Yesterday we did a planned trip: hired an old pilot vessel and went up the harbour for an hour, had a celebration, and then came back. The 20 odd guests then dispersed, and we invited some of Kea's fathers friends for afternoon tea, and Son two stayed overnight.
It was a good day: today we are hoping that the weather stays OK until mid afternoon, for we have a second group arriving at our place. You only turn 60 once, and yes, Adam, there is now enough booze in the house to sink a battleship. Not all will be consumed.
Church will be tonight. We are now allowed to meet -- apart from Auckland, where thery are at level one (so seats a meter apart, no more than 100, ticketed services). Those are as odd as isolation worship at home. In general, I don't like being required to take tickets, it now has analogies.
Vox Day often talks about people taking the ticket. It is an effective analogy to draw the line between good and evil. We talk about taking the red pill to open our eyes to that which is around us. But in reality, it is the active choice to take the blue pill that separates us from our enemies. To take the ticket is to swallow that blue pill, to partake in the earthly pleasures and power that extract their inevitable price all too quickly. But it is also to check out and be subsumed by that which the powerful produce to enslave us. That is another way to take the ticket; the passive way. You give yourself over to your phone, or to porn, or to any of the many other modern snares to ancient vices.
Your willingness to not take the ticket is all that stands between you and the other.
There are many within the church who ave chosen pleasure in this life over the sake of their soul. You can tell them by their up to the nanosecond appreciation of how to pander the spirit of this age. They preach peace when there is war and destruction. And they forget to ever talk about Jesus.
Or proclaim what he taught. We need to pray that the church is preserved from such.
O Lord, we beseech thee,
let thy continual pity cleanse and defend thy Church;
and, because it cannot continue in safety without thy succour,
preserve it evermore by thy help and goodness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The first pasage summarizes one of those things I have been hinting at. Collective Attribution of Guilt is a heresy, regardless of who says it. Any priest, rabbi, or pastor who starts prainsing you or damning you because of your skin tone is not working for Christ.
The proverb about your kids suffering because of the sins of their parents is straght pattern recognition. Accepting that tribes collectively have virtues and weaknesses is again pattern recognition, but that does not imply that one has to be like the trube that you are from. Christ calls us all to righteousness, regardless.
18 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “What do you mean by using this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying,
‘The fathers eat the sour grapes,
But the children’s teeth are set on edge’?
3 As I live,” declares the Lord God, “you are surely not going to use this proverb in Israel anymore. 4 Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins will die.
How then should we live? For each other. In Christ. This includes those who guard, those who provide, and those who tell the truth. The evil will call our discourse hate speech, for it should damn them unless they, like us, bend the knee to Christ.
2 Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
May your Sunday be blessed. Meet together. Worship God. And do not take the ticket. That ride is eternal, and to damnation.