Over many years we have seen religious institutions build, split into other denominations, grow and split into other denominations. We can argue over who came first, who gets the legitimate driver’s seat and who we think should be cast out into utter darkness. This is typical for human nature to want to take control and be for the winning team. There is one big problem. We don’t make that decision, but instead submit to the loving will of God, through the crucified and risen Christ. If we are Christians, that’s the deal. And we need to make sure that we adhere to the Gospel (good news), so we can share good news as opposed to news that no longer applies. I
I am seeing a new driver at the wheel and it isn’t anything that resembles holy, brothers and sisters.
I follow the Bible in as far as it applies to the “New Covenant”. I may reference the former covenant as a reference, but I am not a Jew, (accept through genetic lineage). I am a Christian and became a Christian because I wanted to be cleansed from the world and myself and selfish ways. I wanted to be born of the Spirit or Born Again. Being born again should not automatically put me into a cultural religious organization, but in fact give me a desire to share this wonderful and loving experience and find others who have had a similar spiritual encounter. That’s what religion is for. It should be a gathering place where we can come together and share our spiritual life, not political ideology.
This is unfortunately not the case in some churches. Some of us have lost our way and have been taught to put our own “wisdom” above the Christ, whom we call Lord, but displace Him through new ideas and ideologies. I refer to this action as trying to take the Bride of Christ and dress her up to look and act like a slut. These new blends of ideology and political alliances fall in line with thirty pieces of silver.
Greed, power, can you believe we actually have lobbyists for the church to do our bidding? I feel dirty just thinking about it. Going to Cesar for favors when we should be seeking God as to how to love the world, not fondle it.
Ever heard of Dominion Theology? That ought to wake you up.
Within our own church cultures we make the decision to help the poor, not stand for the notion to help the poor, backed by some religious-political agenda that makes us feel good and look better in the eyes of our neighbors, when in fact we are standing around doing nothing. Plastic flowers… Yes, the illusion that something real is in fact rubbish.
Now this is the deal. If you want to live under the old covenant, become a Jew. Hey that’s okay, but leave it out of the Church. Don’t be condemning others over religion, race, sexual orientation, or any other petty, ignorant, bigoted quasi-Judeo-Christian mess that you were taught to believe by a church that has corrupted itself with strong ties to the money and power of this world.
The enemy wants to divide us but we have a loving God, so let’s get back to sharing that news.