Lately I have been reminded of a phrase that is repeated often in the Book of Judges, to wit; “In those days there was no King in Israel and everyone did what was right in their own eyes.”
It struck me the other day that this one little phrase explains many of the problems in the Body of Christ in 2010.
from Aaron in Jerusalem
There is no universally recognized central ruling authority in the Body, and as a result, everyone is left to help themselves to what a friend of mine calls “Burger King Christianity” after the American fast food restaurant’s advertising motto that “You can have it your way!”
Do you like being part of a Church community but you don’t like paying tithes?
Okay, so don’t!
Do you think you’re a good person and like calling yourself a “Christian” because you admire Jesus but you also like to smoke marijuana and have sex with your partner who you’re not married to?
So do it!
And who are these judgmental people telling you that you’re doing something wrong anyway? Do they think they’re God or something?
What about pastors who divorce their wives and marry their secretary who they were sleeping with even before they got divorced?
Should they be asked to step down from their position?
What about churches that don’t support Israel but they do a lot ofother “good” things.
Would Jesus condemn this behavior?
The answer is, no He would not condemn.
But He WOULD rebuke, and He WOULD command the sinner to repent and change.
If they did not, eventually they would be condemned by a God who is incapable of sinning Himself, or of tolerating the unrepentant, unredeemed sinner.
Jesus will rebuke us when we sin, and the Holy Spirit will convict us of our sin, not to punish us out of malice but to correct us out of love, for our own good, as a loving father corrects his children for their own benefit.
As “Christians” we have made the Free Will choice to become citizens of the Kingdom of Christ, and that means placing ourselves under His Authority, making Him the King of our lives.
That means we are NOT free to do “whatever is right in our own eyes.”
The Bible is the Word of God. All of it, not just the parts we like. We are not free to treat the Bible like a salad bar, taking the parts we like and ignoring the parts we don’t, or which are inconvenient.
The Bible is many things and one of them is a contract. A written contract, as any lawyer will tell you, cannot be changed at a later date unless both sides agree to the changes.
God does not agree to the changes that allow you to “have it your way.” He wants us to have it HIS WAY, for His glory and for our own benefit.
The Catholic Church has a ‘King” in the form of the Pope, who theoretically derives his Apostolic Authority directly from Jesus. The Pope’s authority then devolves onto Patriarchs, Archbishops, Cardinals, and so on down the line.
While I certainly do not endorse this system, nor do I believe in the basis of it (the Pope being the so called “vicar” or representative of Christ on this earth, imbued with God’s authority and speaking with His voice).
I am forced to say that the alternative system as practiced by what calls itself the Protestant Church also has a lot of problems and I would almost go so far as to say it’s not much better.
I hope it is not too revolutionary for me to say in this forum that it is long past time for the Bible Believing Church to stop acting like a liberal democracy and remember that we are called to be a Kingdom,with Christ on the thrown of our own personal lives and the corporate life of the Church. His Royal commands are spelled out for us in His Word, which does not suffer elasticity of interpretation.
The Bible says what it says. It does not always say what our flesh thinks is “fair” or command practices that our flesh would say promotes “justice” or “equality.”
But as I said, we have all made the Free Will choice to abide by the terms of the Biblical contract, and if we fail to live up to them we cannot complain at the results, in this world and the next.
I will be writing more letters in the coming days outlining specific areas in which the Body of Christ is, in my observation, in desperateneed of a course correction to get us off our fleshly trajectory and back into God’s trajectory, but this is enough for now.
God bless you all!