Yesterday was the local budget, and middle New Zealand, who supported that nice Jacinda and Labour and not that Nasty Judith and National, found that Labour returned to its roots had gave them the consequences of their vote. Good and Hard.
I hate it when I’m right.
This brings me to Ianto Watt, who posts at Matt Briggs place, looking at the consequences of the stolen election in the USA and the lack of trust they now have in any institution. Ianto is Catholic, and gets his Exegesis for the end times from mystics, prophets, and Fatima. Many Protestants get theirs from the footnotes in the Victorian Schofied Bible, which had errors.
I don’t know what is going to happen, apart from that we have to be faithful.
Which is to say, there is still hope for our children and their children. And even beyond. But it raises a few questions. The primary one being, ‘if this ain’t the Big One, what the Hell could be worse’? Indeed, what could be worse than today?
After all, look at the list: inflation is back, wokeism is rampant, BLM violence is rising again, education is dead, energy is iffy, sports suck, the global-supply-chain paradigm is starting to fritz-out, and the entire mechanism of the Republic has been purchased (rather cheaply, I might add) by those who have no allegiance to anyone but themselves. How can it get worse, Komrade? Well, I don’t know. Maybe we should ask some nobodies in Cuba. Or in a Uighur concentration camp. Or someone starving in Venezuela. Or even here, in Downtown USA. Or even a pastor in Canada. Maybe they might be able to enlighten us a bit. You think it can’t get worse?
But even all that pales with what may be coming, and I think it will. And it will start with the loss of faith. No, not religious faith. That’s already happened, to a large degree. And yes, that’s part of the problem, but not like you think. It’s the result, not the cause. Yep. Loss of religious belief has happened because we valued other things higher. Like ‘Educators’. Like ‘Doctors’. Like ‘Scientists’. Like political ‘leaders’. And our sports ‘heroes’. And finally, the last institution with any shred of dignity left, our military.
We lost our religious faith because we put all these secular beliefs ahead of our religious beliefs. And we’ve seen a successive loss of faith in each of these secular categories that then drags our over-arching imperialistic faith down with every notch of failure in these Imperial pillars I listed above. For in truth, we have long been members of an Orthodox ‘nation’, whose religious leaders have been in thrall to the Emperor, whoever he may be at any moment. Religious leaders that can rally their clergy (of any flavor) to the’ defense of the Empire’ (especially when the Empire is on offense). That is the definition of Orthodoxy, whether anyone wants to admit it or not; subservience to the State. And the culture that State produces.
So, instead of the Faith forming the culture (and subsequently, the politics), the reverse is now true. And has been for a long, long time. Now the Piper wants to be paid. Or else the rats will remain. At least, that is the implicit threat every Piper pipes. But just like paying ransom supposedly frees someone, it’s only temporary. They will do it again and again, and why not? Nobody ever calls them out. Nobody ever toughs it out. We always cave to the weak sisters who plead for the immediate life of one, at the eventual expense of all. And now we’re all hostages and there’s no one left to pay the ransom.
What do I mean by that? Simple. The house of cards is going to collapse. It has to, eventually, as anyone who’s ever built one knows. And we’ve built one Hell of a house. So, the slightest puff will begin the descent. Besides, there’s only so many cards in the deck. We’re now down to the Jokers.
Read the entire thing. Because we are going to be purified. The falling away to this time has been minor. But the real tests are coming. We are going to have to discover church discipline — and bluntly, I won’t believe the Catholic heirarchy are serious until they have backed off at least half their bishops to penitential monastories, and the Anglicans until they have defrocked every female priest and every enabler of female priests.
When the Pentecostals do that job and the established churches do not, then we have difficulties.