“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free”

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The King’s Church

The church that Jesus died to start, by all accounts, was a church purposefully dedicated to truth. He was a pious teacher who taught men and women to live righteously, speaking out against corruption and wickedness at every turn, using parables to make his points -arguments that by large measure have apparently been forgotten.

“Don’t turn my Father’s house into a market!” (John 2: 13-16) That was Jesus’ admonition to would be profiteers around a marketplace that had once been a temple.

Today, they hawk CD’s and books, crucifixes, apparel and other accoutrement in the same way they sold sheep and doves in His day. But no one bats an eye.

When Jesus wasn’t walking – and we all know he walked with the people – he rode a donkey, or rather a foal. Not a gallant stallion, not even a mature beast, a foal.

Today, so-called men and women of God don fancy threads on the pulpit and step into Mercedes’ or their equivalent – our modern day stallion – singing His praises the whole way, saying “Look how God has blessed me!”

In His day, Jesus spoke truth. Not a comforting or uplifting message (necessarily) but plain and unadulterated truth, the kind that the leaders of His day tried to quickly suppress in spite of undeniable genuineness.

Today, there is vast injustice, inequality, bigotry and intolerance; maybe even more so than in His day. But while Jesus was quick to point out the injustice (however inconvenient for The Establishment), the Church today is ostensibly silenced by decree! Or is it? While it is true that everyone is afraid to speak out against anything remotely associated to politics and our government, our Constitution reads “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." The prevailing sentiment, however, is that IF I speak out and say “This is NOT RIGHT. This isn’t FAIR.” they’ll shut me down and my gravy train won’t keep on rolling. Worse still is the mentality that: “I’ll face the risk of alienating supporters / contributors and people will find another house of ‘worship’”.

So, the convenient logic is that if I speak the TRUTH, they'll shut me down as a 501c3 non-profit.
This slave mentality (a slave of the System, The Establishment) is what is irrefutably killing Christ’s Church. It is no longer the Church that Jesus died to start. It is the church that the King has sought to maintain. When the Church seeks to promote the status quo by drowning truth and justice in favor of congeniality and convenience, it is unquestionably an institution borne by the establishment for the establishment.

What religion has become is ugly. And God don’t like ugly. He favors Truth, Love, and Freedom.

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