to think we will never find deeper faith or that we can learn no more, is this not saying we have arrived? if we think we have the true faith, and we are of the true body, the Church, why then do we oppose learning the true history of the Church? Christ started his Church as a continuation of Judaism, said it would not fail, but survive the generations. Did the Israelites, the Jews do what they felt was true of Judaism, worship the way they interpreted Judaism, the Law? NO! And Christ designed it, and he designed the New Covenant Church as well. Does your church look and operate the way you feel it should or the way Christ wants it to?
While I agree with what she (Evans) is saying on some vaguely lit avenue, and that we know how hippy-hyper-capitalist street preachers drew crowds through the 90s, mega-churches are still drawing thousands of people who want to be nominal, loosely-knit, and not given the “whole guidance” of Christ’s Church. Yes, it includes radical and tough love as so many Christians are willing to “BOLD-CAP” shoot verses out of holy scripture. I love people in the LGBT community but it must be known that it is not acceptable to the Christians of the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Church. Evan’s article seems at first read to be a shallow apology to the LGBT micro-minority, an article masquerading as a search for substance of truth, but seemingly just as agenda-driven than a baby-booming-consumer hippy pastor trying to keep a seat filled-to-keep-the-empire humming along in its 501(C)3 money-making, corporately-structured bliss. What is missing is authenticity, she is correct, and that is needed wherever it is lacking in any organization and wherever people meet at any level of social construction. Fortune 500s do not lack discipline in the ranks of their mission; they do not lack vision nor highly ordered structure and constant monitoring of best practices and utilization of constraints. Yes, Jesus is what we want without pretension. However, you can still be authentically and non-pretentiously false in a belief system. Atheists have doctrine and creed written in the pages of The Humanist Manifestos: to rid the world of all religion, and it is all organized. Whether it is militant adherence to antiquated and disproved Darwinian evolution and it’s consequence of the most violent century in history or the systematic deconstruction of the life-giving traditional family in America, the Church still has an unspeakably, politically incorrect opponent. Yes, it is that serpent that Jesus makes literal reference to time and again. The spiritual enemy of the Church. But on the focus end of this spectrum, Jesus is not who we collectively and democratically elect him to be. No, he is historically and experientially who he says he is, the head of the Church. He organized and appointed a Church to preserve and share what he said, did, and wanted us to do and how to do it. What is lacking is the sacramental Church of History: A Church that infused discipline in its radical Love, knowing that Family is the base structure of the Church, that this un-enslaving hierarchy must abide in the family and the Church more than it exists in government, corporations, or any other successful organization and association, that an actual unified vision be alive and growing, that there must be consequence for not conforming to the standard Christ and his apostles presented in detail, but that there are unexplainable rewards for conforming to this standard, a heavenly hope and reward which promotes holy and ascetic living here in the temporal: the “salt” Jesus said his Church would be. The very reason people would long to be a part of this body of believers, the body of Christ. People are indeed like sheep and need a authentic shepherd, one full of grace and actually guiding and feeding them, nourishing with care; not favoring the man who has much wealth because the Church is not dependent on wealth, not built on the structure of man’s economy. People do not need a talking-head who imparts their presence to them for thirty minutes twice a week and disappears off into the realm of backstage. How about someone we do not see most of the time in Church because he is presenting Christ to us instead, and we see him more apart from his duty to serve “10 neatly ordered points” that might be better at a Toastmaster or company meeting? So where is my John Chapter 6 Jesus that I consume on the first day of the week, every week, or if I do not, I walk away with consequence and Jesus knows this? Where is the Ephesian and Corinthian Church Paul instructed that if I get a divorce of convenience and desire and do not reconcile, I am denied access to the Body and Blood of Jesus as the Early Church reiterated time and again? Where is the Church that requires baptism of the believer as the Apostles did? Where is the Church that “Hades will not prevail against.”? Where is the Church that requires an act of commitment and involvement and not a misleading, “Accept Jesus into your heart and that is it, you’re finished, there is nothing else you have to do….” go have a coffee at Higher, Holy, Divine Grounds of Percolating Perniciousness and start talking like we do………? (no offense to fellow coffee admirers) Where is the Church that has not been Dissected and Divided a few thousand times just in the last 200 years and is not trying to justify apparent ethereal unity? Will the Literal and Tangible Church please stand up? People are indeed looking for it amidst the unforgiving traffic of Christian liberty. I found it!
