I'm reformed, and I will worship today at Arise, which is having its 18th anniversary today. It was founded as a non denominational church with a aim of evangelizing Wellington. The pastors were called to plant in a place where religion is mocked, and politics rule. It is like Washington DC without the undercurrent of faithful pastors serving what is in effect a Souther City, or London without the faithful attending the Church of England.
We are now praying for churches aligned and alive in every big city, and branches in every town. There is a "local" that is a meeting where the service is piped in from the mothership being set up in a town 70 minutes drive away in the next few months. And the church will celebrate by taking over the Wellington Town Hall and filling it.
Which we should all praise God for. If the name of God is glorified, we should not mitter about the fact it is the Papists or Tories or those Pentecostals or Orthodox...but that God is glorified. Even hillsong music and the /rel/ group on Gab, where a green frog is used to show adoration to God.
When I looked for the collect, which is my habit on a Sunday, from one of the more shunned Anglican churches (Ireland used to be Catholic:their rulers were protestants, and they kicked the British and their church out) I find it is Christ the King Sunday: the last Sunday before Advent
This was set up about a century ago. THe Pope hoped it would affect us pewsitters.
"The faithful, moreover, by meditating upon these truths, will gain much strength and courage, enabling them to form their lives after the true Christian ideal. If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, as instruments of justice unto God."
We are in nations, and they will survive to the end. Chris tis the king of all nations. WIse rulers know this, and worship him.
God of power and love,
who raised your Son Jesus from death to life,
resplendent in glory to rule over all creation:
free the world to rejoice in his peace,
to glory in his justice, and to live in his love.
Unite the human race in Jesus Christ your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
20 “Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, 22 I will rescue[a] my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep. 23 And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24 And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the Lord; I have spoken.
15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
I could deviate for a long time on this one, but there will be nations until the end. There will be Koreans, there will be french. There will be nations in what is now the USA. And those nations will be made up of those who make babies. An example from the USA:
If young people are taught to consider their ancestors as worthy examples, it will not take too much research for them to discover that their ancestors generally had lots of children. My great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Bolt, born in 1806, was the grandson of Abraham Bolt, who served in the South Carolina militia in the Revolutionary War. Benjamin Bolt and his wife Permelia had at least six children, among them my great-grandfather Winston Wood Bolt, who served as a private in Lee’s army in the Civil War, and whose daughter Perlonia Bolt (b. 1884) married my grandfather James Robert McCain (b. 1882). They had many children, four of whom survived to adulthood, the youngest being my father, Bill McCain, who married my mother, Frances Kirby, who was one of three sisters. I am one of three brothers and, so far as I can tell from my genealogical research, none of my ancestors had fewer than three children. Let anyone trace their family tree back a few generations, and they will discover the same thing.
I was talking with Kea last night. The topic was what to do, how to manage: we have plans. I can recall my Dad building houses, and then renting them, with a deal that the tenant would ba able to buy the house. This was so that people had security even in the poor parts of town. My Dad did not make money doing this (He has a big heart, but is no businessman)
My church now gives out food parcels and is welcomed into prisons, because the number of prisoners is great, and those who are starving in a place hat exports are far more numerbous.
As we should.
Do not trust the state here. Their social welfare system is designed to keep public servangs in salaries. And that will fall.
Make your heroes real.
And ignore those who say you can eternally delay. Marry your beloved, have lots of babies, live in the country, in the places the elite despise. Then they will shun you. That is a feature, not a bug.