When the boys were teenagers, we went walking. The hills around Dunedin have an edge. Very experienced, very strong walkers (trampers in the Kiwi parlance) get drowned when they flood. So you learn to have one eye on the sky as you walk. And to know when to turn back.
There were a number of times we did not get to where we wanted to. There were times when walking alone, I pushed a little too hard. One time I got back to the car, soaked through, and the road had iced up. So you learn to estimate the weather. You do the same with the situation you are in.
What we are facing, right now, is an apostate elite, trying desperately to hang onto power by regulation and diktat. The courts have to decide if they are a servant of truth and the common law or the government of the day. There are those who want to put us back into slavery.
And I sit in the antipodes, expecting the consequent defeat and crash. God will not be mocked, and we have repeatedly put him to the test. My prayer for revival is driven by a sense of self preservation, for me and for my children.
10 “And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build, 11 and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full, 12 then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 13 It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. 14 You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you— 15 for the Lord your God in your midst is a jealous God—lest the anger of the Lord your God be kindled against you, and he destroy you from off the face of the earth.
16 “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test, as you tested him at Massah. 17 You shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and his testimonies and his statutes, which he has commanded you. 18 And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may go well with you, and that you may go in and take possession of the good land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers 19 by thrusting out all your enemies from before you, as the Lord has promised.
20 “When your son asks you in time to come, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies and the statutes and the rules that the Lord our God has commanded you?’ 21 then you shall say to your son, ‘We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt. And the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 22 And the Lord showed signs and wonders, great and grievous, against Egypt and against Pharaoh and all his household, before our eyes. 23 And he brought us out from there, that he might bring us in and give us the land that he swore to give to our fathers. 24 And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as we are this day. 25 And it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to do all this commandment before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us.’
17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honourable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
We are of the new covenant. We are of the kingdom of God. We are not to fall into despair. It is a temptation. There is a sense what if we give up, accept, get along, then things will go well. It will not. Our elite are enthusiastic in their use of revenge and payback, regardless of the consequences.
What they hate is when we say we are praying for them. The really hate it when they find it is not a lie, and we do. I will confess my only prayers for my Prime Minister are that she repent her communism and feminism, resign, marry her lover and raise their child.
For us, we need to do good. This will be subversive. To say the truth is now revolutionary. This could come with a cost. So we need to count the things that are good: the times are bleak. The old saints can help us here, as can old poems. This is from the Battle of Maldon, from the lips of a dying Earl.
“I thank thee, Wielder of peoples,
for all those joys I had in the world.
Now have I, mild Measurer, most need175
that you grant to my spirit goodness,
that my soul may journey now to thee,
into thy wielding, Lord of the angels,
depart in peace. I am entreating thee
that no hell-scathers harm it.”
We would rather live in peace. I would prefer to live n a time historians call boring. But this is our time. This is when we stand.
For Christ calls us not to be like them.