The End of Arab Nationalism and its Folkloric League

The End of Arab Nationalism and its Folkloric League.  Excellent insight

My friend is right you know… I hope what I write is as clearly understood as your insightful wisdom.

Here is my premise: I am a man who believes in a strong republic because I fully believe in the “Fall of Man” and I don’t see governments as the sole owner of all the solutions. Now the combination of people to people who are willing to give a hand up and Governments who seek to find solutions with those outside of Governments (NGO’s and the like)might and I mean might work. Disasters prove it time and time again that it takes more than any centralized government today. Governments are fragile instruments at best and the U.N. only knows how to take money and spend it on itself like a peacock which struts around the barnyard and does nothing but look pretty in its own eyes and consumes food. The League of Nations didn’t work; we have over 100 million dead all over the world from the 30’s to the Mid 40’s to prove it. Why did they think the post WWII world organization would be any different…what by gluing different feathers on it? History not learned repeats and has and sadly is true again today!

History does teach us that in the end governments left to themselves, think they have the sole solution. Many sad to say think like Nietzsche: “What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself. What is bad? All that is born of weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome.” Power being their god and control of others being their virtue.

All this means is most people are democrats for the opposite reason, as I am a believer in the republic form of governance. A great deal of democratic enthusiasm descends from the ideas of people like Rousseau and others even Nietzsche. They are a group who believe in democracy because they think mankind so wise and good (capable) that the strong would allow everyone to share a bit of government.

The danger of defending democracy on those grounds is that they’re not true. . . . “I find that they’re not true without looking further than myself. I don’t deserve a share in governing a hen-roost. Much less a nation.” C.S. Lewis

The real reason for republic is just the reverse. Mankind is so fallen that no one man or even a single group can be trusted with unchecked power over their fellow humans.  Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves. I do not contradict him. I reject slavery because I see no people fit to be masters of others.

Again my friend you strike a rich cord of clear thinking, it is what an author I enjoy said of the people who discovered they were following evil in the late 30’s in Germany: “If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the opposite direction.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The Arab League needs to get off the train and get on another one that values, listens and allow people to people contact, not subjugation (our governments needs to do a similar action too!). What is needed is a train which seeks real and tangible creative, long-term solutions. But alas, as you know power doesn’t give up power easily and never without a great cost. You are bold, honorable and true – keep speaking it out, silence is not golden in the face of true evil! You are in my prayers for strength, tenacity and wisdom!
Cheers,

