Yesterday I was given a word by one of my mates. He said that it is no longer time to be dealing with those who promote evil nicely. It is time to stand. He also said that the current circumstances are making those who are trying tor run services at work find ways around the government. It is not time to stand with evil, but oppose it.
6 But the worthless, every one of them, are like scattered thorns,
Because they cannot be taken in hand;
7 Instead, the man who touches them
Must be [a]armed with iron and the shaft of a spear,
And they will be completely burned with fire in their place.
2 Samuel 23:6-7
One of the things I am finding is that I’m going more to the blogs in Synlogos for commentary and reliable news. There are other people I read: there is nothing illicit about reading good novels, but a lot to be said about reading bad ones. The same thing applies to art and music. The trouble here is that we need to continually consider who is trying to subvert us.
You need a hermeneutic of suspicion here. You will get invitations to take short cuts to influence and fame. But they are traps. They are to be avoided. They make you fragile.
A few years ago I was asked if I wanted to be on a major podcast network. I was promised widespread distribution and advertising revenue which was more than the zero dollars I was then making from it. The weirdest thing about this offer is that it was made by a man who worked in the hedge fund industry. Later I would hear stories of other influencers who were approached by hedge fund employees, which confirmed to me that the culture-makers are those who have the most money (i.e., the bankers). To add tension to this little story, I want to say I debated the offer for days, and strongly considered selling out, but it was clear even at that time, before I was a practicing Christian, that I would be making a deal with the devil. I would be initially told that I did not have to limit my content in any way, but weeks down the line the urgent emails would arrive stating that I was threatening a loss of prized advertisers with my rhetoric. I refused the offer with no regret, and have maintained a completely independent publishing platform since then. I am sustained by individual readers who buy my books and donate to me.
Part of this involves doing your own research. Praying your own prayers. Reading your own bible. I don’t often look up the greek, because this is not a place for exegesis, but the application of the scriptures for today to today. But I have the toolkit. If you do not have Greek, or Latin, then check the scholars against the texts, over and over.
Off topic, this is why Kea looks at the library and calls me sad. There are a lot of reference books there. A lot of texts for old things. Because of this: the electronic is fungible and modifiable.
Current education fosters a complacency about original research; hence the overwhelming tendency to start and end with Wikipedia. Much of the source material for the mid to late Medieval period lies untranslated from Latin in scattered archives. But our primary schools rarely teach cursive penmanship anymore; so there are legions of young people who will find it difficult to read even letters and manuscripts written in English from the first half of the 20th century. In a perverse way, the digital revolution has guaranteed that future documentary evidence will be more ephemeral than the cuneiform tablets of the Babylonians and Assyrians. Thus, the very idea of what history is and how it’s done will be altered. I sometimes feel like a buggy whip maker handing my resume to Henry Ford with a sinking sense of futility. Old men have been stripped of the former dignity of being thought wise based merely on their stored years of experience. Seeing the folly that will befall the coming era is poor recompense, devoid of consolation.
The text today is part of Nehemiah’s confession of the sins of Israel. He notes that they started early. He does not sit in the details of the scholarly glosses on the words of Moses, as many rabbis did and theologians do. He confesses plainly, that the Jews were ignoring the clear will of God. In this, Nehemiah is calling out the evil of his time, as we need to call out the evil of ours.
16 “But they, our ancestors, became arrogant and stiff-necked, and they did not obey your commands. 17 They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them, 18 even when they cast for themselves an image of a calf and said, ‘This is your god, who brought you up out of Egypt,’ or when they committed awful blasphemies.
19 “Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the wilderness. By day the pillar of cloud did not fail to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take. 20 You gave your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold your manna from their mouths, and you gave them water for their thirst. 21 For forty years you sustained them in the wilderness; they lacked nothing, their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen.
22 “You gave them kingdoms and nations, allotting to them even the remotest frontiers. They took over the country of Sihon king of Heshbon and the country of Og king of Bashan. 23 You made their children as numerous as the stars in the sky, and you brought them into the land that you told their parents to enter and possess. 24 Their children went in and took possession of the land. You subdued before them the Canaanites, who lived in the land; you gave the Canaanites into their hands, along with their kings and the peoples of the land, to deal with them as they pleased. 25 They captured fortified cities and fertile land; they took possession of houses filled with all kinds of good things, wells already dug, vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees in abundance. They ate to the full and were well-nourished; they reveled in your great goodness.
12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.
There is nothing much we can do for this set of leaders. They are thorns, as my friend said. Manage them from a distance: use iron tools, and do not let them near you. They have regulated our lives. They think.
We want to live in peace, but this is a time of woe: they are at war.
Whether you can bring yourself to admit it yet or not, the wicked elite that presently rules the Imperial USA through the fake Biden administration and the finance-media complex is seeking to eliminate every last vestige of Christianity, Heritage America, and American history from the United States, and there is no element of it too small to ignore.
This elite are the heirs of the Bolsheviks who did the same thing to the Russian people – in some cases, they are literally their grandchildren and great-grandchildren – which is why the history of the Soviet Union provides an accurate road map for both their evil intentions as well as their inevitable failure.
So be thankful to God this Thanksgiving that at least you are given to know the truth about the historical situation facing you, your family, your nation, and your faith.
Yes, I know that there is sin in every generation, but we are deluding ourselves — with a New Zealand government that legalized abortion to birth and euthanasia — that we are in any way better than our ancestors. We are worse.
But the wicked elite cannot stop us appealing to God. They cannot stop us beading witness. This is going to require discipline, instilled in us. I’m using Adam as an example here. We need to use discipline to bring us closer to the spirit of God, and take us away from the spirit of this world.
The one area in my life that opened the door to discipline for me was becoming disciplined in daily prayer. This began about 18 months ago at the start of the scamdemic when I read somewhere that now that we are all locked down then there was no excuse not to pray a decade of the Rosary every day. I thought about that for a moment and then I agreed. In the beginning it was very hard; my mind and body rebelled against the very idea of 20 minutes of prayer. In reality, I had nothing else to do that was so important that the prayer could be put off, but there are entities that inhabit this world that are greatly distressed when you begin this type of journey, and they will do everything in their power to stop you.
The prayer became easier over time, to the point that now I find my daily decade of the Rosary to be almost too short. So I added the Angelus three times per day; when I rise from bed, at noon, and before going to bed in the evening. In addition I read some part of the Catholic faith or the Bible to supplement this prayer.
The discipline of daily prayer opened me up to discipline in all other areas of my life. I find now that I am much more relaxed and confident in what I am doing and who I am. The more discipline that I enjoy, the more I seek to have more discipline in my life. I cannot now imagine another way of living.
We have noted that the days we start in prayer and in the word are more relaxed. We have noted that when the press crows in triumph, we are easlily moved to anger or despair. Which is where this world wants us.
If not their allies, their slavish minions, their Karens.
But we are here instead to call evil when we see it, and give glory to God.