The commands of the Lord are hard. Because we have police who used to talk civil rights and how we could not demand respect for those who broke the covenant the nation had with God. They demand we wear masks, but their mask has slipped.
The Australian is behind a paywall, but we can quote other bloggers.
This time last year, the idea that any Australian police force would arrest and handcuff a pregnant woman at home in her pyjamas, in front of her children, in a provincial city, for a Facebook post, would have defied credulity.
The pandemic, however, has brought an incremental erosion of civil liberties, especially in Victoria. The heat has been turned up gradually, to the point Victorians are living a dystopian nightmare. House arrest for 23 hours a day, working (if they still have job) at home while they homeschool children; an 8pm curfew; isolation if they live alone; no visiting friends or family. Many people, understandably, are too fraught to add another worry — the encroaching police state — to their burdens.
Others, alarmed that their state has crossed a dangerous line, are outraged. Professionals at the coalface, such as the medical practitioners who have signed a letter noting the dangers to citizens’ physical and mental health posed by restrictions, are increasingly concerned for the sick and vulnerable.
Apart from the Aussie accent, the only moment in the exchange with police at the Ballarat home of Zoe Buhler, 28, that felt remotely Australian was her partner, James Timmins, 21, appealing to police: “This is a bit unfair, come on, mate. What about she just doesn’t do the event?”
The couple are worried about the health of their unborn child. Ms Buhler offered to take down the offending post, which promoted a “Freedom Day Ballarat” planned for Saturday, but to no avail. The police also said they were obliged to seize any mobile phone or computer: “Any device in this house we’re taking.”
Free speech was a con job. The idea that we should be tolerant lead to a profusion of errors, and when they became entrenched, the truth was driven into silence, and there are too many converged heretics who don't understand that there is a point where the laws of man are not obeyed, for we have to obey a higher judge.
2 “If there is found among you, within any of your towns that the Lord your God is giving you, a man or woman who does what is evil in the sight of the Lord your God, in transgressing his covenant, 3 and has gone and served other gods and worshipped them, or the sun or the moon or any of the host of heaven, which I have forbidden, 4 and it is told you and you hear of it, then you shall enquire diligently, and if it is true and certain that such an abomination has been done in Israel, 5 then you shall bring out to your gates that man or woman who has done this evil thing, and you shall stone that man or woman to death with stones. 6 On the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses the one who is to die shall be put to death; a person shall not be put to death on the evidence of one witness. 7 The hand of the witnesses shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.
8 “If any case arises requiring decision between one kind of homicide and another, one kind of legal right and another, or one kind of assault and another, any case within your towns that is too difficult for you, then you shall arise and go up to the place that the Lord your God will choose. 9 And you shall come to the Levitical priests and to the judge who is in office in those days, and you shall consult them, and they shall declare to you the decision. 10 Then you shall do according to what they declare to you from that place that the Lord will choose. And you shall be careful to do according to all that they direct you. 11 According to the instructions that they give you, and according to the decision which they pronounce to you, you shall do. You shall not turn aside from the verdict that they declare to you, either to the right hand or to the left. 12 The man who acts presumptuously by not obeying the priest who stands to minister there before the Lord your God, or the judge, that man shall die. So you shall purge the evil from Israel. 13 And all the people shall hear and fear and not act presumptuously again.
It is worth noting that there are no lawyers in Deuteronomy. There are investigators: there are witnesses. The city is supposed do deal with its own issues. It is not supposed to go to the priests or the appointed judge unless the issue is hard. Heresy ain't hard. The only hard thing about it is steeling yourself to the screams of the woke as the tactics they use to deplatform you are used against them. With interest.
That, by the way, is the easy passage for today. In this time, obedience of duly constituted authority is the hard thing. For we are free do do as God leads us, but we are told to pay our taxes, obey the arbitrary laws, and acknowledge our leaders as servants of God given to us. Perhaps, akin to the current Pope or Dan Andrews, for the punishment of a feckless church or state.
Nothing will advance the Gospel as much as our acting like God is real and obeying His commands is important. Endless, insignificant discussions about Biblical minutiae is how you DON’T spread the Gospel.
Why are we afraid of getting Covid if we believe God promised to resurrect us and make all things new?
Skin suits, I tell ye. “The gospel” of Social Justice. “Christian freedom” to be thieving, hypocrite agents of Hope ‘N Change. No Cross, no Christ, no condemnation, just good deeds for a worthy cause.
Our church met by hundreds. With tickets. But we met. We will bend to regulations, but we won't bend to the rainbow, and the over reach of our rulers who demand that we worship them alone. Perhaps John MacArthur's Grace Church is correct. You have to honour his stand, because California's governor is aligned with evil.
But he is not fomenting rebellion with his civil disobedience and use of the legal infantry.
13 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgement. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honour to whom honour is owed.
The measures this world uses are cheap. Money is being devalued: there is no respect for our honours system, and Kiwis trust used car salesmen or insurance agents more than they do politicians . But they are touted as important, significant, world shattering. When they are less important than the twitterings of persons cast out of the aristocracy for woke idiocy . These people cannot think for themselves, the follow the guidelines and script given to them.
But we can give what is valueless away. What we cannot give away is Christ.
That this world would steal from you. But we are not of this world, and we won't be like them .
1. If you are going to be Catholic, then be so. God knows, there are plenty of righteous therein. But don't be ersatz Unitarians.
2. Used car salesmen and insurance brokers do have utility.
3. Or whatever celebrities past their use by date, such as Miley Cyrus or Angelina Jolie, think.