Locally, everyone is starting to think that the virus has left us. The COVID 19 testing stations are being closed, just as we are having the first heavy frosts. This is a time when I need to pray more for the generation who raised me, still alive, because winter is flu season, and winter has come.
I am not sure if we are out of this. The Jews were an example (often ignored): the nation that chases other Gods and does not give God glory will reap the anarchy they sow with their apostasy. New Zealand was founded by a treaty between two Christian nations, and we have no excuse.
35 “This Moses, whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’—this man God sent as both ruler and redeemer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush. 36 This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in Egypt and at the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years. 37 This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers.’ 38 This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our fathers. He received living oracles to give to us. 39 Our fathers refused to obey him, but thrust him aside, and in their hearts they turned to Egypt, 40 saying to Aaron, ‘Make for us gods who will go before us. As for this Moses who led us out from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ 41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol and were rejoicing in the works of their hands. 42 But God turned away and gave them over to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets:
“‘Did you bring to me slain beasts and sacrifices,
during the forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?
43 You took up the tent of Moloch
and the star of your god Rephan,
the images that you made to worship;
and I will send you into exile beyond Babylon.’
This is the final sermon of Stephen, who was martyred soon after. By a mob, angry at being reminded of inconvenient facts from their history. A little like now, when all signs of previous generations must be destroyed, and injuries are acceptable collateral damage.
We forget our history at our peril. To remind you: the Church Missionary Society preached the first sermon At Russell in Maori in 1814: by 1835 the musket inter tribal wars were over and most Maori chiefs and many of the people had converted to Christianity -- either Anglican or Catholic (The French were busy in the south). In 1840 the church and the British Resident negioated a treaty with the British Crown and the Confederated Chiefs of Aoteroa (who had a flay for their ships) as it was clear that the colonial project was coming, like it or not: the missionaries were divided as to if it was good for Maori. For the next 120 years most Maori and Pakeha (British, Scots, then Dutch) Were beleivers: the high point was the Billy Graham crusades in the 1950s.
Before I was born. During the last great change, the hippies rejected Christ and there was a falling away. Christ is now mocked, and the Guru, the Buddha, the old bloody Maori and Viking Gods, and Muhammed are revered.
We need to repent. Or we also will be sent to a Babylon, in chains.