13 June 2020: Pharaoh King of the Woke.

Last night I was wrathful. The statue of Captain Hamilton, who fell in the battle of Gate Pa, and for whom Hamilton is named in the Waikato, was removed by the local council because a local Maori elder threatened to destroy it. In the same manner, the statue of Baden-Powell in Poole is being put away by the council. The councils are fearful of the mob, and we now have a heckler’s vetp. The Greens call this good, as you would expect: they have gone full woke.

And the woke are hardening their hearts. they are not the people of slavery: they are Pharoah.

I am now fearful for my nation. Both of the people in these tweets are part of the current government, made up of the second, third and fourth highest polling parties at the last election. They claim to speak for me and mine. Yeah, right.

Exodus 6:28-7:13

28 On the day when the Lord spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, 29 the Lord said to Moses, “I am the Lord; tell Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say to you.” 30 But Moses said to the Lord, “Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips. How will Pharaoh listen to me?”

7 And the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet. 2 You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall tell Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go out of his land. 3 But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, 4 Pharaoh will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and bring my hosts, my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great acts of judgement. 5 The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring out the people of Israel from among them.” 6 Moses and Aaron did so; they did just as the Lord commanded them. 7 Now Moses was eighty years old, and Aaron eighty-three years old, when they spoke to Pharaoh.

8 Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 9 “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Prove yourselves by working a miracle’, then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and cast it down before Pharaoh, that it may become a serpent.’” 10 So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron cast down his staff before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent. 11 Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers, and they, the magicians of Egypt, also did the same by their secret arts. 12 For each man cast down his staff, and they became serpents. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. 13 Still Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the Lord had said.

Do not expect the people who oppress you to say that they are fascists and tyrants, though they are. They will say that they care for you: their regulations are for your good, and the violations of those regulations are for good reasons. The nations that are allowing the current woke guard protests to happen are the same peoples who have arrested church goers despite them keeping social distancing. Pharaoh thought he was protecting the Egyptian empire and people. He thought he was a patriot, and that the power he had was for the good of people and empire. So did the Pharisees. So do the woke. And all are in error.

Mark 7:1-13

7 Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, 2 they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. 3 (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands, holding to the tradition of the elders, 4 and when they come from the market-place, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.) 5 And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” 6 And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,

“‘This people honours me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
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in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

8 You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.”

9 And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honour your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 11 But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)— 12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13 thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

There are many elders who are bastards, and they become greater bastards as they age. Our duty to honour them is not related to their qualities or character, but ours. We do this for Christ, particularly with the unlovable.

But we don’t let them rule us. Our allegiance is to Christ, our duty is to our family, the church, and our neighbours. That is sufficient.

Let the woke rage. We will not be with them, or like them.