There is so much material out there this week. The Greens imploded: the most recent polls showed their support half and Metira Turei has resigned, for the sake of her family. The left mourn.
Google is in the middle of a train wreck. It is failing. (Memo to self: have backups)
Both are examples of the current public religion of tolerance. It does not allow for the supernatural, for powers greater than human, and it fails as certainly as some Jewish exorcists did.
11God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12so that when the handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were brought to the sick, their diseases left them, and the evil spirits came out of them. 13Then some itinerant Jewish exorcists tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” 14Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. 15But the evil spirit said to them in reply, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” 16Then the man with the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered them all, and so overpowered them that they fled out of the house naked and wounded. 17When this became known to all residents of Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks, everyone was awestruck; and the name of the Lord Jesus was praised. 18Also many of those who became believers confessed and disclosed their practices. 19A number of those who practiced magic collected their books and burned them publicly; when the value of these books was calculated, it was found to come to fifty thousand silver coins. 20So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.
If you have false religion: you have a narrative of inclusion, you do not preach that there is no way to justify your sin before God, you do not preach Christ crucified, you will fail. The spirit of this era is not Christian. Christendom was opposed at all fronts. The church grew by the death of its believers.
Occasionally there is power, and people then claim to be Christian. But if they are fake, they have no power but that they can coerce: generally by acting outside the law.
Under California law, blacklisting is illegal. Under New Zealand Law, not declaring income is illegal, as is enrolling in an electorate you do not live in. Google is accused of one (and the legal suits will be painful, particularly discovery). Turei has confessed to the other.
We may have to leave google. It is time to consider how to move important stuff out of google drive, and use different mail systems. Interestingly, I got an email yesterday offering free Adwords use: am not going to set up an account.
But it is time to pray that Turei repents.
For the sake of her soul, for the sake of her family, and for the sake of the nation.