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The Strange Situation

Today we find in the Western Societies, what appears to be a refusal to accept its historical and spiritual inheritance that is its right to claim, in many ways and for many reasons. In fact the “Western World” is becoming, even successfully I might add, hostile towards Christ and those associated with Him. This is for many of us a strange situation and within this situation it seems to have this sense of genuine decay taking place, even as I share this. Amid the disruption of the whole order of things throughout the world, here we stand today as Christians and as the Church worldwide (note not just in the West only) as the “guardians” of the heritage of the ancient missional DNA of founding of the Church by our Messiah Jesus.
But many times we walk in our circle and we don’t realize how cloistered we have become, through no evil intent on our part, and we allow our MDNA to go silent. However, when genuine decay starts to gain strength as it is and now here is the hard part: the worse then evil/decay, the readier we must be to suffer.
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” He also said this about the people who weren’t standing up to Hitler and other doers of evil and the why: “We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds; we have been drenched by many storms; we have learnt the arts of equivocation and deception; experience has made us suspicious of others and kept us from being truthful and open; intolerable conflicts have worn us down and even made us cynical. Are we still of any use? What we need is not geniuses, or cynics, or misanthropes, or clever tacticians, but plain, honest, and straightforward people. Will our inward power of resistance be strong enough, and our honesty with ourselves remorseless enough, for us to find our way back to simplicity and straightforwardness?” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
To be fully straightforward, we are the Church, we are able through the miracle of Father through Jesus who is “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8) to stand upright in the floodtide of destruction that is appearing to be rolling ever faster at us. So be strong! There is hope also, we are strengthen my a mysterious “Restrainer” that 2 Thess. 2:7 talks of, one who is the other remaining force which partners with us that opposes chaos/decay! The task of the Church (YOU!) is never more important than it is right now. This though isn’t the first time it appears, there have been other parallel season in fact many other times in History, where chaos and decay rise up with its death filled hands of violence and hatred.
What is the difference this time then, the corpus christianum (as it is- Body of Christianity) is broken and the Corpus Christi (within us – Body of Christ) is the only power (true power) that confronts the chaos and decay with power, spirit and strength of the Father. The world has known Jesus and is fleeing from Him, it seems, it appears even to abandon all pretense it once exhibited. The Church as Corpus Christi – must display the living Jesus to the world and it cannot stay cloistered in safe havens.
We must do this while we wait, as the church previously has done for two-thousand years of the “last days”. For we are the bearer of a historical and spiritual inheritance we cannot run from, for we are bound to a historical future as well. The disciple’s outlook of the end of time must not hinder us from our responsibility. We must leave not only the end of time to Father, but we must nonetheless also see that there is the distinct historical probability of the continuation of time and history. We must have in our core of faith as our actions to be one of dedication to our task with the Restrainer and live showing the risen Messiah – Jesus’ message to all with real grace. We are called to strike the deadly blow on the spirit of destruction in our time!
The “Restrainer”, the force of order, I believe sees in us the Church Corpus Christi (within us) as a partner in this great task of our age, along with whatever other elements of order from chaos remains (that aren’t Faith focused – but have from its foundation the Judean-Christian Ethic). Elements of: Justice, truth, science, art culture, human kindness, liberty even patriotism, all might at last find their way back from the abyss of chaos, however not without the Church –us being at the center of life. The more our message of reality of life spreads like a torrent of rain and wind that refreshing element that values all life is central (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…), our effectiveness expands in this world and this nation. Those actions will draw most people away from the abyss of decay and chaos! Remember we are salt and light for a reason!
If we suffer, our suffering presence is an unusual danger to the spirit of destruction and chaos, more power than all the politics of power or military would ever hope to carry. The living Messiah’s message to the world which we the Church needs to make clear (if we choose to) is: that we are not concerned with being the custodian of the past or preservation artist of the beauty of the Church. However we are the Corpus Christi, living in this world to provide the distinctiveness, the flavor difference between all others, even those elements that align with “us” the Church. In this distinctiveness the future holds grace and hope that breathes in and out the air of eternity deep within US, the Church. That is the message we bring, that you bring – how can we not participate and vanquish the spirit of destruction in our age of living history?
We must then exert ourselves to grow beyond our view humanity, to leave the broken human behind us, God becomes human; and we must recognize that God wills that we be human, real human beings. While we distinguish between pious and godless, good and evil, noble and base, God loves real people without difference. We are to be people who are real, truthful, gentle, strong, ones who value others as much as Father does. In the expanse of all humanity there are all kinds of evil and in the face of evil, we must be willing to step up if need be and speak up, then take the place of the one who was chosen to die in the death chamber. Chosen at random only because they were weaker, sick, small, less than mentally, the wrong color, not wealthy or wealthy, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Bahia, no faith, criminal even or just left behind. We must be more, since the Crucified ascended Messiah is in the center of mankind and we are holding onto His nail pierced hand…and that will strengthen and calm our trembling heart.

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All the World’s a Stage… so then is life!

Over the last three months Paula and Annaliese have been enjoying the community theatre stage again! They were in Fiddler on the Roof, Paula playing the part of Goldie the mom (co-lead) and Annaliese playing Tzeitel the oldest daughter both them and the entire cast did wonderfully!! I loved it and they relished it!
It got me to thinking about life especially in light of the story of Fiddler – unjust dilemmas and tribulations.  I believe it was F. Scott Fitzgerald used the phrase “no second acts” rather than “no second chances”. This has led me to think that there is another alternative interpretation of this famous quote. Fitzgerald possibly was referring to the narrative arc of American life with “act” referring not to opportunity, but to a theatrical structure. Life has an Act I, the introduction of promise and complications, and an Act III, the resolution. “No second acts” may not mean “no second chance” but no Act II. According to Fitzgerald, American life ignores the tribulations, dilemmas, and minor plot turns that often accompany a theatrical second act.

