This is the last day I have off following the birthday. The plan was that my parents would visit for five days, but they were not able to, because of the COVID restrictions and their age. We have been sending them emails and texts with photos of how things are. Just as well that they did not come: NZ does not handle snow, and it is snowing now. They tell us that their house 1200 miles north of us is without power as the sleet and rain hits Auckland. It is spring, so the weather is worse than winter.
In other news, the Democrats have been caught cheating, harvesting immigrant votes, for their most woke ant antichristian member of congress.
We are not supposed to notice. But we must.
At the bottom line, I suspect that the discernment of evil is maybe the most important thing to do about evil; much more important than (supposedly) ‘fighting’ evil. We absolutely need to identify, and correctly, what and who is on the side of evil: who are evil-allied. And these evil-allied may well turn-out to be almost-everything, and almost-everybody – we should be prepared for that possibility.
If I am right, this widespread and determined self-blinding to evil, the refusal to identify and acknowledge evil; may be one of the most prevalent and significant of our many modern sins.
The main thing that we have to do in this time is proclaim the gospel. There are those who would regulate us getting together, but we shall meet as we can and we shall communicate as we can. We shall encourage each other to do good and we shall not lose hope.
15 Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will; 16 the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel; 17 the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice.
Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
We have to hold what he have here lightly. In the final event, we will stand before Christ, and our possessions, our promotions, our credentials will not matter. What will matter is if we bore witness to him.
If to Christ we were faithful. There are too many who would distract us. One of the things this time of economic crash and panic over a virus is teaching us is that we don’t need all that stuff. What we have is for Christ, what we lose should be because of our witness to Christ.
Am I planning on what the next few years will look like? Yes.
But the priorities have to be Christ, Kea, family. My job is a tool, and I’ve already had political activists try to get me sacked.
You need to be faithful to your priorities, and get out of the converged system as much as you can, whenever you can. Do not feed the beast. Instead, bear witness to Christ not merely with words but with how you live. And this falling culture and it’s elite? We are not to be part of them.