11 November 2021

Over the last two or three days I have been executing plans, made with Kea, with not enough prayer and to much self pity. There is movement, and for everything I need to give thanks. For there is a contrast. There aer those who do nothing, and say it all their fate, their weaknesses, and nothign can be done. Something can always be done. Let us listen to Brother Didact as he preaches the word.

We centre our entire faith around the clear commandment from Our Lord to confront and fight evil wherever we find it, and to do so with every gift that God has given us.

Furthermore, you cannot simultaneously rail about how you wish you never existed in the first place, and yet claim to be a Christian. God makes use of every last one of us, if we let Him. And He will often do so in ways that we really don’t like. But to sit and whine about how awful life is, while simultaneously refusing to do anything about it, is to spit directly in God’s face.

And if you’re going to do that, then be prepare yourself for some extremely hard times ahead. God is both perfectly just and perfectly merciful – but it is only His perfect mercy that prevents Him from crushing you under the awful weight of your sins, which is the fate that His roaring, furious rage against us dictates you to suffer. Do not provoke God by telling Him that He was wrong to bring you into this world.

Furthermore, suppose you were, in fact, born weak, stupid, short, ugly, lame, mentally ill, or all of these. All of these things can be compensated for. The human body and mind are remarkable machines of adaptation and innovation. But you have to have the sheer cussed willpower to stop feeling sorry for yourself, get up off your fat duff, and do something about it.

There is a lot to be said for physical fitness. A lot. But there is more to be said for teaching the faith, and keeping a good confession. To do this, we need to watch what we do. Sin should have nothing to do with us, but we all fall. Yet we should strive for this. That God has the glory.

For we deserve none of it.

1 Timothy 6:11-21

11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honour and eternal dominion. Amen.

17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

20 O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge”, 21 for by professing it some have swerved from the faith.

Grace be with you.

Richness is not always about money. My caste’s disposablity has been hammered into us by managers and by our own leadership. I talk to the elders and they tell me to obey the laws of the land.

But I read too much, too many reports, and I talk to too many people. I look at the consequences and see evil. The church tells me not to judge: instead I fear — I know — that there will be negative consequences.

There is no religious exemption written into the laws because the days are evil, but that is when the pastors need to stand up and use the resources they can command. To help the brothers in the church first.

In real life, people are hurting, and the church does not appear visible. But it is: it is the very pewsitters, who are not that supported by the official church, that are providing the comfort.

Isn’t there a point at which church attendance should be a benefit to church attenders? When the laymen needed the sort of social safety net that churches offer, the churches shut their doors in the peoples’ faces. When the government gave permission for reopening, the pastors obediently did so and now wonder, in most cases, why 1/3 or more of the sheep aren’t coming back to be sheared and lectured at.

That’s the opposite of discipleship. That’s a shepherd with a taste for lamb. Where are all the good men, er, youth ministers? Working at Starbucks talking smack about you on Twitter, if you dare to look outside your little sandbox.

Gunner Q, notes earlier in his rant that the aim of discipleship, like all training, is ensure you are replaced. They you can train another. This is known in all knowledge fields: they all have some form of apprenticeship.

At the moment, we need to be faithful.

The temptation is to go for cheap comfort: from the tempttaions that surrout us, or to succumb to despair.

But this is not our calling. It is to stand. it is to be strong. It is to comfort the hurting and greiving.

So we show love one for another, and glorify God.