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!