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Informers at the ready”

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“Informers at the ready”


Meditate:

Daniel 3:9-12

Daniel 6:10-13


“Mind your own business” now means “mind your neighbour’s business…and then report them!”



In an effort to curb the rise of COVID-19 we, in the UK are now under the “rule of six.” Follow the rules and you’ll be ok! Don’t follow the rules and big brother, big sister, big aunty, big uncle, big cousin and maybe even the person you helped cross the road will report you to the authorities. How and when did we get like this? I thought we should be looking out for each other?!


Maybe we are…but not in the way we had thought…


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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54142699

People should report their neighbours for any suspected breaches of new "rule of six" limits on social gatherings, the crime minister has said.


Kit Malthouse urged residents to pass on details of *suspected law-breaking* through non-emergency numbers.


Asked on BBC Radio 4's Today programme whether a person should report a gathering of seven or more in a neighbour's garden, Mr Malthouse said: "It is open to neighbours to do exactly that through the non-emergency number.


"And if they are concerned and they do see that kind of thing, then absolutely they should think about it."




National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) chairman Martin Hewitt denied that enforcement of the rule of six relied on people "grassing up" their neighbours.

"It relies on all of us being responsible," he told BBC Breakfast.


http://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-home-secretary-priti-patel-would-call-the-police-if-neighbours-broke-rule-of-six-12072281


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Hmmm…encouraged reporting of the behaviour of those who you *suspect* of not playing by the rules…for the common good…


Wait…is this 2020 or 1510-1559, is this COVID-19 or The Spanish Inquisition?


https://www.cs.mcgill.ca/~rwest/wikispeedia/wpcd/wp/s/Spanish_Inquisition.htm

The prosecution was directed by the fiscal. Interrogation of the defendant was done in the presence of the Notary of the Secreto, who meticulously wrote down the words of the accused (the archives of the Inquisition, in relation to those of other judicial systems of the era, are striking in the completness of their documentation). In order to defend himself, the accused had two possibilities: abonos (to find favorable witnesses) or tachas (to demonstrate that the witnesses of accusors were not trustworthy).



In order to interrogate the criminals, the Inquisition made use of torture, but not in a systematic way. *It was applied mainly against those suspected of Judaism and Protestantism, beginning in the 16th century.*


I doubt we will get as far as torturing those who gather in groups of more than six, but the precedent and encouragement for permitted snitching is here and here to stay.


Ecclesiastes 1:9

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.


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Meditate:

Matthew 10:16-20


However, there is no need to fear, although we know where we’re heading, we also know how it ends! If faithful to Christ, it ends in *victory,* it ends in *deliverance,* it ends in *triumph.*


Claim the promise:

Daniel 3:24-25 “...and the fourth looks like the Son of God.”


Daniel 6:22 - “My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me:..”


Revelation 3:21 - “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”


Maranatha!

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