Surfing on the Edge of Chaos…we are and it’s okay!

I think that the church should be “surfing on the edge of chaos”… otherwise it becomes a building focused group that is more like Zombies. In fact there are actual scriptures that talk about this process.

BUT looking at symptoms is all many thinkers seem to do…there are solutions looking already at the problems and able to take more on. We have to choose holy living or the cheap surrender to our culture/cheap grace (without discipleship) which is more concerned for the budgets/building over people and not speaking out against any tyranny that seeks to take freedom away from people. Jesus releases us to be old testament prophets in the pulpit, bible studies, coffee shops, restaurants…street corners and what Jesus said is true In Matthew 10:32ff “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven. 34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn “‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— 36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ 37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”

Others have found this to be true from Paul to Dietrich Bonhoeffer and others unnamed saints throughout the world today who we will meet in heaven. This is heavy people but we are in heavy times – we need clarity mixed with hospitality and a strong cup of truth.

This is one part of the Barmen Declaration of a 27 part confessional declaration that needs to be read by all and updated to the times we live in, and I quote: “We reject the false doctrine, as though the State, over and beyond it special commission, should and could become the single and totalitarian order of human life, thus fulfilling the Church’s vocation as well.”

WE have allowed the slow slip into edge of totalitarianism. It isn’t just the Catholics that have been attacked it is ALL OF US! It started as soon as our previous generations allowed the State to become the givers of welfare not the church, mercy instead of the church, truth instead of the church… and the list is long. The difficulties we now face is not caused by any single person not even obama’s it is a long list over the last 100 years including our names if we haven’t spoken out before this season.

BUT, repentance (change direction) it isn’t too late, it isn’t 11:59 yet! But it is getting close; I am not willing to have a de facto event take place without my speaking, acting and standing up to be heard. I name will not be on that list that was silent, my name is on the Lambs book of Life, so I will stand! I actually believe and I am disciple of Jesus Christ, I will not be silent to the tyranny of this government that thinks it is higher than the Church the Body of Christ Universal; I repudiate all forms of any government that thinks so, even this one that I am a citizen of. That is why I am against its current reigning leadership no matter the name at the end of the name plate - Democrat or Republican - that seeks to become the single and totalitarian order of human life, thus fulfilling the Church’s calling (vocation) as well!

Standing on His rock never meant there wouldn’t be storms just that it was the first step to heaven sometimes because of those storms BUT we won’t be washed away! Peace and Joy!

occupy reality…

Faith in the clear light of day is always better but even in the darkness faith can glow bright like the stars. There is an ultimate authority, the one altar where we kneel…before which all people will kneel at the Fathers altar. Why do we surrender there… we know that whoever seeks to stand with Father no matter how dark or light will stand being held up by Him. Boldly it is time to have our relationship with Jesus Christ to be like the cantus firmus (“fixed song”) that is expanding and melodically clearly singing with others! Each of us has a part to play, one that can blend with other voices and instruments to sound out the symphony of praise.We are the only element of the world that can sing this way, because of whom we live for and who is directing us.

If we hold true to Father we will not be a discontinuous people in cultures that are being so ravaged by change. The part you play and those you fellowship with need to be united with others all over the globe to sound out the message of hope, life, peace of Jesus’ symphony. There are those who seek to destroy, de-value, darken all light, and dishonor the Bride of Jesus.

It is not ours to destroy, de-value others that hate us… but ours is to tell the truth in love, pray clearly and serve everyone. We must please remember: “that if you board the wrong train it is no use running along the corridor in the opposite direction.” (Bonoeffer)  It was again our German martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer who said, “Salvation is free, but discipleship will cost you your life.” He was troubled by the lack of discipleship in the German church in the 1930s which allowed Hilter to gain power and do his evil, and he blamed it on a flimsy message coming from pulpits, seminaries and Universities. He wrote: “Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ.” (Bonhoeffer)

Today we face a similar issue of people having so many books about discipleship but seeming to not have a clue on how to be one. It is in the execution of an idea that makes an idea real. We are to make disciples not converts and so it is up to us who are disciples to make disciples.

God is bigger than everyone imagines, the standard issuing of religion even that of religious Christianity that keeps Christ holy on Sunday only will not cut it anymore - IT NEVER HAS!! It is not in weakness that Jesus came and ascended to the right hand of Father, but in strength, victory, power, authority so that guilt, fruitless living, existing only for self, hate and evil be replaced by goodness, life, hope, joy, peace in the midst of evil speaking truth clearly and celebrating life as reality. Unless we live it…occupy life with His life in us we as the church today will be religionless like the rest of the religions of our day…lifeless and dead compared to a life giving relationship Father seeks to be and give to us.

“Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer
My mission in life is to give that hand up and be creactive in approaches and tactics in serving others.

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