How true in many ways that is for people in general, we want a smooth road with very little twist and turns, ups and downs and we sure don’t want to have an engine failure on our journey of life. “I discovered later, and I’m still discovering right up to this moment, that is it only by living completely in this world that one learns to have faith. By this-worldliness I mean living unreservedly in life’s duties, problems, successes and failures. In so doing we throw ourselves completely into the arms of God, taking seriously, not our own sufferings, but those of God in the world. That, I think, is faith.”   Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Avoiding Act II isn’t healthy… drive on this part of our journey it is an opportunity to partake in authentic friendship (those that walk with you in the think of it and the thin of it), enjoy his presence with us through the valley till we get to Act III the resolution – paradise.

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END TIMES OH NO NOT AGAIN!!!

Several students have been talking about the end-times we live in! So, there isn’t any need to really evangelize!

Why can’t it be just going and making disciples… This movement is built on a false premise and misplaced escapology (current end-time doctrine -eschatology for those who think it is important to say the theo term!) by doing this so Jesus will come. Making disciples is the command of Jesus till Father tells him it is over for this place and the new place of earth and heaven are conjoined. The question is asked by Jesus in Luke 18:8b “But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” WILL HE??

There are websites that are pushing evangelism to close in on Jesus coming again. But like project A.D. 2000 and the other previous “evangelism” stuff, it is not biblical in its end
goal.”The means” is for every generation make disciples (Matt 28:16-20 – even then some doubted him), be winsome to the world, love your enemies (now that is a joy) which doesn’t mean you stop speaking out against them but you are compelled by Love (having their interest at heart) by speaking out – I mean who really wants someone thrown in a lake of fire – unless you have unforgivness in your heart then you will get what you give, giving that hand up to everyone cold water that Jesus talks about…!! Evangelism IS NOT AN EVENT… becoming and being a disciple is a relationship with Jesus, exercised in Churches that exercises it in our cultures that we live in.

“Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes. There is his commission, his work. ‘The kingdom is to be in the midst of your enemies. And he who will not suffer this does not want to be of the Kingdom of Christ; he wants to be among friends, to sit among roses and lilies, not with the bad people but the devout people. O you blasphemers and betrayers of Christ! If Christ had done what you are doing who would ever have been spared’ (Luther).” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community.

Christians need to be alive not for the rapture but for Jesus in this world. Misplaced end-times theology has caused most of the mess we have in this culture by waiting for Jesus or doing to make Father tell Jesus to come back - instead of living for Jesus and being life-giving to everyone.

SO what you ask – Basically, I do not just need to prepare for a life after death, but I need to prepare for life after life after death, the new heaven and earth conjoined together is the big event and Father is in charge of that not any of us –thankfully! This gives such a new perspective on my actions in the here and now. My present work for the kingdom, however insignificant, however much like a drop in the ocean it seems, matters in the eternity of others living with me in the eternal kingdom of the true King. My hope for my own life is that what we do in this “life matters” into God’s future. It’s all “building for God’s kingdom.” This is also an answer to Solomon’s meanderings in Ecclesiastes, that what I “do for the Lord is not in vain.” You are not oiling the wheels of a machine that’s about to roll over a cliff or raptured. You are not planting roses in a garden that is about to be dug up for a building site. You are accomplishing something that will become in due course part of God’s new world. MAKE DISCIPLES!! Cheers!!

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I want to remind us that we all need to remember that the church is victorious in the end. We are on the winning side!! The work of the Holy Spirit is to usher in the full sovereign rule of God is in the process of becoming complete. How often has this been put aside in our church sermons, Easter and Christmas services, worship songs, and daily devotions! Jesus is the King now as Paul preached and as John gave us the future – Jesus will assert himself as King of the earth. John seems to be screaming this out from the Island of Patmos when he writes my favorite passage Revelation 19:11-16 – go on read it!

