3 Feb 21

What shall we do? Those of us, like this blogger, who live not in the city of the righteous but in the city of the woke? Dunedin has been safe Labour for 100 years… in part to make sure that the pastors and priests, generally trained here (the Anglicans and Methodists share a seminary in Auckland, the Presbyterians and Catholics one in Dunedin) become good little progressives and lose their faith.

If one can, one leaves. My sons have — one is already rural and I pray the other is working on it. But many of us cannot. We have commitments, families, and the cities is where the people are.

So, despite the fact that our mayor is a green pagan, and the district council is no better, we are to pray for the cities. We are to marry. We are to have grandchildren. For our witness in the dark times will bring revival. We are the spark, and the tussock is getting dry.

Jeremiah 29:1-14

29 These are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders of the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. 2 This was after King Jeconiah and the queen mother, the eunuchs, the officials of Judah and Jerusalem, the craftsmen, and the metal workers had departed from Jerusalem. 3 The letter was sent by the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent to Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. It said: 4 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. 6 Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. 7 But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. 8 For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, 9 for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; I did not send them, declares the Lord.

10 “For thus says the Lord: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfil to you my promise and bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

Mark 5:1-20

5 They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. 2 And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. 3 He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him any more, not even with a chain, 4 for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. 6 And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. 7 And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.” 8 For he was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” 9 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 12 and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.” 13 So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out, and entered the pigs, and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and were drowned in the sea.

14 The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened. 15 And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man, the one who had had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 16 And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs. 17 And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region. 18 As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. 19 And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marvelled.

What I am seeing here is that Jesus sent this madman to the pagans. He could have kept him and nurtured him… but he was cured. He was instead given a mission. Tell everyone what happened to you. He did.

You may be in a position you don’t want to be. I’ve had to listen to my fair share of managerial bullshit as our leaders try to paper over the chasm between their promises and what is on the ground. Remember, this too will pass.

But Christ is here forevermore. He has placed you at this time where you are, in the role you have. Do not listen to those who say that your job is minor, and your role is not progressive enough. Do not listen to those who say that raising the next generation has no value.

Do not listen to those who preach global warming. They preached global cooling in my youth. Do not listen to those who would isolate everyone at all times because viruses: my parents married during the Asian flu and got it during the honeymoon.

Perhaps we have to be seen, by the woke, as mad. Because they are too credulous in an insane time.

But if you live will, your children (raised well, and they will follow Christ) will inherit the world, and this gives our elite nightmares.