The left are doing a Victory Lap. They think they can wish things into reality. But that is not the case. If you have a policy, and need to make a change, you need to monitor it like a hawk. You need to be a bit of bastard.
Don’t like the policy? OK. But if you don’t meet the agreed targets, don’t come in Monday. You must be a team player. This works, but only if you know the other side of being a the hard man in any team activity: you have to work harder than anyone else and you have to take more risk than anyone else. This is why the forwards are captains of the team in both forms of Rugby: they literally put their health on the line, because scrums can kill.
This is how things have always been. Until the women got involved, and they worshipped not the God who made them female, but something of their own imagination. Something ancient. For Babylon was full of priestesses, and their rulers were effete.
The rise of having to constantly assess risk both in the workplace and organised amateur activities is another side of the same coin. Nobody can possibly get hurt and if someone is hurt then someone else must be made to pay. That someone else must always come from the private sector. The public sector is off limits to responsibility for one’s actions.
If a government cannot be made to pay for the consequences of its actions but at the same time there is no useful stooge onto which the blame can be pinned, then the only recourse is to prolong the misery and act as if what has happened is normal. The hope is that memories will fade as the rules are gradually relaxed, like a hot bath slowly settling to a point that is lukewarm while its inhabitants happily splash about with only an inkling of the change in process.
Women rule based on feelings, emotion and a desire to protect their charges, even if the cure is worse than the cause. The number of deaths caused by the hysterical over-response to the virus will never be known. Businesses destroyed, homes lost, families torn apart, lives ruined. The social isolation brought on by the lockdowns can also be taken into account, as must the postponement of critical medical care for real and present illnesses.
None of this matters in the female scheme of things. All that counts is whether or not they can feel satisfied with a job well done. The premier of the Australian state of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, is probably the best incarnation of this female malaise in action. Andrews is not a strong man, far from it. Looking at him one gets the sense of the kid in the playground who was picked on for stirring up factions in an attempt to wield power while ingratiating himself. The female teachers would have loved him. This is the sort of man that can succeed today but he governs from a distinctly female mindset.
I will save our non Antipodean from images of Captain Dan. Who would have been picked after me for any game of rugby during lunch. He is soft, and as such has no ability to moderate his anger. Most of learned how to deal with sledging by the time we were 12: otherwise you were the kid in the sickbay with bruises if you were lucky. We never played touch rugby or such at school.
This is akin to Babylon, as is their hatred of the cross and anything that is good, noble and true.
I see the inversion process largely as setting the stage to compel love and obedience to Satan at the End of history. Take, for example, the recent articles portraying the Church of Satan as something like a woke ACLU. In fact, the views of Satanists largely overlap with most Globalists orgs (see, the WHO). All of society is becoming “converged” towards Evil (I forget who coined “convergence”).
Satan wants to present himself on the side of the powerless, a sort-of spiritual “Che” Guevara against the “tyranny” of God and those “bigoted” Christians who worship Him. It appears that Satan has also wagered that he can defeat God on earth. And, as is a model in the Old Testament, Satan has been given certain authority to implement his Evil plans. Satan (and his minions) believe that they will win, and Christians believe that all things will work towards the Glory of God.
I think our discouragement should be buoyed by the knowledge of Christ and the fact that the Most High has a penchant for overcoming what mere mortals see as “impossible” (ex: just think back to Moses leading His people out of bondage in Egypt; Elijah; Daniel, etc…). And–like those times before–we will need Divine Intervention (no worldly politician will save us).
And thus–as you and others have rightfully pointed out–we, few, Christians need to jealousy guard our spiritual lives from the current corruption of the world. Perhaps these coming events will allow us to experience a gift of suffering as our Dear Lord suffered.
Now for the text. When the three faithful were thrown into the fire they thought that they would not survive. But there is a fourth in the fire. We cannot hope in that situation for a miraculous salvation. But we can give witness. So even the most effete, weak and controlled ruler has to acknowledge that Christ is ruler of all.
19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with fury, and the expression of his face was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace heated seven times more than it was usually heated. 20 And he ordered some of the mighty men of his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their cloaks, their tunics, their hats, and their other garments, and they were thrown into the burning fiery furnace. 22 Because the king’s order was urgent and the furnace overheated, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell bound into the burning fiery furnace.
24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counsellors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” 25 He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.”
26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the burning fiery furnace; he declared, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out from the fire. 27 And the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the king’s counsellors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men. The hair of their heads was not singed, their cloaks were not harmed, and no smell of fire had come upon them. 28 Nebuchadnezzar answered and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that speaks anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins, for there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way.” 30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.
21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying,
“So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence,
and will be found no more;
22 and the sound of harpists and musicians, of flute players and trumpeters,
will be heard in you no more,
and a craftsman of any craft
will be found in you no more,
and the sound of the mill
will be heard in you no more,
23 and the light of a lamp
will shine in you no more,
and the voice of bridegroom and bride
will be heard in you no more,
for your merchants were the great ones of the earth,
and all nations were deceived by your sorcery.
24 And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints,
and of all who have been slain on earth.”
The fall of this system is predicted, and at that time things are going to get… spicy (Thank you John Wilder, for that euphemism). You can expect the lies to become bigger and more unbelievable. There is no depression in NZ. Our tourism is doing great. This government is conservative and progressive and just wonderful.
The current year should put that to rest. Look around and it is hard to find any evidence of rational self-interest at work. We have a legitimate drug crisis in America and the people in charge refuse to even discuss it. It’s not because they have good reason to ignore it or they are afraid to address it. Trump mentioned the subject and they began to hiss like demons being shown a crucifix. It was if he violated some sacred taboo by pointing out the very obvious problems we have with drugs.
It is not just the drug issue, which certainly has some uncomfortable facets to it for a society steeped in multicultural oogily-boogily. Free speech used to be one issue that all sides of the political debate would defend unconditionally. Even those who thought adult material should be restricted to adults opposed bans on speech. Today, it is hard to find anyone in any corner of the political debate defending speech. The free-speech champions are the people called Nazis by the beautiful people.
You can go around the wheel of practical politics and issue after issue reveals that our ruling class and a big chunk the public has gone insane. The Biden scandal is a great example of the lunacy. Major news outlets are now weaving conspiracy theories in which Russians are behind this laptop. Within living memory the defense would have been, “What can you do? His kid turned out to be a loser.” Today, the defense is a bizarre conspiracy that reads like a movie script.
It is possible that this is just what societal breakdown looks like from the inside when you are experiencing in real-time. Maybe Russians looked around at each other at the end, wondering if their rulers had lost their minds. Maybe French peasants begin to wonder if their lord was possessed by the devil. No one records the thoughts and ruminations of the Dirt People. History is the story of Cloud People. This could just be what it is like to be a peasant at the end of days.
Expect the lies also to become more attractive. The left owns the academy and the power and the media and is full of the great and good. The truth has the memelords, the autists in their basements, and those who are trying to return to the habits of Godliness that made our nations. Knowing that without Christ we are nothing.
But the other side has forgotten that. Do be allied with them. Do not desire their form of success. And do not be like them.