What I am advising is that the New Testament image of the future hope of the whole cosmos, grounded in the resurrection of Jesus, gives as coherent a picture as we need on a daily basis. A picture of the future that is promised to the whole world, a future in which …decay and death will be done away with and a new creation born, to which the present one will stand as mother to child.” Then heaven and earth will be joined as in marriage. So it’s not about how we just follow Jesus into heaven but it’s about Jesus coming back to complete His rule on earth. From my studies the rapture in 1 Thessalonians 4:15 is a mis-translation of the word parousia. The rapture is not the living saved souls coming to meet Jesus, rather it is the coming parousia – the royal presence of a King – in this case Jesus. This passage needs to be examined in light of other New Testament passages.
Let me continue to say that the purpose of Jesus’ Kingdom inauguration is so we could enjoy, already in the present, that renewal of creation which is God’s ultimate purpose – manage the environment not worship it!! Furthermore, Jesus’ Resurrection was actually the birthing of a new world. The creating Logos of John 1:3 has begun his new creation at the Resurrection. Now we are co-redeemers, participating with God in renewing earth and all of heaven throughout eternity. To this end we can begin to invest now and begin to bring hope to our world because our works will last to the new creation. The surprising future hope held out to us in Jesus Christ leads directly…to a vision of the present hope that is the basis of all Christian mission.
Wow. Let Hope Rise! Not only does the church come out as the vindicated group at the end of this age, but the Lord will avenge her adversaries! Then also, the hope of Israel is also met in the return of the King. Then the whole world is consumed by his glory as “the waters cover the sea.” Then true presence and being is revealed to the potential beings. This is my most forceful thrust into tonight topic – that the inaugurated already but not yet kingdom, to which we live and move and have our being, will become complete and actualized…THEN!
Behold the coming King. “Behold, I make all things new.” (Rev 21:5)
This teaching can’t be taken lightly because it changes everything on how we live today. For instance, how many of you were so unhappy about Denver getting undone on Saturday, we can get over quicker, because we already know what the future holds – we win.

Hope is what you get when you suddenly realize that a different worldview is possible, a worldview in which the rich, the powerful, the evil violent men and the unscrupulous do not after all have the last word.
I want to sum it all up by saying; Life after death, it seems, can be a serious distraction not only from the ultimate life after life after death, but also from life before death (Thank you N.T. Wright and Steve Burger – Franklin TN). Basically, I do not just need to prepare for a life after death, but I need to prepare for life after life after death, the new heaven and earth conjoined together. This gives such a new perspective on my actions in the here and now. My present work for the kingdom, however insignificant, however much like a drop in the ocean it seems, matters in the winning and eternal kingdom of the true King. My hope for my own life is that what we do in this life matters into God’s future. It’s all “building for God’s kingdom.” This is also an answer to Solomon’s meanderings in Ecclesiastes, that what I “do for the Lord is not in vain. You are not oiling the wheels of a machine that’s about to roll over a cliff. You are not planting roses in a garden that is about to be dug up for a building site. You are accomplishing something that will become in due course part of God’s new world.”
How refreshing! How enlightening! The candles of all of history are overtaken by the light of the sun of Jesus’ resurrection and our future one where we have life after life after death a NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH!! The future resurrection matters incomprehensibly; thus everything in this life matters in preparation for such a bright future – King Jesus will find faith!!!

Rev 21:1-7: A New Heaven and a New Earth:   “Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a] for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” 5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.”

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A reminder in troubled times…

I want to remind us that we all need to remember that the church is victorious in the end. We are on the winning side!! The work of the Holy Spirit is to usher in the full sovereign rule of God is in the process of becoming complete. How often has this been put aside in our church sermons, Easter and Christmas services, worship songs, and daily devotions! Jesus is the King now as Paul preached and as John gave us the future – Jesus will assert himself as King of the earth. John seems to be screaming this out from the Island of Patmos when he writes my favorite passage Revelation 19:11-16 – go on read it!

