29 August 2020

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I have reached the point where the current media are being shunned. There is no need to watch the news. The COVID lockdown will continue. Masks shall be worn. We can travel or we cannot travel. Since we have family scattered, the rules vary from place to place, and we can only do so much about it.

We can find ourselves exhausted by the amount of contention in our society. It is reaching the point where we don’t trust anyone.

We have caught them being economical with the truth a few too many times.

I don’t believe a word of what she and her Government now say about their Covid response. I now do not trust them to keep Covid out of this country anymore.

Helen du Plessis Allen, quoted at Kiwiblog

When we are at such a time of crisis you want to be anywhere else. You don’t want to be around. It is not about your virtue, or about your integrity. Your nationality, your religion, even the colour of your skin is your uniform, and you are hated for telling the truth, or even just for existing.

We should not delude ourselves that this is not a time of disaster: nor that a fair amount of the disaster is the inadvertent (I am thinking more incompetence than malice with the NZ situation) consequences of their actions. But it hurts us, as it hurt Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 15:10-14

10 Woe to me, my mother, that you have borne me
As a man of strife and a man of contention to all the land!
I have not lent, nor have men lent money to me,
Yet everyone curses me.
11 The Lord said, “Surely I will set you free for purposes of good;
Surely I will cause the enemy to make supplication to you
In a time of disaster and a time of distress.

12 “Can anyone smash iron,
Iron from the north, or bronze?
13 “Your wealth and your treasures
I will give for booty without cost,
Even for all your sins
And within all your borders.
14 “Then I will cause your enemies to bring it
Into a land you do not know;
For a fire has been kindled in My anger,
It will burn upon you.”

So we are being told we have to take responsibility and obey those we can no longer trust. We are told we should pity the strangers. We are told we should not mention this, or that.

We are told to be kind, but I am not sure what that means, because the actions we have seen are not kind. (It may be different elsewhere, but that is what it is like in NZ).

You see kindness in actions.

Matthew 8:14-17

14 When Jesus came into Peter’s home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she got up and waited on Him. 16 When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: “He Himself took our infirmities and carried away our diseases.”

This process is going to take as long as it takes. We are fools if we think we can control this or any virus by declarations of political will. It is, quite literally, in the hands of God now (regardless of if the COVID is a zoonosis or something more malevolent and designed).

We should protect our elders and grieve for the loss and rebuild a society. We need to not talk nicely: our leaders do that.

Instead we should preach Christ, and do as he did: act for good.

One thought on “29 August 2020

  1. I haven’t seen my parents in almost six months except once when they defied the rules to visit across borders.

    I don’t want to go to the store for fear of being harangued by some clueless git and reacting violently.

    I don’t want to go to work because they have changed my job to something I never wanted to do in the first place.

    I don’t want to go to the city because I won’t go disarmed and I don’t want to spend my life in prison because some overzealous and politically motivated prosecutor decides to make a career of me.

    I can see where despair and depression might set in.

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