Sunday, April 19, 2020

Worship. Or Manipulation.

I don’t post political stuff very often. I believe there is enough division already; the true value of social media lies in its potential for connectivity. I particularly abhor conspiracy theory stuff but my friends, there are two conspiracies afoot in the world today. The one seeks to deceive, divide, and destroy. The other, to unite and build up. We will all take a side.  Think carefully. Choose wisely. 

What we are seeing with these armed protests is the precise point where individual ‘freedom’ clashes head on with the Gospel. This is a modern version of the garden-“Did God really tell you...That's not true...God [only] said that because he knows that when you [do] it, you will be like God...”. Because it’s all about me. 

 The Gospel teaches “Don't do anything from selfish ambition or from a cheap desire to boast, but be humble toward one another, always considering others better than yourselves. And look out for one another's interests, not just for your own.”; Paul’s concise summary of Jesus’ teaching. This is the message of the cross. How quickly we forget. 

The irony is these protesters, while claiming independence from government, can be sent into an instant frenzy by one tweet. We are witnessing the 21st century version of “You let the world, which doesn't know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience.” It’s a question of worship. It’s always a question of worship. 

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