We protest too much. From dawn to dusk there are situations that do not meet with our approval, and the dangerous options we actually have range between avoidance, disregarding what our perceptions tell us, and mounting a hostile campaign against the circumstances. Most of us have never taken a stand against our own crooked generation yet many so-called leaders are thought to be persons of courage and committed to Messianic revelation. Until you get inside their operations you will never know how great a fall (Matthew 7:27) awaits their sandcastles.
Never know due to not wanting to know
We will never know what it is like to be tested as the sons of Israel were. Their test was not a single specific question as was Abraham’s. Their test was given with the failing grade known to the Examiner.
Now these are the nations that the LORD left, to test Israel by them, that is, all in Israel who had not experienced all the wars in Canaan. Judges 3:1
I still take my hat off to Abraham for travelling three days to a mountain to sacrifice his only son. With so much time to challenge questionable instructions it is amazing that “God’s friend” followed through all the way, right down to aiming the knife at his son’s neck. We know how that ended!
Never know due to not wanting to know
What ever happened to “read your Bible and grow”? It has turned into the bogus excellence of a leadership stuck on a 17th century translation of the Bible. How authentic can one person’s reception of the gospel call be when the message is heard in a mangled form? How intimate can such a person’s interpretation of the message be with a sieve for a cup? Translation, even the best efforts, can be shallow business indeed! It is popular to think that one is reading the apostles’ words first hand – this is important, right? – in any of the world’s hundreds of versions (languages). You will never know what you are missing.
Since God has no need to test the ones to whom he has given the Spirit as Helper or try the ones he has sealed how dare we jump into the finer details of life and promise believers deliverance from experiences God has been known to use to elicit our growth? We will never know why we were personally involved in such treachery. We will never know why a person touched by the power of the gospel can insist on carrying the bondage and instruments of guilt, shame and condemnation with pride.
Shame is a thing we keep private. Things we keep private run the field from things everyone knows we have (like breasts and testicles) to the record or memory of things that make us look less than golden . We therefore wish our friends would simply become complicit in our denial of our own shame (and theirs!). We advocate for people to say nothing as we spin as many lies as all the resources of artificial and hybrid intelligence can muster. There would never have been a nuclear attack on Japan if there were no nuclear bombs. Open season on children in their schools and people we are taught to despise is no cheering matter.
If people want to spend the next decade in litigation over what type of weapons should be banned, let them. If the only weapons of mass murder are in the hands of the 007s it is a good thing since the pool of suspects cannot hide. It is not too late to start a bombing campaign with food and freedom from bigots looking for revolutionary status. Look again if you thought that the right to bear arms and freedom of expression are lifesupport twins.
We need a ban on mindless speculation, on can-do and geewhiz cheerleading in public spaces. That puts a lot of opining pundits and Bible quotes out of business, but we cannot survive the say-what-we-wish and call in the poopscoopers loop we are in. It does no good to pretend that our clothes make us exemplary primates. Most animals do way better than the human race. Keeping the private private is still a choice; our neighbours deserve to know as long as they think of us as neighbours and not as competitors and a mystery.
What if your religious leader does not know that God is not a vending machine robot? What if the preacher is at exactly the same distance from God as the King James translation of the Bible and the people who honour God with their lips? I have seen leadership disgracefully bumbling through reading the Scriptures. What are the chances of such a level of literacy resulting in accurate interpretation of the sacred text, even when the crutch of English grammar is in the mix.
Teachers of the Bible are covered with shame when they fail to understand their obligation to get their students in touch with the unadulterated message of Christ as it was written not by the often unreliable and inadequate translations and biased commentaries. What possible reason can anyone have for refusing instruction or for cheering ignorance whether you are Caiaphas the high priest or blind Bartimaeus?