All Hallows Day.

Overnight, I had to counsel my older son. He had been woken at 5 am by a bunch of Islanders loudly trying to break into his residence, and fought them off. He then secured the place, informed the owner, called his grandma who lives in that town, did a day’s work and ensured he was staying in a safe place. He was then over thinking what he had done, and was getting the shakes.

Normal reaction. Been there, done that. Proud of the lad. My generation knew about these reactions during early adolescence, because things were more dangerous then, or we were less protected.
Today is All Saint’s Day. It is not about the party the night before , now imported to New Zealand. It is about recalling that there are those who have gone before us, and how far we have fallen from those heights.

Collect Two

Almighty and eternal God,
you have kindled the flame of love in the hearts of the saints:
Grant to us the same faith and power of love,
that, as we rejoice in their triumphs,
we may be sustained by their example and fellowship;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Micah 3:5-12

5 Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets
who lead my people astray,
who cry “Peace”
when they have something to eat,
but declare war against him
who puts nothing into their mouths.
6 Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision,
and darkness to you, without divination.
The sun shall go down on the prophets,
and the day shall be black over them;
7 the seers shall be disgraced,
and the diviners put to shame;
they shall all cover their lips,
for there is no answer from God.
8 But as for me, I am filled with power,
with the Spirit of the Lord,
and with justice and might,
to declare to Jacob his transgression
and to Israel his sin.

9 Hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob
and rulers of the house of Israel,
who detest justice
and make crooked all that is straight,
10 who build Zion with blood
and Jerusalem with iniquity.
11 Its heads give judgment for a bribe;
its priests teach for a price;
its prophets practice divination for money;
yet they lean on the Lord and say,
“Is not the Lord in the midst of us?
No disaster shall come upon us.”
12 Therefore because of you
Zion shall be plowed as a field;
Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins,
and the mountain of the house a wooded height.

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13

9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 10 You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. 11 For you know how, like a father with his children, 12 we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.

13 And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.

There rare those who say we have progressed. I disagree. We have fallen.

But this I know. We have a cloud of witness Generation upon generation of the faithful. Let is cast off the sin that easily besets us and run our course. So that for our generation there is also a Godly witness and that the name of God is glorified.

Have you ever encountered a happy atheist? If he’s in the middle of experiencing pleasure, perhaps. He will be in a good mood and full of exuberance when you catch him at a fun party, the morning after sleeping with a woman (or man), in the middle of eating a craft burger, or upon buying a new gadget, but when the worldly high fades, he’s back in the doldrums to masturbate to porn, get drunk, take pills, and attack others in anger. Atheists claim that their lives are revolved around the pursuit of happiness, that they themselves conjure the meaning and purpose to their existence, but without exception they are unhappy people who live only by that which is fleeting.

I no longer see the value of receiving guidance or knowledge from someone who is not in communion with God. Just like how a broken clock is correct twice a day, the nihilist may very well be speaking the truth on some matters, but the secular packaging it’s wrapped in contains lies, urgings to participate in sin, profanity, vulgarity, and callousness towards life. I may observe the work of a nihilist to see what the nihilists are up to, and maybe to receive cheap entertainment, but when it comes to how I live my life, it’s safer to do the exact opposite of what they’re doing, just like how it would have been better for a man to do the opposite of me when I was deep into fornication.

The repentant Roosh

My son exhibited the old virtue of courage, loyalty (to his mother’s family) and honesty. I’m chuffed. However, our society has programmed him not for work and tears and blood and sweat, but for an easeful lie. Like all his generation, he was told that the state would provide, from cradle to grave. We now even have laws to allow for what is promoted as a good death, at the cost of your soul, and that of the doctor who euthanizes you.

Today we need to look at this, and repent