Racism is not THE issue, it is AN issue, one of many issues/problems that plagues the world. Racism is a SYMPTOM of something much greater, much more sinister, and much more evil. It is a problem we are all intuitively and personally aware of, but rarely acknowledge or discuss. The underlying issue is the human condition. We all have an evil that runs right through our hearts. This evil is in each and every one of our hearts, including mine. This evil manifests itself in both ‘major’ and ‘minor’ ways. Yet it is the same evil. It is what leads to all kinds of ‘major’ evils such as racism, hatred, bigotry, and violence. It is what also leads to ‘minor’ evils, such as selfishness, jealousy, greed, and anger. The human heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick. Humanity has struggled with this evil since the beginning of time, yet we have made no progress in taming it! Whatever shall we do?
Jesus is the only one that has the CURE for this disease. He knows that we are unable to fix this problem, so He fixed it for us. He lived the perfect life, free from all traces of evil; living the life we should live, but are unable to. He also took upon himself the consequences of our own evil hearts, dying in our place for the capitol offence of having an evil heart. He offers this cure to anyone and everyone.
Jesus will come back again and will rid the earth of all evil and make all things new. When He returns he will wipe away all our tears, there will be no more death, or crying, or pain. There will be no more racism, or hatred, or bigotry or violence. All will be perfect.

Finally, it seems to me there may be some application to the situation we find ourselves in. We are desperate to worship together again as God commands. We need to hear the council of the Lord even if that is, "Be subject to Nebuchadnezzar"

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Also note Jeremiah's reaction to the false prophet. He says "Amen! May the Lord do this." Sometimes false prophets are saying good things that and we should give a hearty amen! But if it is not God saying it then it is to no effect but the destruction of the false prophet. False prophets don't tell us bad things, they tell us what we want to hear. Beware of those who only say what blessing & more blessing and never pain and suffering. The God of the bible says both in accordance with his will.

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I love how often the very scriptures that promise good and blessing to us are in the context of suffering. You see the same thing in 1 Peter. Peter tells that even when suffering unjustly to be subject anyway. He reminds us that God wants good things for us. Sometimes our trials ARE the good thing that He is giving us.

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Jeremiah 27-29 is an amazing section of scripture.

Jeremiah: Be subject to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and it won't be so bad!

Hananiah: The Lord will break the yoke of Babylon and we can worship in the temple again.

Jeremiah: Amen. Please let it be so!

God: No. Oh and Hananiah is going to die because he is a false prophet.

Jeremiah: Love Babylon even though won't allow you to worship as God commands. God wants good for you.

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Psalms 127:3-5

3. Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

4. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

5. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

This morning for the first time after the lockdown I have been in a service.

It was in a traditional church

This is maybe the first time in my life that I go in a sunday church service

Goal

I describe how it was organised and how I felt.

- At the entrance we must tell our name and give our phone number. In case of problem it will be easy for traking

desinfection of hands

we sit at a minimum distance of 2 m 20 to 30 people are in the Church

I had huge problem of concentration.

- It remind me a streaming service more than a real service

- We didn't sing. This is the firsttime in my life that I am going in a church without siging. I realised how important is singing.

Analyse the form was for me more important that analysing the content

Just reading about . He sounds like someone I would have really like to have known.

I just heard that the has been exposed to and is now facing a 14 day .

Many years ago my pastor gave me this bible. It is still well used and a treasured possession. Thanks Craig.

A great primer on the perception of risk! Also, note that he never make the obvious explicit connection to current events. He is self censoring to appease Google's Covid policies.

youtube.com/watch?v=NtX-Ibi21t

Although this is not a technology problem (it is a worldview and ultimately sin problem), there is a partial technological workaround! I’ll get to that shortly.

First, I want to briefly defend those whom I have just attacked. These companies have every right to do whatever they wish on their platforms. They build them, the own them, they can do with them what they wish. Although we may be personally invested in these website we do not own them. If Twitter wants to ban users or content that is entirely their prerogative. They get to set the rules of their playground; if I don’t like their rules, all I can do is take my ball and go home. In fact, I don’t like their rules so, although I am not leaving entirely, I have decided to start playing on another structure.

Before I tell you about that structure I want to point out that not all digital platforms have this censorship problem. For example email is mostly immune (perhaps to a fault). You have an email account on some server (@gmail.com, @hotmail.com, @yourcomany.ca etc.) and you only have to follow the rules of that server. However, you can still send emails to users with accounts on other servers. You can, if you are so inclined, even setup your own email server and then you get to set your own rules. Of course this can cause its own issues (SPAM) but it does nicely solve the more important issue at hand and the other issues have mostly been worked out over time.

Mastodon is the Social Media equivalent of the email style architecture. Anyone can setup a server, you have an account on a specific server, and you have to follow the rules of your server. However, you can still interact with people on other servers. For example, I’ve setup an account on a server that is run by someone with an explicitly Christian worldview. My account is @JeffPaetkau. This tool can help you find an instance (aka server) with a size, language, niche interest, or rules that you prefer: instances.social/

My intention is to begin posting most content to Mastodon and cross-posting some to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. If you want to interact with me or what I post, I encourage you to create a Mastadon account. You can sign up on the @theres.life server using this link: theres.life/invite/36ZfqKWs

Just so I am perfectly clear, what I am doing is dumb and if you join me on Mastodon, you are dumb too. There is very little content of value here. No one I know is here. As far as I can tell there is no Prince George local content. There are no big personalities to follow. However, the big tech companies cannot be trusted and what works now will not “work” for much longer if they continue on their current path (unless you conform to their flawed worldview). They only way out is to build a new playground. I invite you to help me do that. It is really easy … do what you are doing on FB, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube but do it on Mastodon.

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