Sunday 13 December 2020

Yesterday the black pill almost got me. The news was bad. The response this morning has been as expected. I worry about my friends who live in the USA. I worry about my nation, becaue the rule of law is not here.

And too many people conflate the church as an institution with the saving grace of God. Peter Grant had the courtesy of linking to me, but the commentators showed that apostate has been baked into the western ethos.

The end game includes the destruction of laws, so that there can be a dictatorship of the woke, without any pesky legal niceties.

LAPD will tolerate this treachery and I’ll never understand why. The constant “Repeat offenses” exception is funny because you can’t have repeat offenses if you never prosecute the first offense.

So, criminals are free to do whatever they want short of arson and Knockout Game, plus the hallucinating tweaker psychotics now enjoy blanket immunities from prosecution. I have family still in L.A.. I’ll send tasers to the conservative ones and happy vibes to the liberal ones. Merry Christmas!

Meanwhile, Los Angeles Sheriff refuses to enforce Governor Newscum’s lockdown orders.

Also, the Sheriffs of Ventura, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties refused to cooperate with the Governor’s Christmas lockdown. That’s the entire Greater LA region.

For both conservatives and liberals, the rule of law is collapsing in Los Angeles.

Well, after an evening reading — we had horizontal, freezing rain and snow down to 200 m in what is supposed to be summer yesterday — I started doing what I uwually do on a Sunday. Let the word speak, and find music.

Turn to the old Anglican divines, who knew what it is to pray through difficult times.

And work on being spiritually skilled. This stuff takes practice.

COLLECT ONE

O Lord Jesu Christ,
who at thy first coming didst send thy messenger
to prepare thy way before thee;
Grant that the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries
may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way,
by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just,
that at thy second coming to judge the world
we may be found an acceptable people in thy sight,
who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
ever one God, world without end.

Almighty God,
Give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness,
and put upon us the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which thy Son Jesus Christ
came to visit us in great humility;
that in the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty
to judge both the quick and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who liveth and reigneth with thee
and the Holy Spirit, now and ever.

Isaiah 61:1-4

61 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;[b]
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
3 to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.[c]
4 They shall build up the ancient ruins;
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.

Isaiah 61:8-11

8 For I the Lord love justice;
I hate robbery and wrong;[a]
I will faithfully give them their recompense,
and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their offspring shall be known among the nations,
and their descendants in the midst of the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge them,
that they are an offspring the Lord has blessed.
10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord;
my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to sprout up before all the nations.

Luke 1:46-55

46 And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring for ever.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies, 21 but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.

23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.

John 1:19-28

19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord’, as the prophet Isaiah said.”

24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) 25 They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, 27 even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” 28 These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

I know people who talk of prophecy and Elijah and end times. I am convinced that I’m ignorant, and we will find out backwards that we were warned. What I can see in the patterns of history and the revealed word of God is sufficient. Because the word of God, not the thoughts of man, is normative.

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Such people see God as a human creation, and any concept of God to be judged according to evolving, developing human insights. Of course, that also necessarily implies that “divine” revelation is not infallible, and is subject to reinterpretation as and when necessary. Those who are more originalist in their approach to the constitution also trend towards putting God above and beyond human interpretation. From that perspective, the Word of God judges us, and we are to conform ourselves to its standards. From the other, humans judge the word of god (no capitalization, thank you!) and determine its meaning according to our lights, not the Light of the World.

The question, for those of us who do have faith, thus becomes: how can we bring back a more explicit recognition of a Creator, a Savior, a moral arbiter, in the present debate? Is it even necessary that we should do so? I believe it is; but I’m one voice, with one opinion. Many of my friends and associates would argue against it.

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What then, should we do? Pretty much what we have done up to now: we need to pray. We need to meet and pray. We need to worship God. We should read the word of God. The disciplines of the faith are the things that make us spiritually fit. The lockdowns were sent to us so that we will learn how to strip things back and do this regardless of any regulation from our (functionally tyrannical) unelected bureaucrats. Work around the regulations. Flash mob church.

Get the things you need in hard copy. Yes, I read the word online (and I’m not linking today or from here on). But I have printed copies. Yes, I journal by blogging. I also keep a written one.

Do not be a debt slave. Keep your kids away from those who would steal their faith, such as their schoolteachers or the activists who want them to worship diversity and the rainbow.

And speak truth. Most people do not.

Perhaps, then, we will see a reformation sweep through the nation, and we will turn from the impending revolt.

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Amy
Amy
6 months ago

I have a big dog. No tasers necessary.
But I don’t live in Seattle.
https://andmagazine.com/talk/2020/12/07/welcome-to-crazy-town-seattle-introduces-bill-to-legalize-crimes-of-poverty/
Although, misdemeanors under a certain dollar amount are waved away here too.