I was eating my lunch when a couple of trainees came up to give an after exam report. They had been to where I used to live and work for a decade to sit an Observed Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE). The topic turned to my old town. One of the trainees noted that the town had changed radically in the three years since he has been there — and that he could not sleep in his rented apartment because of the noise. My old town had changed and for the worse.
What has happened is immigration, multiculturalism, and intolerance of the gospel in the name of tolerance. Auckland is now, at the local government, a Progressive (Labour) stronghold, and Labour is generally poor at doing this: Living in Dunedin I see the plans for statement buildings while the poor parts of town sink below see level — and their drainage must ne a hundred years old, and needs replacement.
This will end badly. It always ends badly. Multiculturalism is a symptom of the final decay of empire, and Peter Grant is correct: it leads to war.
May God have mercy on us all, and on our nation . . . which is, sadly, no longer “one nation”, no longer “under God”, and most emphatically not “indivisible”. If you doubt that, just read the articles I cited at the beginning of this blog post. I honestly don’t know how long our present fragile, fractured “unity” can be maintained. It behooves all of us to take whatever steps we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the fallout that’s already visible in our midst, and will surely get worse before it gets better.
There will be times of testing. We are allowed, indeed, commanded, to pray that this does not happen. But we know they will come, and we are taught that the gospel will be opposed and every time we stand strong for it we will experience trouble.
It may be that the truest miracle is not that Paul survived Stoning, but that he went out again after te first journey ended.
19 But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having persuaded the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. 20 But when the disciples gathered about him, he rose up and entered the city, and on the next day he went on with Barnabas to Derbe. 21 When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. 23 And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
24 Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. 25 And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia, 26 and from there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had fulfilled. 27 And when they arrived and gathered the church together, they declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. 28 And they remained no little time with the disciples.
The picture at the top is Gresham Machen, who was cast out of the Presbyterian Church for heresy by the liberals who generations ago. The Liberals now wear that church as a skinsuit, and preach not the gospel.
It is far more comfortable to preach the narrative of this age. But that is to betray Christ, and not discuss the evils of this age, but the ages past.
Do not be such. Do not be like such.