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The Blind Leading the Blind

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20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. (Romans 1:20–23 (NKJV) 

Rejection and then substitution; this is what unregenerate humanity does with God. When the rule of God is ignored all that’s left is human corruption and hubris. This is why all human governments eventually end in failure.

Political corruption and arrogance has always existed but their magnitude in our time is unprecedented. It’s no longer isolated to just a few nations but is now global. And what is even more alarming is the ‘in your face’ display of this corruption as if no consequences exist. Like the blind leading the blind, reprobates lead other reprobates and as long as godless perverts elect other godless perverts into government office we can expect more idolatry, lawlessness and anarchy driven by a disregard for all moral restraint in the pursuit of personal gain under the guise of ‘what’s good for the public’. The ‘public’ turns out to be little more than tribes, special interest groups, self-defined minorities, so-called marginalized groups, dissidents, malcontents, anarchists etc. demanding that their particular agendas be addressed to the exclusion of others. They utter the slogan of “tolerance” like drugged devotees to an idol but, hypocritically, are intolerant of all who disagree with their warped views of reality. Public discourse, political debates, foreign policy are all fast approaching utter madness.

This madness is inevitable because the only viable standard of justice is the Judeo-Christian world-view given by God, sustained by God and revealed by God is prohibited as if it were criminal to think in such a way.

I, therefore, along with many others, have no faith in government, any government, to do what is just for its people, unless, of course, it is one that unreservedly embraces God’s laws and principles of governance. Someday, and sooner than we might think, just such a Government will be imposed upon the world requiring that every knee and every tongue confess the Lordship of a King who rules with absolute and perfect justice.

I must say that this is not an argument for disengaging from civic or political participation or discourse. It is simply to point out what’s really going on, that we shouldn’t be at all be surprised by the degeneracy we see. Should we think that somehow secular politics and reprobate politicians will be our allies in this project, then we are sadly mistaken.

So there should exist within Christianity a certain level of skepticism about, and antagonism towards, ungodly authority whether it be secular or religious. While the secular might not be surprising, the religious one might be. However, religious governance, that is churches, denominations, or other ecclesiastical entities, can be as corrupt as their secular counterparts. Just because leadership claims to be Christian doesn’t not make it so. Only the true Church, the Body of Christ, who’s Head is Jesus Christ is free from this. But now the wheat and the chaff remain intermixed until that great day when everything and everyone will be revealed for what it, or they, really are.

So, taking all this to heart provides a filter through the flapping gums of presidential political verbiage might be assessed. In spite of the corruption we can be confident that ultimately God decides who will lead nations in accordance with His inscrutable purposes in which I have full faith and confidence.

W. G. Ryzek

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Who do we think we are, really?

It’s clear there is an increasing anti-Christian sentiment growing
in our society.

As it increases, and I believe it will, we take our place alongside those of past centuries who endured the same kind ridicule and venom by the same sort of societies under dominion by the same spirit of antichrist. This perpetual resistance to Christianity and the faith that overcomes it is one of the profound similarities that exist between the Church of today and the ancient Church. Jesus said it would be like this to His followers then, so it shouldn’t surprise us who follow Him now. Yet, I find myself asking the rhetorical question “Just who do these people think they are, railing against God’s people?”

 I think sometimes we treat these assaults, caricatures, lies and distortions as if there were something true about them. The early Christians seemed to, so much so that much of the New Testament was written to Jewish and Gentile converts who suffered a kind of cultural inferiority complex because of their faith, some even to the point of denying it (1 Peter comes to mind). And the picture the New Testament paints is breathtaking by describing us as magnificent creatures in Christ dead to this world but forever alive to God and who possess a wisdom, knowledge strength, love and joy that belongs to beings destined for eternity. So, I’ve learned that a better question to ask is “Who do we think we are as Christians?” The answers we give go a long way in dispelling any feelings of inferiority.

