Kea has been weka managing all week as the news piles up. I'm seeing a purge of twitter and facebook -- which should not worry me at all as I'm not there. I'm also seeing that if you don't have your own platform and your own ways of getting paid you are officially toast. The deplorables are now seen as terrorists, and to be a Christian and Western is no longer a good thing. The incoherence factor is now at warp factor stupid.
The events of the past few weeks have not disappointed my own expectations. The commentary has been a wild mix of views from all sides. I am sure that what the media is putting out is their usual lobotomized screed aimed at keeping the normies safe and secure in their NPC world. I am also sure that hardly anyone knows what is really going on. All of this is smoke and mirrors as it always has been if you are even a passing student of history. Everything has always been manipulated, and the more that we are certain that something is true then the less we can be certain of that comfortable conceit.Adam Piggott
One of the solutions at this time is to praise God. There is a need for more praise, not less. Psalm 69 starts with a comment that the writer is under a huge amount of pressure.
69 Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. 2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me. 3 I am weary with my crying out; my throat is parched. My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God. 4 More in number than the hairs of my head are those who hate me without cause; mighty are those who would destroy me, those who attack me with lies. What I did not steal must I now restore? 5 O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.Psalm 69:1-5
That is part of today's lectionary, but the response to these trials is more important. Praise is an emotional correction to people feeding us despair. Despair is a lie: this world wants us to fear and give up. The way we motivate ourselves to not fear and not give up is to meet and to praise God. So the second part of today's readings is more important. We should be realistic about the intentions of our enemies. But we should not let them set the agenda for ourselves or the Church. That belongs to the Holy Spirit, not us.
30 I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. 31 This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. 32 When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. 33 For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise his own people who are prisoners. 34 Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and everything that moves in them. 35 For God will save Zion and build up the cities of Judah, and people shall dwell there and possess it; 36 the offspring of his servants shall inherit it, and those who love his name shall dwell in it.Psalm 69:30-36
4 What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in[a] him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, 6 just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: 7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; 8 blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.” 9 Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? For we say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. 10 How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. 11 He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, 12 and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.Romans 4:1-12
I was going to quote Sarah Hoyt, but instead I suggest you go read it. She got into the USA from Portugal because she hated living in a land of lies. Made her a good novelist: but those who have imagination at this time are having bleak thoughts. Me included, and I'm not American: my nation has a history of social progressivism leading to disaster. We are very, very good at taking other nations theories and testing them to destruction. Our elite has never really had a nasty correction to this tendency. Yes, it might be coming
But consider Abraham for a second. The passage Paul is referring to occurred before Isaac was born. He was old. Sarah was almost as old. And he was being promised to be a great nation, in fact the father of many nations, for all those who are of Christ are in covenant with Abraham. The just live by faith, both the circumcised Jew and the rest of us. That faith, however, is in Christ.
And when things are as dark as they are now and we praise God for his victory to come Hell trembles.
So don't trust men or constitutions or empires. All will fall. We are told that the nations of this world will all bow to Christ when he returns as King of Kings. Those who are converged will lie to us to make us give up.hope. But we will instead serve God.