Having failed to take the path to maturity as believers, many Christians repeat the elementary sayings of the faith or any good-sounding slogan or maxim, without so much as a second glance.
In this they are like man’s best friend, dining on regurgitate and putting up signs to announce their nourishment. At the juncture where they should be establishing their fidelity to Christ and their calling we find them clinging to the cheap and unhinged evangelical playbook. They find foes where there are none and report victories when no battle had been fought, all the while the supreme accomplishments of Christ’s sscrifice is merely a popular blip in slogans and soundbytes.
Church and state conflict?
When we read about a “church and state conflict” from these cowards we are not surprised. We know they have been drinking.
And Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were amazed at Him.Mark 12:17
It is obvious that a scholar who tries to create a facade of warrior mentality while showing no interest in the priority of the written words of Yeshua the Messiah is not worthy of any attention.
This level of feeding is not a 21st century phenomenon. Isaiah gave a full-bodied tour of this descent into darkness. The salient points in Isaiah’s guide are these.
- They are full of talk. Then the Lord said, “Because this people draw near with their words And honor Me with their lip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote, Isaiah 29:13
- There is intoxication in the picture. And these also reel with wine and stagger from strong drink: The priest and the prophet reel with strong drink, They are confused by wine, they stagger from strong drink; They reel while having visions, They totter when rendering judgment. Isaiah 28:7
- They do not read. The entire vision will be to you like the words of a sealed book, which when they give it to the one who is literate, saying, “Please read this,” he will say, “I cannot, for it is sealed.” Isaiah 29:11
Are these guys not the same people who say that believers do not protest, that believers must honour the “king” and obey government? These are the same cowards who never lifted a pinkie in defense of African dignity, never cared for Jewish people, Muslims or First Nations (except as a talking point about loving and giving thanks for all humans)
They love themselves “more than these”
So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.”John 21:15
2 Peter 2:18-19 tells us about a class that enjoys “speaking arrogant words of vanity enticing by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, (19) promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.
Drunk with their own meagre accomplishments, they quickly run out of fantasies and theories. I prefer any day a “Yeshua told us so” than an “I told you so”. The authentic struggles and progress of the kingdom life eludes most (75%) Christians. Solomon’s maxim that he is greater who conquers his own soul (desires) is greater than he who conquers a city aligns with the apostolic teaching that uncontrolled lusts (desires) put a damper on spiritual growth.
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.Proverbs 16:32
Faith and civic society
There is a canyon between the antics of any civic society and faith in God that no argument can bridge. Filthy dreams and fantasy, sometimes disguised as faith in the God who does impossible things, will never pass the smell test. What a waste that so much energy is spent on enemies that do not exist!