Archive for May 11, 2011

Credo #29: The influence

Posted: May 11, 2011 in Credo, For brothers

The primary influence of the organized fellowship, and also the life of the individual believer, on culture, politics, and on “secular” culture generally; is one that is a byproduct of the Christian life well lived; not the focus. It is so very rarely the focus of a life.

To put this another way, there are a very few whose calling is, say, to engage the culture in the political realm in a direct and pronounced way. Your life as a believer will no doubt touch the political realm, perhaps only on election day; perhaps in the dialogs that come your way in life. Generally speaking, the latter will be the the case, not the former. This is not a Credo about politics; rather; it is an admonition to not lose your way in making some ministerial focus a substitute for your life with God. One can see people who, say, spiritually fetishize the poor, or conservative politics; or progressive politics, or their own notions of sacred music, say. All these things are so much easier than actually becoming a submitted and wise follower of Him in the role you are specifically called to. If you do this – if you fail this way – it will leave you powerless at the level where it really counts.

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Credo #30: The Pit

Posted: May 11, 2011 in Credo, For brothers

Remember that it was Joseph’s brothers who threw him into a pit.

Remember that these narratives in the OT are given to us in the NT age for our benefit; they are “types and shadows” to illuminate our understanding.

If you are going to be a modern day Joseph, you may be finding yourself mis-treated by an existing local church structure that has only a tenuous, or at least only partial, hold on physical and spiritual reality. You may be mis-treated in a severe fashion.

I have seen idiot pastors rebuke single men for going on a date; and for not going on a date. I have seen men disinvited for even asking questions about mandatory tithing; a practice that did not begin until the State co-opted the organized fellowship. I have seen men with college degrees claim that the biblical Christianity requires one to accept that the physical evidence supports a young earth interpretation of the facts; and then challenge the faith of those who object.

… .And these were men who were in the pulpit.

A new age is coming. Just accept — without whining about it — that your brothers in faith may not be your allies. This does not mean that they are no longer your brothers.