Monday Musings for September 19, 2016
Good morning, Musers... and how are all my fascist friends today!
Well, that's what a questioner from Asia wants to know: What does the Bible say about fascism... and the short answer is, “Nothing! Thanks for asking!” But the "fun" part about this type of question is guessing what drove it — and again, with no qualifying information, I could go anywhere with this. So here's where I went:
When do we call someone a fascist... even in jest? When we feel that they are ruling with a heavy hand. So, under what conditions might people call Christians fascists… because that’s not uncommon. When they feel like we're telling them how to behave. But who does that really? Not most of us… not inordinately anyway.
Our primary tasks as Christians are positive. We pray, study, preach Christ and serve... and although we don't want people to rob banks, we don't spend an inordinate amount of time saying "Don't rob banks!"
Now, we do (and should) spend an appropriate amount of time speaking against sin — but that would be a small percent of our efforts… and that would be no reasonable person’s definition of Fascism. So who's telling these people what to do all the time? How about the Holy Spirit! How about their innate morality! How about their consciences... and how about me accusing them of some good old-fashioned projection!
That's my tack today, but it's also an opportunity to teach about government... what we have to endure and why until the Lord returns. You see, the world has wrong ideas about “freedom.” It can’t be achieved on the world’s terms because it doesn’t exist on the world’s terms.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28–30, NIV)
One only finds freedom by swapping yokes. The problem is that Satan has people fooled into thinking that they do not have to wear one. But we know belter… and so do they really... I mean, after all, it's their own voices that are crying out.
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