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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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Trench Warfare

Trench warfare, militant church. spiritual warfare, spiritual weapons, armor of God, fighting the good fight.  These and other terms depict  Christ’s Church as anything but passive or nicey nice.

There was a time in her history that the Christian church acted militarily to subdue its perceived enemies and acted on the assumption of God’s blessing for conquering His enemies. This came about from the sometimes unfortunate alliance of church and state where political and power agendas could be easily disguised as spiritual. And, given the power of the state with its standing armies the church could accomplish its ends without appearing sullied. Thus, so-called Christian imperialism was born and remains a source of contention, embarrassment, and cause for timidity for many churches and Christians to this day. However, the point here is simple- that in spite of past misconduct, the Church as the Body of Christ has always been called to battle, to fight the good fight, to die for the faith if necessary. By so doing it continues what Jesus started, a ministry of trench warfare, a messy foray into the depths of humanities propensity for both blatantly obvious and subtly enlightened evil. So, every local church, at least in my opinion, has a trench it is supposed to be fighting in for the cause of Christ and the advancement of the kingdom.

Now, I cannot say what specific trenches might be for specific churches. Each church is unique, its members placed by the Holy Spirit in that Body and no other which itself is cause for wonderment. The people in a church (I mean, of course, a Christ centered, Bible based congregation) might think they are there by choice or accident and the leadership might think they are there because of their ingenious programs.  But, the fact is, they are Christ’s people, saved by His blood, given gifts and placed there by the always mysterious machinations of His Spirit.

And I must emphasize it is trench warfare, it is a place where sin and evil is met head-on so to speak. We must think of ourselves as warriors, as aggressors against the Enemy and learn that behind every physical manifestation of evil and sin there are spiritual powers that cannot be overcome by anything other than spiritual weaponry.

So, the church and its leaders must set out to discover that trench they are to fight in, prepare themselves for battle, and then go on the offensive in the Name of Jesus.  Not any easy task, any of it really. Scary in fact because such adventures are usually into unknown territory but herein lies the secret of success. Any successful offensive is only brought about by the Lord Himself. What He asks of us is that we yield to Him so that we become His hands, feet, eyes, ears and mouth. He does the ministry, not us.  That is, if we lose sight that it is His ministry, His power, His cause, His Spirit by which we fight, I seriously doubt any of us will every engage in trench warfare. We will always have a shortcoming, a flaw, a secret sin, a less than dedicated heart that stand in the way of our full effectiveness; it might even the reason we don’t get involved in the first place. Or maybe we think ourselves to powerless, too old, to uneducated, to ill trained, to busy, to something to ever get involved in something like trench warfare. The fact is, however, that like it or not every one of us is in a fight; the difference between us is whether we simply find a hiding place in the trenches or whether we take up arms and fight back.

I have also noticed that given all the resistance to Christianity we might become apologetic for our beliefs rather than overwhelmingly confident we hold the truth about the ways things have been, the way things are, and the way things will be. I refer you to an earlier blog “Truth…What Truth?” for a discussion about this. The point is when you and I take a stand, it is a stand against something and for something.  Standing for the truth identifies who we are, standing against all untruth reveals the power that is ours through Him.

The upshot is that success or defeat in the trenches depends on whether we are led and empowered by His Spirit or whether we are pursuing our own agendas and empowered only by the flesh. Our lives will be a witness to which one of these options we choose.

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