many people see the current leader of the USA as a type of King Cyrus, who was descended from Darius, who destroyed the Babylonian empire. Babylon, the ancient source of mystery religions was conquered by a nation that had laws, which even the king could not revoke even if they were unjust.
He was smart enough to delegate, but the satraps had their own agenda . Every bureaucracy does, and those who are jealous of the competent will find themselves under attack. Never trust them, or lawyers, for they will twist the law into injustice. Those who follow the manner of legislation and litigation will have the very laws they espouse used against them.
To them, Daniel is a warning. Note the conspiracy: no one who reads history would believe that these things do not happen. They are only called treasonous if they fail. Do not Assume that they are in our favour. And note that the accusers faced the judgement they damned Daniel to.
At this point, I think it’s safe to say that the days of the platform/publisher dance are numbered. And it’s going to be hilarious to see Google’s horndog lawyers trying to make the very sort of free speech arguments that their Trust & Safety teams consistently ignore.
I fully expect our public religion to go pagan, with a Muslim rainbow flavour. Those who preach the word of God and pray to God will be called hateful, the Bible hate speech, and the most bloody passages of Marx, Lenin, Mao and Muhammad love. We are already commanded to not judge sin and celebrate it. We should not. And we should continue to meea and pra publicly. For God will be glorified in this.
6 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom 120 satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom; 2 and over them three presidents, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss. 3 Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other presidents and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. 4 Then the presidents and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him. 5 Then these men said, “We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.”
6 Then these presidents and satraps came by agreement to the king and said to him, “O King Darius, live for ever! 7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counsellors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an injunction, that whoever makes petition to any god or man for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. 8 Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked.” 9 Therefore King Darius signed the document and injunction.
10 When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open towards Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously. 11 Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and plea before his God. 12 Then they came near and said before the king, concerning the injunction, “O king! Did you not sign an injunction, that anyone who makes petition to any god or man within thirty days except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?” The king answered and said, “The thing stands fast, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be revoked.” 13 Then they answered and said before the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or the injunction you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day.”
14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was much distressed and set his mind to deliver Daniel. And he laboured till the sun went down to rescue him. 15 Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, “Know, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or ordinance that the king establishes can be changed.”
16 Then the king commanded, and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king declared[b] to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!” 17 And a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel. 18 Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from him.
19 Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions. 20 As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” 21 Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live for ever! 22 My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.” 23 Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. 24 And the king commanded, and those men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and cast into the den of lions—they, their children, and their wives. And before they reached the bottom of the den, the lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces.
25 Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: “Peace be multiplied to you. 26 I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel,
for he is the living God,
enduring for ever;
his kingdom shall never be destroyed,
and his dominion shall be to the end.
27 He delivers and rescues;
he works signs and wonders
in heaven and on earth,
he who has saved Daniel
from the power of the lions.”
28 So this Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
22 As they were gathering[a] in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, 23 and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed.
24 When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax went up to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the tax?” 25 He said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tax? From their sons or from others?” 26 And when he said, “From others”, Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. 27 However, not to give offence to them, go to the sea and cast a hook and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel.[b] Take that and give it to them for me and for yourself.”
Christ is the alternative example. His disciple, Peter, made a mistake. But he backed him though legally he did not need to. He decided that letting the Karens and Gammas of that time use the regulations of the temple tax from which he was exempt as the Messiah, go full litigious was going to get in the way of his mission. So the tax was paid.
Correction was given in private.
It was not fear, but Love. We need to fight on the level of religion. This world wants us fearful and we need to not be so. Parapphrasing a good post by Didact (and thanks, mate for the image at the top: I’ve recycled it) It might be worthy to do the following.
- Pray. I am finding I have to pray more a thtis time not less. Structured and ustructured. Because in prayer God deals with our faults and emotions and has prespective
- Understand what drives the enemy. This calls for discernment and wisdom. It will not be what they say. I find Kea very helpful here, because, as a woman, she picks up body language instantly while I tend to listen to words. When you cee our leaders cheerfully restrcting us and taking over whoat should be a technical discussion, you can see their agenda. If in doubt, ask who benefits. Our PM has: she has a second term she was not going to get otherwise
- Didact and Dawn Pine note READ THE MANUAL. Know the regulations that exist. Not to be querulous, but to know what the rules of the day are. I would say ghost them. Look at the compliance. We are supposed to be using an app to note where we go right now: but most do not. Be in the herd on small things.
- Take the big risks. Pray. Talk about the rules of God, including the ones that make our grumpy elite, miserable in the sins that they take pride in, seethe. There is a simpler and better way to live and it is in scripture. The word of God is the way of life, making yourself God is death. The nbig risk in NZ is not be there for the Karakia to pagan Gods or the Muslim calls mandated by our feckless rulers. I never am.
This elite will fall and fall. Know what the law is. Disobey not our of ignorance, but becaue the worship of God trumps human laws.
And don’t be part of this elite. They are miserable people, and when their sins come out, the world laughs loudly.