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My beloved said this morning that she wants to find a tropical island, well away from all storms, where we can just hide and not be under the pressure that our society places upon us. There is a huge amount of pressure coming on: it is piling on. The most recent example is that the minister of immigration is being asked to stop a couple of activists at the border. It appears that the complaint is seen as having a power.

Auckland’s Mayor is swiftly defending his stance on controversial Canadian duo Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux.

Phil Goff earlier tweeted the pair would not be allowed to speak at Auckland Council venues, leaving the promoter no time to find a replacement for the show already booked for the Bruce Mason Theatre..

Goff told Chris Lynch the couple want to spread a message that’s insulting and abusive to people of particular faith and ethnicities.

“Maybe they are free to do that, but equally we are free to say we are not going to give you a platform on which to spread messages which we believe will incite hatred.”

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SOuthern and Molyneaux and youtube and internet activists. They are antifragile: the more controversy and no platforming, the more chaos that they engender, the better. Some people will turn up just to see those who are against them lose their gourd. Film it, and relentlessly mock them.

I won’t be there. I live in a small village for a reason. There are no crowds there: I want to be left alone, and live a quiet life. But there is this itch. That the word of God is proclaimed, and we are reminded of what we were. That puts pressure on: it is not just me, but members of my family who are pressured, and this should not be. I have put my head up when I blog: they have not.

Our enemy knows our families are a weakness, so now target us in ordinary life. But this will backfire.

Romans 8:18-25

18I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. 19For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; 20for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Like most people, there is fragility in my life. I am not independently wealthy: most of the work I do relies on people working together to help teach. No clinician works in isolation.

Even if I was wealthy and did not need to work, I have a family.

The only way to truly be antifragile is to live alone on the proverbial island, but even then this only works in places of exile, where the progressive political police do not reach. But this is not an option.

As a consequence, we will be under pressure. Suffering, in this time of crisis, is inevitable. Historically, it has been worse. But all creation is groaning. And our hope is that we will be raised. That there will be true justice.

And that the very things that make us vulnerable, the very things that make us groan, cry and be concerned, will be accounted as a sacrifice of worship to our God and saviour.

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