What I am advising is that the New Testament image of the future hope of the whole cosmos, grounded in the resurrection of Jesus, gives as coherent a picture as we need on a daily basis. A picture of the future that is promised to the whole world, a future in which …decay and death will be done away with and a new creation born, to which the present one will stand as mother to child.” Then heaven and earth will be joined as in marriage. So it’s not about how we just follow Jesus into heaven but it’s about Jesus coming back to complete His rule on earth. From my studies the rapture in 1 Thessalonians 4:15 is a mis-translation of the word parousia. The rapture is not the living saved souls coming to meet Jesus, rather it is the coming parousia – the royal presence of a King – in this case Jesus. This passage needs to be examined in light of other New Testament passages.

Let me continue to say that the purpose of Jesus’ Kingdom inauguration is so we could enjoy, already in the present, that renewal of creation which is God’s ultimate purpose – manage the environment not worship it!! Furthermore, Jesus’ Resurrection was actually the birthing of a new world. The creating Logos of John 1:3 has begun his new creation at the Resurrection. Now we are co-redeemers, participating with God in renewing earth and all of heaven throughout eternity. To this end we can begin to invest now and begin to bring hope to our world because our works will last to the new creation. The surprising future hope held out to us in Jesus Christ leads directly…to a vision of the present hope that is the basis of all Christian mission.

Wow. Let Hope Rise!
Not only does the church come out as the vindicated group at the end of this age, but the Lord will avenge her adversaries! Then also, the hope of Israel is also met in the return of the King. Then the whole world is consumed by his glory as “the waters cover the sea.” Then true presence and being is revealed to the potential beings. This is my most forceful thrust into tonight topic – that the inaugurated already but not yet kingdom, to which we live and move and have our being, will become complete and actualized…THEN!

Behold the coming King. “Behold, I make all things new.” (Rev 21:5)

This teaching can’t be taken lightly because it changes everything on how we live today. For instance, how many of you were so unhappy about Denver getting undone on Saturday, we can get over quicker, because we already know what the future holds – we win.

Hope is what you get when you suddenly realize that a different worldview is possible, a worldview in which the rich, the powerful, the evil violent men and the unscrupulous do not after all have the last word.

I want to sum it all up by saying; Life after death, it seems, can be a serious distraction not only from the ultimate life after life after death, but also from life before death (Thank you N.T. Wright and Steve Burger – Franklin TN). Basically, I do not just need to prepare for a life after death, but I need to prepare for life after life after death, the new heaven and earth conjoined together. This gives such a new perspective on my actions in the here and now. My present work for the kingdom, however insignificant, however much like a drop in the ocean it seems, matters in the winning and eternal kingdom of the true King. My hope for my own life is that what we do in this life matters into God’s future. It’s all “building for God’s kingdom.” This is also an answer to Solomon’s meanderings in Ecclesiastes, that what I “do for the Lord is not in vain. You are not oiling the wheels of a machine that’s about to roll over a cliff. You are not planting roses in a garden that is about to be dug up for a building site. You are accomplishing something that will become in due course part of God’s new world.”

How refreshing! How enlightening! The candles of all of history are overtaken by the light of the sun of Jesus’ resurrection and our future one where we have life after life after death a NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH!! The future resurrection matters incomprehensibly; thus everything in this life matters in preparation for such a bright future – King Jesus will find faith!!!


Rev 21:1-
7: A New Heaven and a New Earth:   “Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a] for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” 5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.”

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Hipster “Christians”…Really??

