by Shawn S. Grandstaff
Writer, Dandelion Salad
October 9, 2018
This is me on my soap box to people who want to Christianize government. I’m all about calling down the darkness and rolling over it with the kingdom of God. How did Christ defeat the kingdoms of this world? It’s very powerful and deep when you understand it. He built his kingdom by laying his life down for us instead of taking it up. He was showing us what his kingdom looks like and how it’s different than this world. It was upside down to them but in the Book of Acts the church was starting to turn it right side up. That doesn’t mean we’re sitting idly by just letting the world walk on us. What I believe it means we take a stand for life calling out that which is taking it. Showing people our love for what’s created in God’s image and likeness. We will win their souls in the process.
The church has been quick to go after Democrats about their welfare system, and trust me I can’t stand either party, but the Republican “Christian” side never had much of an answer to fix it. So that made the church look like they didn’t care much only hurting its witness. What if the church REALLY got FREE no longer caught up in the materialism of this world and started to give their all to this (the gospel Acts 2). Impact communities around the country showing we value life more than the economical system does. This world system doesn’t value people much and people have taken on its values as their own. The church’s values shouldn’t reflect that.
Then maybe we’ll win people and they’ll see we have something that’s different than the rest. “Why are these people so free and good to us?” No strings attached just being moved with compassion like Christ was. We could seriously transform things and touch people’s hearts all at the same time showing them we are actually doing what Jesus taught. We would have a voice people would listen to and prophetic witness calling down that which is exploiting life. Fighting for people, not fighting to lord over them. Or we could just take over the political arena, put law down on people demanding them to change or not while never dealing with our hypocrisy for claiming to call him Lord but not doing what he taught. We may as well just take up arms and kill the heathen if we’re not living like Christ showed us.
from the archives:
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Eric Holt-Giménez: Do Foodies Need to Know About Capitalism?
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Chris Hedges: Home Grown Hatred–Anger and Alienation in the US (2009)
The Early Christian Communists by Roman A. Montero
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Thanks for sharing that. The message and life they were living was definitely a threat to the Empire.
In the 200 years of the early Church, as it was written in the Acts of the Apostles:
And like a confirmed password Acts 4:32 confirms,
Naturally, the rich land and slave owners saw the spread of those ideas as a threat to their privileged positions and power, and threw them to the lions, burned them as lamp posts, and other horrific ways to die for the Faith.
Thank you, Ray.