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Let true justice flow.

As a pew sitter and a subject of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, the defender of the faith, I have but one request, and that is as old as the Book of Common Prayer. That our rulers allow me to live a quiet, sober, and Godly life. That the gospel is able to be preached and that I can worship God.

I note that this is not such a time. It is the ruler who one should fear, and the rich man: both are trying to regulate what we say and think and do. Facebook and Twitter are banning people for hate speech. It appears that you must have diverse characters in your books, or they will not be published. You are not allowed to disagree with the approved castes, and injustice is called social activism.

In these fallen times, you find that your allies are odd. That Godly things are done by those who you do not think will do, and evil promoted by those who say they are defending the faith and preserving Christendom.

For when good happens, we should be glad. Peace in Syria is Good, and freedom to worship God in a place where people were crucified by ISIS for their faith but two or three years ago is most good.

Perhaps we should return to the worship of God, and not our ideologies. May we be of God, as the religious who are faithful to him are.

Revelation 14:1-7, 13

1Then I looked, and there was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion! And with him were one hundred forty-four thousand who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. 2And I heard a voice from heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder; the voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, 3and they sing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the one hundred forty-four thousand who have been redeemed from the earth. 4It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins; these follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They have been redeemed from humankind as first fruits for God and the Lamb, 5and in their mouth no lie was found; they are blameless.

6Then I saw another angel flying in midheaven, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth – to every nation and tribe and language and people. 7He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, for the hour of his judgment has come; and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”

13And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who from now on die in the Lord.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them.”

James 2:1-10 (11-13) 14-17

1My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? 2For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, 3and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while to the one who is poor you say, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet,” 4have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? 5Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? 6But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? 7Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you?

8You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 9But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. 11For the one who said, ‘You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery but if you murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. 13For judgment will be without mercy to anyone who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.

14What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? 15If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, 16and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? 17So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

Two thoughts.

Firstly, take note: the measure you use will be used against you. If you are in the middle of virtue signalling witch hunt, then expect to be the victim of one. The progressives eat their own: they have internal reviews trying to find who snitched on them, and most it not all of them have evil to hide.

Such people live a lie, and will suppress the truth. It may not be lawsuits: protesting that a peer reviewed paper was written works just as well. A decade ago, when I first saw this, we stood by the researchers. But today’s academic leaders have no notochord.

For we know we are imperfect: there are 144 000 saints who are perfect and witnessing the lamb. The remainder of us are saved completely by the work of Christ. We have our sins, and they beset us.

The second point is this: the gospel is to be proclaimed to all. To all nations, to all conditions. To the rich and the poor. We will cover the poor among us and help them and aid them. We will care for those within the congregation.

This will involve some confrontation, but we will let mercy temper our confrontation.

And when people are freed of oppression — corporate, financial or regulatory — we will rejoice. For it is the enslavers and regulators who reliably swim with Chuluthu, and are called the left.

The spirit of this age is a spirit of slavery, not freedom. Do not let this happen. Instead, know that the good you do is known, and will live after you. As, sadly, will the evil you encourage.

Which is why we should not act in true justice, and therefore not be like them.

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