Today's lectionary has taken some time to get up because I'm looking at the current situation and it is not looking good. The places we thought were secure: the suburbs, the leafy neighbourhoods of our cities, have become areas of risk. Even those who live in the country in the USA have had people try to burn their forests and farms out -- and sometimes succeed.
Didact sees a civil war coming. He has lived longer in the USA that I have -- I have only visited, and have not set foot in the USA except to transit to somewhere else since the TSA came into force. I worry about my friends there, particularly those who live in the city, and those who say and do good. To do that they have to be somewhat public, and that can be a risk.
Locally we are seeing that the left consider they have won: that they should be loved, and the church is not needed. We can instead laud Jacinda, our big sister. A selfie with her will prevent COVID. Not.
I have been practically screaming from the rooftops for years that this war will result in millions of casualties and will probably see the Balkanisation of the USA. I fervently hope and pray that I am wrong. But most (not all) of the evidence points to the reality that Blacks cannot live alongside Whites easily, and that Hispanics, Jews, and Asians can only live alongside Whites uneasily and with great difficulty. They certainly have a very hard time living among Whites, and make their disdain of and hatred for White people plainly apparent whenever they can.
We are looking at open war in the streets right now. It’s already happening. And the very people in charge of ensuring law and order and preventing this violence and madness, have taken the side of the violent looters and anarchists hell-bent on destroying the country that gave them everything.
Understand that, as you watch your greatest cities convulse and burn, as you watch these “peaceful protests” raging out of control, and as you wonder what the hell happened to your country, this is all deliberate.
Understand that you don’t have the choice of remaining neutral anymore. The war is here, now, among you.
And understand that you have but one choice now: to stand with your neighbours, your friends, your family, your tribe, or to allow those who hate you to murder everything that you care about.
That is what it has all come down to at this point. The fact that the violence is still at a relatively low level is the only thing saving you from the need to take up arms and defend yourself.
What I am seeing here is a need not to go into the city. I have been asked to go to some face to face meetings, and since my employer requires permission for any travel away (even if funded elsewhere) I am doing the meetings remotely. The need to meet, the need for office space, is decreasing.
Auckland is hollowing out. The CBD was being redeveloped -- all the roads ripped up -- for public transport before COVID, and now Auckland is in a second lockdown. Most people do meetings remotely. Many will not want to come back.
And it is not as if cities that felt themselves secure have not failed before.
13 And He will stretch out His hand against the north
And destroy Assyria,
And He will make Nineveh a desolation,
Parched like the wilderness.
14 Flocks will lie down in her midst,
All beasts which range in herds;
Both the pelican and the hedgehog
Will lodge in the tops of her pillars;
Birds will sing in the window,
Desolation will be on the threshold;
For He has laid bare the cedar work.
15 This is the exultant city
Which dwells securely,
Who says in her heart,
“I am, and there is no one besides me.”
How she has become a desolation,
A resting place for beasts!
Everyone who passes by her will hiss
And wave his hand in contempt.
This is a time of crisis. Your wealth will protect you as much as your virtue signalling: which is not at all. Pray yes, fervently. Prepare yes. But you may have to give up a lot for the gospel, even freedom.
23 And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, “Then who can be saved?” 26 And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
27 Then Peter said to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us?” 28 And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last; and the last, first.
You can expect, with the current left idiots running most of our big cities a demand that we agree completely with their agenda. Their smugness is apparent.
I know too many people grieving and in financial strife. I praise God that I'm merely grieving with them.
This is a change. We are either going to be forced into collective re education or we are going to be living away from others, communicating face to face by choice. We shall meet to worship. Our employers will be remote, or we will go to our laboratories, clinics, and workshops.
But the big financial systems and offices and education industry? Expect an implosion. If we are lucky, the CBD will be turned into accommodation, or left empty.
But if the almighty did not spare Ninevah, he will not spare this elite. For he brings justice truly.