No mention was made of God, and there wasn’t a Bible in sight when Jacinda Ardern, a former Mormon, this week became New Zealand’s 40th Prime Minister.
Her strictly secular inauguration will no doubt add to the concerns of people like Christopher Eames, who writes for a “prophetic” news magazine called the Trumpet, which:
Seeks to show how current events are fulfilling the biblically prophesied description of the prevailing state of affairs just before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The Trumpet has a long history of accurate forecasting of major global events based on this predictive model, tracing back to the beginnings of the Plain Truth magazine in 1934 under the direction of Herbert W Armstrong.
Ardern has been very much a liberal in support of several social issues. She is a staunch supporter of homosexual rights in New Zealand, contrary to her Mormon upbringing (she is currently agnostic). She has taken part in Gay Pride parades, last year featuring her own float for the parade.
After New Zealand bishop Brian Tamaki blamed New Zealand’s recent disastrous earthquakes on homosexuality, Ardern called him out with an open letter, criticising his closed-mindedness and making a sarcastic stab at members not paying enough tithes.
Ardern also has liberal views on abortion, which featured in her run for office. Abortion is still a crime in New Zealand, except for circumstances such as danger to the mother’s physical or mental health. As such, New Zealanders desiring an abortion simply travel to Australia to undergo the procedure.
Ardern campaigned to reverse the criminality laws on abortion in the hope of making it convenient for women to abort while still at home in New Zealand.
We’ll have to see how New Zealand’s laws will be modified to this effect. It’s inevitable that abortion will become legal in New Zealand (and thus become more widespread). The only real debate on this will be the parameters.
Elsewhere in his lengthy piece, Eames revealed that Arden has no love for Donald Trump or the British monarchy, of which New Zealand is a part. He wrote:
Our nations have become increasingly godless and irreverent. Society has never before seen such a widespread change in such a short period of time. Homosexuality is now to be admired. Abortion is equivalent to getting a tooth pulled. Gender is fluid. And over those same years, New Zealand – along with the US and its Commonwealth ‘friends’ – have suffered a major increase in catastrophic disasters, ballooning debt and weakening influence …
New Zealand has become a mere shadow of what it once was. It has become an irreligious, immoral, anti-monarchy, debt-laden, defenceless socialist state, desperately borrowing money in order to stay alive. As a New Zealander, it hurts to say it. But those are just the facts.
It may be the ‘in thing’ these days to be flippant toward religion. But I do believe in God, and I believe that while New Zealand in the past held to some semblance of biblical morality, the nation enjoyed blessings and prosperity, underneath the pomp and regality of a monarchy that likewise held respect toward a higher power. These were the years of strength, prosperity, education and opportunity for the Empire and her populations.
Oh, to hell with it! If you want to read all of this loopy doomsayer’s bilge, follow this link.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn