Most people have this idea that the church is simply this random gathering of religious consumers.
They obviously wouldn't put it in those words, but that is how most view what the church is.
It is a weekly meeting for random individuals who "have a relationship with Jesus" to consume religious entertainment, such as a saccharine pop music about Jesus and a lecture (often vaguely) about the Bible, with nice programs to keep the kids busy.
Yes, it is true that the Canaanite woman had extremely strong faith.
That is not why this story appears in Matthew's Gospel.
Back before the religion of "new atheism" hadn't been swallowed up by wokeness, you'd often be asked by Hitchens-types "why did the Son of God appear in the backwater of Near East and not in the center of the world like Rome or China?"
I've been told a million times Mt. 15:1-20 is about Jesus condemning dead, mindless tradition—like a well-ordered liturgy—therefore [new traditions]—like a sappy rock concert with a "inspiring" TedTalk in the middle— should be done instead.
🚨NOT WHAT THIS PASSAGE IS ABOUT🚨
Jesus is ministering in Galilee, which is the flyover country, or MIDBEST of ancient Palestine.
The Scribes and Pharisees, who are the Seminary Presidents and Influential Urban Megachurch Pastors come down to hillbilly country to see what is going on.
These guys know the Bible, including Daniel, and they can do math, and they (and all of Israel) know Daniel's 70 weeks is right at its end. The Messiah should be here any minute now.
They thought it might be John, but he's dead. The last thing they want is for it to be Jesus.
The fact I can find multiple illustrated versions of The Illiad that look like this but the “best” illustrated Bibles are barely any better than Precious Moments has far more explanatory power regarding contemporary Christianity than anything I can articulate.
MY KINGDOM FOR AN ILLUSTRATED Book of Judges THAT SHOWS THE FÆCES ERUPT FROM CORPULENT EGLON WHEN THE SWORD RIPS OPEN HIS PORCINE BELLY.
What exactly *would* an artist’s rendition of Abimelech’s head getting crushed by a millstone look like?
I say this without a shred of hyperbole: nearly all the problems of contemporary Christendom can be traced back to a defective view of worship.
Even most of the best churches, that otherwise seriously believe the Bible, don't pay attention to what it says about worship.
What the contemporary church believes worship is for:
TEDtalks w/Bible verses
Impressive rock concerts
What the Bible says worship is for:
God's people gathering before His presence
God renewing His covenant relationship with His people
God's people receiving grace from Him
God's people responding with praise
God's people returning a portion of the grace He has given
lol nearly every instance of newsworthy “racism” is either totally made up by the “victim” (Smollett, Alethia Bernstein) or a misunderstanding brought on by those pathologized by antiracism into being terrified of things like garage door pulls and overhead projector covers.
Meanwhile, antiracists burned down billions of dollars worth of cities and attacked and murdered people because a man overdosed on fentanyl in police custody and a female drug dealer got in a shootout with police.
Even more ironically is we are chastised by Evangelilibs for believing “conspiracy theories” like elite child sex abuse or an election we witnessed get stolen in real time, “because God cares about truth,” but they won’t bother to challenge the shaky Floyd or Taylor narratives 🤔
An excellent article by @SolomonsaysN. I respect both him and @douglaswils immensely. The question is what if Trump crosses the Rubicon? What if the legislatures fail to grant him the electors that were stolen from him & he takes what is his by force?
He is an animal backed into a corner. They have already telegraphed they will dismantle his financial holdings & will try to put him & his family in prison for challenging the global liberal capital empire. What if he calls his 70M very enthusiastic supporters to arms?
It is not without precedent, as Mark points out in his article. History is replete with rulers taking power by force. Would it be a sin to support a ruler and even fight for him taking what is rightfully his extrajudicially?
lol the point of the Jerusalem Council was not “eliminating obstacles” as though they were arbitrary but reckoning with a new creation in which Gentiles and Jews together are given the same access to the sanctuary as priests.
But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me.
The Parable of the Minas is about a failed coup d’etat. The servant who hides the Mina is unfaithful because he does not believe his master will return. He is condemned because he refused to publicly identify with his master because he believed the coup would succeed.
It is not about merely being “a good steward.”
It is about betting it all when things are not at all certain your guy is gonna win & might lose everything if you are wrong.
The immediate application, like so much of the NT is 70 AD. His enemies are brought out and slaughtered.
Regular reminder: Until the right learns to become impervious to the left’s most powerful weapon, the accusation of racism, we will continue to be dominated by these people politically, economically, culturally, and spiritually.
Until the instinctual response to the accusation of racism by everyone of even moderate rightwing sympathy is “You think syrup is racist. So what?” they will continue to own us on all fronts.
The point is not to defend yourself afainst the accusation “I have black friends” to them might as well be a H*tler salute. It is a Kafkatrap. Defending yourself is admission of guilt.
Instead, you need to go on the offensive and point out their idea of racism is insane.
The single-greatest factor determining whether you will grow up in poverty or not is not race, ethnicity, country-of-origin, or urban, suburban, or rural environment.
It is whether your mother is married to your father.
It is far easier to loudly proclaim the condition of black communities is entirely the responsibility of an implicit conspiracy of white people while the collective self-destructive choices of many individuals (if acknowledged at all) are caused by said conspiracy.
It would take courage to say “sexual revolution is a means of political control. They want your children to be fatherless. Don’t give that to them. Get married and stay married. Do not fornicate. Do not commit adultery.”
The question that conservative evangelicals should be asking is if 40+ years of neoliberal anti-racism has only made the situation worse for both race relations and the lives of black people.
This a question you are not allowed to ask. The only allowable question is if the current antiracism efforts are enough or if we must double down.
You are not allowed to even question the narrative presented. Black people today are horribly oppressed, end of story. Multibillion dollar media orgs have spent millions of dollars meming the public into believing the masses into believing this (e.g. the NYT’s 1619 project).
Decided to change up my Bible reading plans for 2020.
Had been doing One Year Bible but it is far too easy to fall behind. I am going to read one chapter a day (a couple times throughout the day) and post about it on this thread. You can join me if you like.
I could dwell on this chapter for a month. Bible is a cumulative book. Everything built on top of previous foundations. This chapter is the foundation of foundations. All the symbolism, types, patterns, etc. are found here.
The entire symbolic universe of the Bible is built in Genesis 1.
God could have described all the mysteries of physics, biology, etc.
He described the details (firmament, sea creatures, winged birds, things that creep, birds) of how he made the world exactly as He intended.