4 November 2021

I thought things would come to a head rapidly, but I underestimated the humour God has. Because before he destroys this woke elite, he is going to make them ridiculous. David Farrar is pollster and political junkie. This is how to annoy 1.5 million people.

I grew up in Auckland. My family is in Auckland. I want to visit them. But that will disappear if their ridiculous, impractical, and unenforceable diktats are made law. There are many back roads in South Auckland. I know them, well most of them. I learned to drive on them.

First of all you have the PM saying the Aucklanders who refuse to get vaccinated may be banned from leaving Auckland over summer. I’m all for incentives for vaccinations, but internal travel is a fundamental human right. It is in the UDHR:

Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.

Now you can have justified restrictions such as everyone is locked down due to a pandemic, or that people have to have had a negative test. But considering that both vaccinated and unvaccinated people can spread Covid-19, a policy to lock down 10% of Auckland because they have not been vaccinated is grotesque, and almost certainly unlawful.

Of interest is that the demographic most unvaccinated is Maori, so the Government’s view of the Treaty of Waitangi is that it will disproportionally imprison Maori in Auckland while disproportionally allow Pakeha to travel around.

But the PM’s brain fart diminishes in comparison to Chris Hipkins who is working out how to carry this out, and he said said:

The old maxim that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely is proving itself correct. The Government is looking at dictating time slots to 1.5 million Aucklanders as to when they can and can’t leave Auckland. Can you imagine it – think of the MIQ lottery but 10 times worse. You have been allocated a departure time of 3.35 am – 4.15 am on 25 December.

One of the things people forget is that the casual kiwis who look laid back are sarcastic. When they go silent, watch it. Silence is not approval but a tactical delay before some reaction which those giving the orders will not like.

And we should all never forget that the elite are never to be trusted.

Psalm 146

146 Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
3 Put not your trust in princes,
in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
4 When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
on that very day his plans perish.
5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
6 who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them,
who keeps faith for ever;
7 who executes justice for the oppressed,
who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
8 the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
the Lord loves the righteous.
9 The Lord watches over the sojourners;
he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
10 The Lord will reign for ever,
your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord!

Romans 5:6-11

6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

The trick here is to concentrate on God. Which is one reason that the world is yelling so loud. We were discussing peace in home group on Tuesday, but peace is not how this world works. This world works by power and fear.

When I left the monastery, my godfather told me that the spiritual experiences would diminish. I would have to manage a transition from interacting daily with priests, monks, and seminarians who constantly strove to have Lord Jesus Christ in their hearts, with providential events occurring to me daily, to a bizarro secular world where people cared more about gay people than God.

The world wants us distracted. We have to filter. Hard. The news cycle, in times of crisis — which is squarely where NZ is at, and this is why the ministers of the crown are saying asinine things — spins continuously and you can be as distracted by that as anything else.

We need to continually look at the blessings God has given us, including our salvation.

And not those things our rulers would take away.

They are in the process of falling. But Christ will be here, beyond the end of this age.