It is a very interesting new class of people called “Hipsters” that is now being swallowed by Christians (20′s or 30′s group). It allows them… to be them without being connect to others who are “not” hip like them. Author of “Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide,” Brett McCracken says Christian hipsters are rebelling against the over-spiritualized Christian culture they were raised in, described as: …the stereotypical evangelical church of the 80s – 90s: The Republican, middle class, abortion-clinic-picketing, anti-gay, anti-welfare, legalistic, not-so-interested-in-art-or-books WASP evangelical. To Read more: http://zionica.com/2012/11/15/christian-hipsters-say-capitalism-is-so-over/#ixzz2CJcObxhK

My problem isn’t that they voted for whomever, it is their glaring oxymoronic behavior (i.e. a wise fool if you’re wondering what is oxymoronic). It isn’t whether they like scotch single malt (I do on rare occasions) or enjoy a cigar (I don’t) or even get tatted with latest ink with scriptures or cool crosses (I am scared of needles and what it will look like when I get old!). However “Hipster” you are, if your core is hallow with only “good works” or “cool looks” or “anti-them”, you are eating of the very apple you so dislike of previous generations. If the life of the unborn, born or old isn’t valued and protected or if you are silent when a government (of any strip) seeks to compromise its people of faith or approve of one faith over another then your label doesn’t matter.

Lincoln said this way… “That is the real issue. That is the issue that will continue in this country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be silent. It is the eternal struggle between these two principles — right and wrong — throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time, and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, ‘You work and toil and earn bread, and I’ll eat it.’ No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle.”

Lincoln is still right. Today we have various groups seeking to do just that from radical Muslims in Egypt/Saudi Arabia and beyond to the left that are in many nations or the faithless libertarian who would lead us down the road to anarchy of me, myself and I. They all seek to enslave others whereas the Father seeks to free all others.

Again, IF these hipsters really read C.S. Lewis or Bonhoeffer, I mean really read them and understood the times in which they lived (history), they would value life and not want the intrusion of government to take the place of Father/His Bride the Church or the radicals of any side around the world that seeks to enslave mankind again.  Again, they seem to be hung up on the “anti” stance they see (or so they say) but aren’t they being anti themselves?  From Dietrich Bonhoeffer we hear: “Unless we have the courage to fight for a revival of wholesome reserve between man and man, we shall perish in an anarchy of human values… . Socially it means the renunciation of all place-hunting, a break with the cult of the “star,” an open eye both upwards and downwards, especially in the choice of one’s more intimate friends, and pleasure in private life as well as courage to enter public life. Culturally it means a return from the newspaper and the radio (smartphones, tables, nooks…) to the book, from feverish activity to unhurried leisure, from dispersion to concentration, from sensationalism to reflection, from virtuosity to art, from snobbery to modesty, from extravagance to moderation.”  The Hipster “Christian” is falling to the same trap as their parents did with the mega evangelical model of: seeking to belong to a cause, have the latest things and personality cult rather than to Jesus.

Unless all Christians move back out of the “cause” mode of living and into the Ancient Faith again we will lose our voice in the time of evil and our silence in the face of its murderous ways will overwhelm the many and the few left standing will be weeping at the loss of so many.

“We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds; we have been drenched by many storms; we have learnt the arts of equivocation and pretense experience has made us suspicious of others and kept us from being truthful and open; intolerable conflicts have worn us down and even made us cynical. Are we still of any use? What we shall need is not geniuses, or cynics, or misanthropes, or clever tacticians, but plain, honest, and straightforward men. Will our inward power of resistance be strong enough, and our honesty with ourselves remorseless enough, for us to find our way back to simplicity and straightforwardness?” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

The main thing for us it to NOT be ashamed of the gospel and stand, speak and act/think christianly, that is what reality is in Father, it isn’t a label of Hipster, Evangelical or any branding. Strip away the labels of man-made movements please, you can still enjoy those things that won’t destroy your faith core. EQUALLY… those that lived and live the ancient faith only saw (now see) themselves as people who were called out to go into cultures and be life givers. Just so you know, you need Father’s presence in your life to know that the art of living is needed to enjoy great art, great books, a beautiful bride, sleeping babies, music that moves you to dance, the wonder of nature, space, and even the simple thing of silence. Maybe old isn’t bad after all especially when “Ancient” is connected to Faith. I am for living in the ancient faith ways for our day! How about you – tats and all?

 

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