So, for example, we are the sons and daughters of God the Father and therefore royalty because of our lineage to the One that was, is and is to come, the Alpha and Omega, the eternal Son of God, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus the Christ. Nothing, or no one, in this world can even remotely come close to the majesty, power, wealth and dominion of the very least in the kingdom of God. You who are His child, no matter if you are sick, crippled, weak, poor or any other such thing, are more glorious than can be possibly imagined by the those who see you as inferior or useless. This creation and the one to come, even heaven itself, is your inheritance through Him who loved you and gave Himself for you.

Consider secondly that we are priests to God.  No higher honor or position is possible than serving God in the performance of worship; it cannot even be matched by the angels who continually serve Him. But, as priests we serve the needs of others, including the ones who see us as ignorant, uninformed or deluded. By interceding for them the power to change the course of their eternal destiny and the destinies of whole families and even nations flows through us. Perhaps the most important task we have as priests is standing in the breach and praying for those who curse us, hate us, spitefully use us and persecute us so that they too might come to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour; and the greater the resistance the greater the power that flows through us.

Consider thirdly that we are saints. Simply put, a saint is a ‘holy one’, someone separated from ‘normal’ humanity and set apart solely for the Lord’s bidding. In order to serve the Lord, a saint is first purified and then consecrated. They then take their place among a holy and consecrated people. We are called saints in the Bible because we are separated from the world, the flesh and the devil, purified by the blood of Jesus Christ and consecrated by the Holy Spirit for the sole purpose of serving God and serving others. In this capacity we act very much like priests unto God. However, the real significance is that we are ‘different’ from mainstream humanity because we are not citizens of this world anymore but pilgrims who already possess a destiny beyond imagination. We await its fulfillment while representing God’s kingdom here on earth just like an ambassador from one country to another.

We never can, nor will we, ‘fit in’ with popular culture as long as we resist sin and champion righteousness. If we try we will fail unless we abdicate our citizenry and fall into lock-step with a world in open rebellion against God. The truth is by trying to readjust our calling with the expectations of the world we become pathetic creatures who are neither good citizens of the world nor of heaven and whose effectiveness as ambassadors is lost. To openly reject the world, the flesh and devil, to live as ‘holy ones’ invites ridicule and rejection from those who have yet to know Christ as their Lord. They may be our families, our friends, our business associates or even other Christians so-called. But, whatever the case, we are commanded to stand fast in the faith we have received for we owe the world nothing but to God we owe everything.

Consider fourthly that we are members of the Body of Christ. Among other things, this means we are the hands, feet, ears, eyes and mouth of Jesus. As member of His Body we have a part in saying and doing the very same things Jesus did that changed the lives of people forever. A kind word, a thoughtful gesture, a kind look, the delivery of much-needed food or healing in lock-step with preaching the good news that salvation is available to all are but a few examples of our work.  And, notice, that as the members of His Body all that we do is a service to others, not ourselves. It is always an outreach and a sacrifice with no thought of getting anything in return; the reward is the service itself.

This idea that each of us is part of a larger whole is an important counter to the destructive individualism that our culture claims is a virtue. The truth is that societal individualism is the breeding ground for all kinds of self-serving enterprises under the guise of ‘success stories’. I understand this description does not fit all instances but a daily reading of any major newspaper suffices as proof that self-serving individualism ruins many, many people financially, emotionally, spiritually (yes, even Christians can be guilty), and politically.

Finally, consider that we are the Bride of Christ, a people destined to be joined with Him forever, cleansed by His blood, clothed with His righteousness and given life everlasting, a resurrection life that is the final triumph over sin and death. We are His inheritance and His inheritance is ours. His Father is our Father, His Spirit is our Spirit, His reign is our reign, and His eternal destiny is our destiny. We are joined with Him and nothing in heaven or in hell can separate us from His love.

This is who we are, really and no amount of derision, persecution, mockery or disdain from the world or the Devil (they are allies you know) makes one iota of difference.  What does make a difference is how we think of ourselves. Let God define who and what you are and leave the opinions of the world far behind on your journey with the Lord of heaven and earth.

By the way, there are other descriptions of the Christian in the Bible besides the ones I’ve pointed out. It might be interesting for you to search those out. Let me know what you find.

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