Thursday, July 4, 2013

July 4, 2013

We the People.

=backdoor collectivism?

 It belies Isaiah 53:6 We all like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.  If the unbreakable word of God says "each of us has turned to his own way," then how shall we amalgamate and then baptize it in any biblical sense?  The prophet was speaking of Israel, God's own beloved wife, and they all went astray.  Are we better than Israel?

Most supposed Christian unity in this country is illusory, and we can only deal with people one at a time.  Sure we are stuck with nations and states, but the New Testament knows nothing of Christian nations or states.  Nothing!  This is the brainchild of Constantine, and the "In hoc signo vinces."  vision that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.  As a matter of fact, "Woe to you Chorazin, and woe to you Bethsaida" is only the foreshadow of the judgment of the godless nations fulfilled in Revelation.

As a microcosm, envision a Bible study sponsored by a church.  Have you ever noticed that there are no right or wrong answers?  Have you ever noticed that people cannot agree, and get into a heated argument, then cover it over with a lackluster prayer for unity, and emphasize that "we all are on the road and at different points in our faith?"

At the very outset of nations in Genesis 11, we all tried to build a tower of "unity," a collectivist masterpiece of pagan idolatry.  "Let us make a name for ourselves."  This was a gross misinterpretation of the "Let Us" paradigm in which the world was created by God.  Sure, the NT speaks in the collective "we" sense often, but only the Church is, by virtue of the once-for-all sacrifice of Christ, worthy of the "we."

This does not mean I would not build a treehouse with my son, and that "we" can do it. The "wes" of life are inescapable in one sense, and no one should abandon the pronoun.  But when it comes to framing a philosophy of life, WE better be careful.

What all this means on July 4 is that God alone has the remedy for fractured human relationships and lack of unity.  The USA is a temporary nation, which happens to have some revivals in its past, but for the most part, I count on my fingers the actual number of people I would take by the hand.

Yeah, I'm going to the silly parade, and yeah, I'm going to the fireworks...