dangers we face, if we see clearly, is smugness. Things are changing, and you look at the storm that is coming, so you get into port, where you are snug in safe in the pub, your boat nicely anchored. A certain sense of pride: you avoided great risk.
But my mate has a story about how he was once on a boat ordered out of shelter into a Southern storm. It's horrifying for landsmen like me. Adam is correct about one of the rules -- the media promotes Pravda, and Pravda is never true
We’re going to continue on the theme of universities that we got going with, (for the 2577th time), yesterday. This morning a casual perusal of various feeds provided the hawt chicks & links with a feeling of slowly sinking into a very warm bath while maidens fanned our head with olive branches and a giant slave slowly poured oils of wondrous scent into the steaming water.
In other words, we’re right again.
How does one handle being right so very often? It’s difficult, but we manage. What’s not difficult is being right. You see, to be right, all you have to do is to say the opposite of whatever it is the media is pushing.
However, I don't like being right. I see the pain that is happening: from working out that the home improvements that people are putting in how won't work that well if and when house prices drop markedly, or when I see the churches running serial services with 10 people present at each. When I see that every shop has a maximum number of people within it, and I have to queue standing on marks taped on the floor to get jobs done, I seethe.
And I think that it will not end well if I let my anger out. At present, we need to bend with the rules: their ridiculous nature will soon be shown. The cure for my anger is to recall that i can be a micromanager, and do damange, and to know that I don't have all the facts.
This requires humility. I don't like humility. I'd rather be in Adam's hot tub, after kicking out everyone but Kea.
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
17 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
6 “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. 8 For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.
Jesus is praying for us, and asks that we are being kept from this world. We are in the world -- we have to work, and we have to interact with others, for the church cannot continue to be 10 people meeting under regulation for the table and nothing else -- but this world will tempt us.
And there is a test. If the world protects you and makes excuses for you, you are deemed to be no threat, to he aligned with the world and not CHrist
"If you've got a problem figuring out whether you're for me or for Trump, then you ain't black."
- Joe Biden
What I find telling, if not even remotely surprising, is the fact that a search for Biden's words already results primarily in references to his apology. See, it's a non-story now. He has already apologized. It would be unfair and wrong to hold his words against him. Besides, it was just a jest, which of course should not be confused with a racist joke.
This is another way to easily ascertain who has taken the ticket and who has not. If you cross a media-declared line, you apologize, and your apology is not only accepted immediately, but results in the instant disappearance of your offense, you have taken the ticket.
If, on the other hand, your apology is taken as a confession of your guilt and is completely ignored as you are beaten over the head with your words until the end of time, you probably have not sold your soul to the god of this world.
This world may roar. It claims to be mighty. However, what is says is ridiculous. Laugh. The Karens and Grundys hate mockery, and will note your resistance.
But do not take that ticket. You have been elected by God. Do not be one of them.