One of the things that we need to accept, if you are of Christ, is that you will find yourself cast of of the institutions of this land. Yes, your mileage will vary. In New Zealand, the Gramscian walk of the Woke through the organs of the state, the academy, the professions and the church is complete. Their rainbow flag is risen, and their victory parade has happened. They now need victims to damn pour encourager les autres.
Christ is the stone of offense. Christ is the rock of our salvation, true, but he is also the reef on which the barque of tyrants is wrecked. The more that society is against God, the more that God will be against them.
We should not delude ourselves. The Western state and the western leadership are apostate and antichristian. You have to go to Eastern Europe or Africa to find a state where the leaders are overtly Christian. Moreover, they hate us. In their wish for power, they damn themselves.
Because money is a means to the end of domination, greed is only a superficial manifestation of the deeper lust that St. Augustine called libido dominandi, or the lust for power. All men are born with this lust to dominate, rule, and command. They naturally satisfy this lust to different degrees, and in various ways, and a few even manage to curb and mortify their lust for power; but, as James Harrington wrote in the middle of the seventeenth century, libido dominandi is man’s greatest lust.
It is the lust that lies at the bottom of all others.J. M. smith
Which brings me to the texts today. We are told not to walk in the way of the people, but the people are apostate. Yet we do, yet we do. We do because we have to eat, because we are part of a nation or a society. We can see destruction ahead, great pain, and we can do some things to prepare for it. However, even if we imitate the Orthodox monks and flee to the mountains, we will be still within the nation.
The pagan prophets call the current path good, and discuss spirituality. Here is where we cannot walk like the nations. We are to cling to God, and when they do their pagan rituals — be somewhere else. Uncle Remus used to say “Stay away from crowds“. This is not merely good policy in dark times. The crowds worship pagan gods of their making. That we must shun.
11 For the Lord spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying: 12 “Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and , 15 do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread.
13 But the Lord of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. 14 And he will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 15 And many shall stumble on it. They shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken.”
16 Bind up the testimony; seal the teaching among my disciples. 17 I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him. 18 Behold, I and the children whom the Lord has given me are signs and portents in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion. 19 And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living? 20 To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. 21 They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against by their king and their God, and turn their faces upward. 22 And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness.Protestant Daily Reading Bible.com: ESV.
1 Have mercy on meBible.com Book Common Prayer, ESV.
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
4blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
ancleanse me from my sin!
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
Cited so that you may be justified in your words
and blameless in your judgment.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones 3that you have broken rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins,
and ]blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and 1renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your [1 John 1:9]righteousness.
1 5O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
build up the walls of Jerusalem;
19 then will you delight in right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.
8 And the word of the Lord came to Zechariah, saying, 9 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, 10 do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.” 11But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears that they might not hear. 12 They made their hearts diamond-hard lest they should hear the law and the words that the Lord of hosts had sent by his Spirit through the former prophets. Therefore great anger came from the Lord of hosts. 13 so they called, and I would not hear,” says the Lord of hosts, 14 “and I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations that they had not known. Thus the land they left was desolate, so that no one went to and fro, and the pleasant land was made desolate.”
6 And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9And they sang a new song, saying,“ Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood, 4; you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation,10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”
11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” 13And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
There is a lot going on at Synlogos, and there is much stupidity in the world. As a nation goes pagan, it goes stupid. Know this. In the end everyone will bow the knee to Christ. Everyone. Many with gritted teeth. They have opposed him all their lives: they do not know him, and at his return it will the time of judgement, not mercy. There is much evil in this world, and we will have to give an account for our part in it.
If we have not the mercy of Christ now, we won’t have it then. Not all will be saved. The pagans believe either that God is a doormat, who will let all men come to him including those who hate him, or that God can be paid off with good deeds, or that there is no life to come, and therefore what we do now has no significance. All three are lies. All three will comfort falsely.
We cannot follow the practices of the pagan nations. We cannot appease the people. We need to consider what God honours.
And their woke and their pleas for attention? Do not be like them.