Sunday, Anzac Day.

Seasons and times. It is Anzac Day, and for the first time in two years there will be services held around New Zealand to recall those who fell in the wars of New Zealand: from the Land Wars to Afghanistan. The nation has proud battle honours, but has paid a cost.

But it is also the fourth Sunday after Easter, and in this time of error, we need to consider not the cultus of the state, which is using a syncretic national religion (mainly in Maori) to distract us, but the bigger issue. We need to remain faithful to God.

And Patriotism is a place where scoundrels and demoagogues have always hidden, for the love of one’s country and family is deep grained, as it should be. But anything that is right, proper, noble and good is being subverted by the woke.

We need to remember, above all, that the New Zealand that sacrificed its sons on bloody fields from the high Veldt to Flanders Fields was Christian. The post Christian forget this, and wonder why those with faith do not fear that which they dread: their death.

Collect One
Almighty God,
who showest to them that be in error
the light of thy truth,
to the intent that they may return
into the way of righteousness;
Grant unto all them that are admitted
into the fellowship of Christ’s Religion,
that they may eschew those things
that are contrary to their profession,
and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same;
through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 4:5-12
5 The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. 7 They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is
“‘the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the cornerstone.
12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

1 John 3:16-24
16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

John 10:11-18
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

There are times when we look at what Christ did and he demands that we do and we are overwhelmed. We look at the generations that preceded ours and consider how far we have fallen. We beat ourselves up, and we forget that Christ died for us when we were still sinners.

None of us are perfect, and those who claim virtue far less so than the rest of us who confess our struggles.

It is not us that builds up our salvation, but instead it is finished already. it is not us that keeps us from falling into the errors of this age, but Christ.

And Anzac Day? In this fallen times, when everything has been converged into the progessive cause, which is evil, I do the same as when the woke demand karakia to the pagan Maori Gods. I’m not there. I will not participate in that idolatrous table.

And I grieve that my nation has come to this.

UPDATE.

An after action report from the Auckland Dawn Service.

There were lots of people at the Auckland Domain this morning. I guessed that many would be going as a protest, given the direction the government is steering us, and the strong comments from UK and Aus over the western alliance in the past seven days. This is a simple Christian service of remembrance. Except that Jesus was expunged. No to referencing His sacrifice. My favourite politicians, Phil and Jacind were there. Jacinda’s speech, seemed to suggest that we’ve moved on from war, looking forward to a time of peace when hatred is banned, but mercifully most of her motherly speech was drowned out by the Westpac rescue helicopter. There was no protest. The old remembrance service was deleted and the new was strongly choreographed pro where we’re being lead. No protest, except for Westpac.