Amazing how any call to abandon one’s prejudice, self-centeredness, lack of exposure to enlightened ideas and just plain ignorance is now called left-wing! The best thing that can be said when people follow old ideas because they are old, or fallacious ideas because they are theirs is that they must live wiht the results. Maybe they will reconsider or even repent.
'You have eyes--can't you see? You have ears--can't you hear?' Don't you remember anything at all?’ Mark 8.18 NLT.
I have often wondered why people remain inert and insensitive to the illusions in which they live; why they live in a glass ceiling that stunts their being and is invisible to themselves; why denominations live in doctrine that subverts the Kingdom Jesus began; why ignorance of the new covenant is so commonly regarded as the Christian life; why the Christian Industry is so successful in holding itself up to admiration and so many Christian Consumers in spiritual dependency and why much of Christianity is smothered in a counterfeit of itself - the knowledge of good and evil with a Christian bent. Why has the Enemy been so successful in making us think that this kingdom of man is the Kingdom of God?
One reason might be an accomodation to illusions and an unwillingness to embrace new and liberating ideas.
I listened to Michelle Obama’s speech made in response to the misogyny of Donald Trump and his presumptions seeking of the presidency of the United States. Hers was a powerful and moving speech of the kind not given by the glass-half-full brigade. Truth Telling is apolitical. It is always moving to the sensitive and always alive. Declaring the truth takes courage. Truth is the fruit of discernment and is profoundly subversive of vested selfishness and cultural folly.
‘For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart’ Heb 4.12 NIV.
There is a reason for the triviality of the pundits and the impotence of spiritual and secular leadership. It’s lack of vision. Waleed Aly speaks to this issue in the annual Andrew Olie Media Lecture. He writes
“The reason they can think so fast is that they aren't really thinking very much. Rather, they're thinking in "received ideas.” [These are] banal, conventional, common ideas that are received generally. By the time they reach you, these ideas have already been received by everybody else, so reception is never a problem.
Communication is instantaneous because, in a sense, it has not occurred; or it only seems to have taken place…[it] work[s] because everyone can ingest [these non-ideas] immediately …
At the opposite end of the spectrum, thought, by definition, is subversive. It begins by taking apart "received ideas" and then presents the evidence in a demonstration, a logical proof… Making an argument like this takes time, since you have to set out a series of propositions connected by "therefore," "consequently," "that said," "given the fact that…" Such a deployment of thinking thought, of thought in the process of being thought, is intrinsically dependent on time.”
Dependent on time. Also on truth. With an unconditional commitment to truth despite our most long-held and comforting ideas of what truth actually is. Thinking thought and the advance into the new creation is never the province of those who have been immunised against the truth of the fact that their beliefs are an illusion. Immunised to truth and light their ears do not hear and their eyes do not see. But they plod on in an un-gospel that is inherently incapable of producing spirit and life. One can advance rapidly in the ability to be insightful, perceptive and spiritually discerning when one embraces the truth that Jesus alone is life and truth. This can suddenly liberate us entirely from the culture of a lie and transport us into a realm of revelation and light.
Vision comes from the Source of Life and Light. Vision is a person - the light of the world. Imagination, creativity, reform and regeneration is found with Jesus as our life. Vision and sightedness are ours when our commitment to Jesus is commitment to Jesus irrespective of any consequence this may have for ourselves or for others.
We can settle for being a plodder and an inmate of received ideas, but should never expect to be a harbinger of spirit, life and vision if we limit ourselves with the thought, “ I will follow you Lord, as long as I am able to stay within the boundaries of my personal notions or denominational beliefs.’ Here we can expect many hopeful beginnings and multiple serial fade-outs. But never an unending advance into the fullness of Christ.
‘No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse’ Matt 9.16 NIV.
Nothing is as plaintive as the attempt to bolt the Holy Spirit onto the law and old covenant. Nothing is as counter productive as adding a segment of truth onto what is a profound distortion of the gospel of the Kingdom. Nothing is as vane as adding the anointing to the old wineskin of the old covenant and thinking this is not adding a patch to an item that is done for.