There are those who think that if there is a panopticon, that everyone is monitored 24/7, and they can see all activities, evil will cease. They forget that those who are attracted to power are generally evil, and will use this for evil. If you do not conform with the accepted behaviour, including participation in the approved vices, you will be flagged. Australia is pretty much gone down that path now: they have social approval scores and one state (South Australia) demands you take geolocated photos within 15 minutes of a request.
This is causing anxiety and fear. The government may say that they are for improving mental health, but what they do, day after day, is fear porn, so it distracts us from the things that we should be paying attention to.
It is very easy to fall into the trap of being distracted: binge watching TV, working on the garden and our fitness, and trying above all to not come to the attention of the Karens, whose denouncement on twitter or on the local police information line, locally, lead you being dobbed in and the police visiting you with a warning.
The real issue we have is that our nations have abandoned God, and because of that we have lost all sense of trust, of community, and of decency. Instead we have a false community, that demands our trust precisely because they have and will continue to betray us.
As a nation we need to repent. Repentance is kryptonite to the elite, who want us nicely distracted and damned.
O God,Church of Ireland
whose word is life,
and whose delight is to answer our cry:
give us faith like that of the woman
who refused to remain an outsider,
so that we too may have the wisdom to argue
and demand that our children be made whole,
through Jesus Christ.
4 Say to those with anxious heart,Isaiah 35:4-7
“Take courage, fear not.
Behold, your God will come with vengeance;
The retribution of God will come,
But He will save you.”
5 Then the eyes of those who are blind will be opened,
And the ears of those who are deaf will be unstopped.
6 Then those who limp will leap like a deer,
And the tongue of those who cannot speak will shout for joy.
For waters will burst forth in the wilderness,
And streams in the desert.
7 The scorched land will become a pool
And the thirsty ground springs of water;
In the haunt of jackals, its resting place,
Grass becomes reeds and rushes.
11 For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but do murder, you have become a violator of the Law. 12 So speak, and so act, as those who are to be judged by the law of freedom. 13 For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.James 2:11-13
If we do not have a spirit of brokenness and humility, which generally comes from a godly sorrow for our sins and the damage that we have done, then we will be prideful and merciless. If however, we know that we have had mercy from Christ, who saved us though we did not deserve it at all, we will have mercy.
We will forgive as Christ forgave.
We will not anger or blame groups for the acts of individuals.
For the law of freedom is based on mercy, and mercy is based on love. The law is based on what you do to others will be done to you, and that is without any humanity. We have seen that too many times when men murder for their ideology, to bring in what they consider a better way of life, be it the new soviet man or the caliphate.
This is a time for healing and support. Seven families have people in hospital after yesterday’s terror attack. It is a time to show good will to those who are not merciless.
But those who hold their self righteousness so tightly they would kill to preserve it are a danger. Because if they continue they will get the war they want… and in that situation, the people of goodwill have a great risk of becoming as merciless as their enemy.
There are many who say such fracturing of society is inevitable. The only solution I can see is that we turn to Christ, and seek his mercy.