One of the things you should not do is be clever in your own eyes. This is the wa of the world. They want to label people so they can discount them. Those who hate the word of God and the people of God inside the church included.
If they cannot catch you in error and damn you, they will make stuff up
And they, though externally successful and beautiful, are part of an elite doomed to destruction.
I saw this in Bayou Renaissance Man a couple of days ago. It is a sign on instability.
If you do, you know that in every single society where such income and wealth inequality has taken root, there’s been a strong, often revolutionary reaction against it from the broad mass of the people. For example, that was one of the main reasons behind the French Revolution. It’s also behind much of what we’ve seen in American society over the past decade or more. “Occupy Wall Street”, Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and a host of other movements – they’re all fundamentally Marxist at heart, when one analyzes them and studies the background of their leaders. They’re all fundamentally anti-capitalist, because they see this transfer of wealth as one of the biggest (if not the biggest) problems of US society today, and they want to undo it, by force if necessary.
It’s hard to criticize that understanding of the problem, because it’s all too accurate. When you take away the prospect of a decent income from the broad mass of society, they’re left discontented, angry and ready to fight for better prospects. I think we’re seeing more and more of that in the reaction against COVID-19 restrictions. It’s not just a reaction against unreasonable regulations – it’s defiance of the authorities that people believe are responsible for the current mess (economic as well as health) in which we find ourselves. Economic discontent is fueling all sorts of other discontents.
The trouble is that the elite considers they got their because of their talents, their hard work. That they never got a leg up. The people who preach most about White privilege often had considerable help to get where the are because of affirmative action. Here Lewis Hamilton is a model. There are many dirvers who would win championships in that car. The better drivers manage to get close in worse cars. But he would rater demand they knee because black lives matter.
Not seeing that he is privileged and paid well. And not realizing that the peasants will not discriminate the beautiful entertainers from their evil masters.
6 “Flee for safety, O sons of Benjamin,
From the midst of Jerusalem!
Now blow a trumpet in Tekoa
And raise a signal over Beth-haccerem;
For evil looks down from the north,
And a great destruction.
2 “The comely and dainty one, the daughter of Zion, I will cut off.
3 “Shepherds and their flocks will come to her,
They will pitch their tents around her,
They will pasture each in his place.
4 “Prepare war against her;
Arise, and let us attack at noon.
Woe to us, for the day declines,
For the shadows of the evening lengthen!
5 “Arise, and let us attack by night
And destroy her palaces!”
6 For thus says the Lord of hosts,
“Cut down her trees
And cast up a siege against Jerusalem.
This is the city to be punished,
In whose midst there is only oppression.
7 “As a well keeps its waters fresh,
So she keeps fresh her wickedness.
Violence and destruction are heard in her;
Sickness and wounds are ever before Me.
8 “Be warned, O Jerusalem,
Or I shall be alienated from you,
And make you a desolation,
A land not inhabited.”
9 Thus says the Lord of hosts,
“They will thoroughly glean as the vine the remnant of Israel;
Pass your hand again like a grape gatherer
Over the branches.”
10 To whom shall I speak and give warning
That they may hear?
Behold, their ears are closed
And they cannot listen.
Behold, the word of the Lord has become a reproach to them;
They have no delight in it.
The question now is what is Jerusalem? It is not at present that city: the destruction of Jerusalem and the first temple is ancient history. But the pasterns remain. Is it our leafy suburbs where people use large SUVs for the school run? Where there is much display of wealth and often much debt?
Being in a city and being visibly privileged, right now, is not conducive to a long life.I say that as a person who lives in a pleasant suburb and drives a Subaru. But in a small city, with less inequality.
40 Some of the people therefore, when they heard these words, were saying, “This certainly is the Prophet.” 41 Others were saying, “This is the Christ.” Still others were saying, “Surely the Christ is not going to come from Galilee, is He? 42 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the descendants of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” 43 So a division occurred in the crowd because of Him. 44 Some of them wanted to seize Him, but no one laid hands on Him.
45 The officers then came to the chief priests and Pharisees, and they said to them, “Why did you not bring Him?” 46 The officers answered, “Never has a man spoken the way this man speaks.” 47 The Pharisees then answered them, “You have not also been led astray, have you? 48 No one of the rulers or Pharisees has believed in Him, has he? 49 But this crowd which does not know the Law is accursed.” 50 Nicodemus (he who came to Him before, being one of them) *said to them, 51 “Our Law does not judge a man unless it first hears from him and knows what he is doing, does it?” 52 They answered him, “You are not also from Galilee, are you? Search, and see that no prophet arises out of Galilee.”
What are we to do? You can tell the converged, the current crop of Pharisees. They will use proof texts to demonstrate that the political whims of this season are righteous and holy. You can see them discount the men and women of God who do not fit within their agenda. You can see it in their contempt for the mass of people, who seek for Christ and do not want false teaching.
Most of us are not of the elite: indeed, at a certain level, The elite selects itself. The head of the organization recruits people who are like minded, and once that head is worldly and corrupt, the organization can quickly become as useful as a chocolate shovel.
We are not to see ourselves ad having power and riches because of our natural ability. what we have is a gift from God, to be used for others.
And for which we will be held to account. To who much is given, much is required.
And this prejudicial elite? they will fall. Get out from among them.
1. If you have heavy loads to carry and/or you are driving up hillsides a 4wd is a needed tool. Most tradesmen have 4wd utes (pickup trucks) do deal with mud. Most rural people have 4wd as well because the roads are neither gritted nor salted in winter. But in Auckland, they are called Remuera Tractors. For a reason.
2. It appears that a fair number of the aforementioned Remuera Tractors are being repossessed right now.
3. With 200 000 km on it and leaking head gaskets. The engine is slowly dying.