ancient truth, modern faith Part I
truth cannot exist in manifold opposites leading to a base.
it must exist in manifold likenesses stemming from the base
like a tree starting from roots, to the trunk to the branches, leaves, and fruit. it follows logical and reasonable and organic unity of structure…..
no one sees branches stemming from the ground leading to a trunk. leaves supporting branches to a trunk…..
this is chaotic and dismembered and dead….
so too Jesus Christ began symbiotically by designing Judaism from Eden the Tree of Life saving the world by an Arc..then into Mosaic Law and, appeared and presented himself in the Ark of the Covenant, presenting as Manna, bread from heaven sustaining them 40 years and then sat in the Holy of Holies requiring blood of lambs, but then cut the tree down after being born into the Ark….the Blessed Virgin Mary….no he didnt cut everything down…He said he completed it…..He said I AM the bread from heaven….He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life….(not human flesh and blood but Gods resurrected perfection..) .not destroy everything thus far…perfecting it……Jesus Christ is not a dismembered and chaotic tree…..but made a tree of Life that is substantial and real and tangible and yet representative….and it is present again in the Heavenly City spoken of in the Apocalypse from John the Revelator…..and his Mother is present standing on the moon with the Twelve Stars which are the Apostles….huh? yeah all Scriptural…all very orthodox….
“Though most proponents of expansion never directly used the term Social Darwinism, it was the commonly understood intellectual underpinning of their theories. These theories devolved and spread into popular entertainments, literature, and journalism, creating a mythology of the virile American hero vanquishing the uncivilized brutes who would prevent our manifest destiny.”
Good Morn…lets jump right in and look at how good it was to be under the OT Law. We hear everything horrible and detestable about bondage of the Law and how we are set free from the Law? Why did Christ Jesus say “I did not come to abolish the Law” then?
Maybe we feel like we are doing some big, charitable thing to give our food or things away to help someone. Sad that Christ had to make a law to tell people to share, notice it does not allow you to take for your gain, just to eat…beautiful….this is jail-able crime in our secular society…
“When you enter your neighbor’s vineyard, then you may eat grapes until you are fully satisfied, but you shall not put any in your basket.”
“When you enter your neighbor’s standing grain, then you may pluck the heads with your hand, but you shall not wield a sickle in your neighbor’s standing grain.”
“When you harvest the grapes in your vineyard, do not go over the vines again. Leave what remains for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow.”
Deuteronomy 23:25-25; 24:21
Here we go extremecapitalistChristianrepublicansanddems….pay close attention
“The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the LORD has told you, “You are not to go back that way again.”
He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray.
He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.
“And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests.” (what? priests? involved in politics?)
“It shall be with him and he shall
read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, by carefully observing all the words of this law and these statutes,
that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers,
and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel.”
How great it would be to live in a Theocratic Kingdom again, not socialism or capitalism- government or corporations-
but the Law—
If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother,
8 but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs.
9 Beware lest there be a wicked thought in your heart, saying, ‘The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand,’ and your eye be evil against your poor brother and you give him nothing,
and he cry out to the Lord against you, and it become sin among you.
10 You shall surely give to him, and your heart should not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand. 11
For the poor will never cease from the land;
therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.’
sums it up?
if you act like whats yours is only yours, the Lord is not happy.
Good Kings, do not have more than anyone else, should not have less or more. should read the Law, his Word as King David said, all the time.