GOD INSPIRED PASSION
Religion may be a corridor to Christ. But religion is not God and if it is, it is an idol. Religion can lead us to obsess over pointless things. We need to keep in mind that God proclaimed everything good. Original Blessing is God’s realm. Not original sin. You came out if the trinity – not out of the Fall. By drawing us fully into Himself and his trinitarian relationship, God draws us into His life, where we belong. Jeff Turner writes,
A PASSION – BUT NOT TOWARDS GOD
“I see Paul’s experience as being much more than just an isolated case, but a microcosm of the human race when it operates out of the knowledge of good and evil. It breeds a passion within us, though not a passion that is towards God. Rather, it creates in us a passion that is against things which we feel would offend Him. In Acts 2:40, the Apostle Peter, speaking to a crowd of devoutly religious Jews, implores them to flee from what he calls an “untoward generation”: …Save yourselves from this untoward generation … ACTS 2:40. Interestingly, the Greek word for “untoward” is the word skolios, which can literally be translated as crooked or twisted, and is the root of our English word scoliosis, a condition in which one’s spine is twisted or crooked.” (1)
It is unfortunate when a twisted righteousness is absorbed as a culture and people use the name of Jesus to justify injustice and folly. Such a culture, even though it has the name of Christ can be imbued with the spirit of anti-Christ.
A PASSION – BUT NOT TOWARDS GOD
Today I received a post in which some spokesman in the United States was calling for prayer for president Trump.* He needs to be prayed for but not for the reasons espoused by that commentator. His burden is that ‘The president us under attack.’ Of course he is. He is reaping what he has sown and what his supporters have sown: Evil.
BLEATING FOOLISHNESS AS WISDOM
I was on a mission trip once. The leaders - immature and selfish people - kept saying that they were ‘under attack’ – inferring that this was the work of the devil to hinder. It may have been but not for the reasons this pair thought. They made themselves vulnerable to spiritual attack by their narcissism. Strife arose from their controlling, carnal and self-centred policies. There’s was a case of you reap what you sow. With Mr Trump it’s a case of sow to the wind and reap a whirl-wind. By all means pray. But pray that American Believers will reject the ant-christ spirit.
‘Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up: a servant who becomes king, a godless fool who gets plenty to eat, a contemptible woman who gets married, and a servant who displaces her mistress’ Prov 30.21-23 NIV.
‘Untoward’ attitudes can belong to the religious – not always to overtly bad people. Crooked righteousness need not be deeply immoral behavior, just an addiction to the bone-headed externalities of religion. In some case ‘christianity’ is outright wickedness. Genuine holiness is Christ come in the flesh – Christ come as you and Christ alive because of us in the Everyday.
Jesus in us is spirit and life, truth and justice. Spirit and life makes us alive and holy. Spirit and life is not some isolated abstraction. It’s simply Christ in us. God in you makes you more human not less.
* A version of Christianity that looks for leadership in a man like the current president of the USA, has nothing to do with Jesus and a lot to do with a false christ that has been constructed to serve vested interests.
(1) Turner, Jeff. Saints in the Arms of a Happy God: Recovering the Image of God and Man (p. 28). Jeff Turner. Kindle Edition.