by John Greene
In the much of the modern world, politics within Christianity has become popular, even a badge of honor and importance, a mark of pride. So it is with the Southern Baptist Convention, who feels that they have been cast a sleight of hand at this years 9/11 ceremony at Washington’s National Cathedral. How? They weren’t invited to play in the latest interfaith service which includes a Hindu, Buddhist and a Muslim. President Obama and the First Lady are expected to attend the ‘Concert of Hope’ at the National Cathedral on the evening of September 11, following with personal remarks that will mark the end of the observance. These professed Christians advertise that because they weren’t invited to participate, that ‘Protestants’ and ‘Evangelical Christians’ are victims of intolerance, magnified by the actions of the president. It seems that many religious organizations are eager to play the part of honoring the dead in the tenth anniversary of the Twin Tower disaster. Envy is the result. (“The Image & Mark of the Beast System“; “Interfaith: Image of the Beast & the False Prophet“; “A Mind of Envy and Competition“)
This ‘Concert for Hope’ is being represented by the Episcopal Church. Since Christians are being represented, there is no need for additional representation in their eyes (nevermind that at least 220 mainstream denominations exist). The director of communications claims that the Washington National Cathedral is the ‘spiritual home for the nation.’ “Diversity was first and foremost” when designing the service claims the representative of the cathedral. Not to be outdone, the president of the Family Research Council announced that the memorial service was better suited for the United Nations. Wisely, the White House is not answering the charge of controversy. To them, they are simply honoring an invitation through an official religious mouthpiece, a place of honor. Other Christian leaders are feeling distinctly left out in a professed age of diversity and unity, as they clamor for their place in the spotlight. (Jeremiah 17:9; Isaiah 14:12-14; Matthew 4:7; “Messiah & the Tool of Envy“; “Christianity: A Crisis in Prayer & Spirit“; “Strongholds & the Armor of YHWH“; “The Politics of Pride“; “The Kingdom of YHWH and the Drive for Self-Importance“)
Political dissidents are not in short supply this season. “They attacked the freedom that defines our city and country, the freedom to think and speak and worship and love as we wish.” The local service in New York City won’t be religious, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The mayor says the event will not include clergy, but will focus on the families of 9/11 victims. Critics say that a ‘clergy ban’ shows a prejudice against religion.
One group pledges non-compliance and invites you to join them in their fight for freedom, “a global massive strike” of “equal and independent people of all nations that seek to starve the beast.” They refuse to serve “a tiny psychopathic minority” at their “United We Strike Marathon.” (“Independence Day: My Concerns for America“; “Millenniums of Human Exploitation“; “Video: What is Idolatry?“; “The Lie Changes Everything“)
Which is it?
“I call upon you, therefore, brothers, through the compassion of Elohim, to present your bodies a living offering – set-apart, well-pleasing to Elohim – your reasonable worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you prove what is that good and well-pleasing and perfect desire of Elohim. For I say, through the favor which has been given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he should think, but to think soberly, as Elohim has given to each a measure of belief.
For as we have many members in one body, but all members do not have the same function, so we, the many, are one body in Messiah, and members each one of one another. Now having different gifts, according to the favour which was given to us, let us use them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of belief; if serving, in the serving; or he who is teaching, in the teaching; or he who encourages, in the encouragement; or he who is sharing, in sincerity; he who is leading, in diligence; he who shows compassion, joyously.” – Romans 12:1-8, ISR98
The apostle then proceeds to express how disciples need to conduct themselves. (Romans 12:9-21; John 5:19, 7:24) Clearly, Romans refers to a singular first century body of Messiah that actively seeks to do the Will of the Heavenly Father, following the Way of the Master and operating in the Power of the Holy Spirit [Sanctified, Set Apart Spirit]. (Ephesians 4:1-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:15; Galatians 5:20-21; Titus 3:2; 2 Timothy 3:2-4) We don’t often see this in evidence today, especially in ‘mainstream religion,’ and as a result many doubt. (Luke 24:49; John 12:37, 20:22; Revelation 2:24; “The Second Coming: Getting Ready“; “The Wheels of Ezekiel“)
Instead, professed Christians rise up and jockey for advantage and position, claiming to represent parts of a nation that doesn’t truly express a love for the Father. They don’t even mention His Name. The Messiah didn’t come to save worldly nations (despite the copious use of the word ‘nations’ in Bible translation), but people. To believe in the prevalence of worldly nations takes the Bible out of context. Yahshua [Jesus] the Master saw people as members of mankind fighting a spiritual battle rather than citizens of worldly nations. (Psalm 6:4; Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 22:31-32, 23:36-37; Acts 19:13-16) The dark kingdom could be likened to the pride of the Titanic. Man often sees his purpose as unsinkable, his means as the tool through which everything will be fulfilled. Disciples know that this dark kingdom is in throes of death, (John 10:10) with the Arrival of the Messiah in the wings. (Romans 8; Matthew 24) Most professed Christians don’t show that they really believe it. (Ephesians 5:11; 1 John 2:15-17; Colossians 4:5-6) After all, many reason, the same things have been going on since the sacrifice of the Messiah. History shows the pain of mankind. YHWH’s Kingdom is the answer. The truth is right in front of you. (“Dwelling in YHWH’s Land“; “The Secret Weapons of Christians“; “A Branch of the Vine through Trust“; “Wisdom & the Battle of Two Kingdoms“)