The prophet Zechariah says that the LORD of hosts will descend and rescue Jerusalem when all the rest of the world stands against it, when the city is being sacked, and by earthquake he will make a way for the people of Jerusalem to escape while the LORD will fight for them. As Israel passed through walls of water to escape from Egypt, the LORD will rescue them by opening a way through walls of rock.
Christ did not come that way. He came in peace, with the people honouring him. And he deeply offended the Pharisees, who considered this near a riot.
After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’” 32So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. 33As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34They said, “The Lord needs it.” 35Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. 37As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, 38saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!” 39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” 40He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”
I try to keep the scriptural quotes down most days. But today’s lectionary talks about Zechariah’s prophecy of a king. Who rules, not reigns. The kingdom to come is not a democracy, nor a republic, for republics are made by men. It is throne, altar.
The Church is God’s instrument on this earth. It should reflect his nature. As such, it is not a democracy, and its constitution (which varies). The church should reflect the nature of God, and that is hierarchy.
Not equality. We may all be equally bereft of dignity, for we are all fallen short of the glory we are capable of, let alone that of God. But our talents and gifts are different. Our roles are different. We need to discover the dignity of the laity, of being a wife and mother, of being a husband and workman. We must not give into the educational snobbery of the elite, who consider how you are qualified.
I will confess I get a quiet delight when people ask me about my PhD thesis (i.e. “are you in the club?”} and I say I have a Master’s. (I am in the academic club, bu another means). Because the credential is an entry ticket. It is what you do that matters… not what your CV looks like.
For life is not about collecting politically correct merit badges. It is about loving our brothers and sisters, caring for our children, and letting our life bear witness to the truth.
And the truth is offensive. Consider this… from the Cramner.
The news that two foster carers have had the children they lovingly cared for taken away by Rotherham Borough Council because they belong to UKIP raises a question: could conservative evangelicals be banned as foster carers because of their opposition to women bishops?
As was very clear in the exchange in the House of Commons following Tuesday’s sinking of the women bishops’ measure by the General Synod’s House of Laity, the conviction that the pastoral leaders of local churches and of dioceses should be male is utterly despised by the politically correct establishment. UKIP’s opposition to multi-culturalism was cited as the reason why the two foster carers in Rotherham were banned; why should not the opinion of conservative evangelicals about male headship in the family also fall foul of social workers?
Over at the orthosphere there has been a long discussion of how Christians should live, and in particular if they should move to a more conservative nation or state. The tactic of being in a suburb or region where you are majority has been discussed. The alternative is to make a network, not under the radar, but publicly: to imitate the Orthodox Jews and Mennonites. Alte flipped from this to a list which she expanded at her place, but it is very much what the conservative closed Brethren do in NZ (they are very cult like, and their theology approaches or is heretical, but they use the same techniques).
- Use distinctive dress, fairly easy for women in particular to do. Something that says I’m trad, stay away.
- Educate your children in the church and away from state controlled education.
- Frequent only Christian professionals and tradesmen
- Do not send your children to college, unless very conservative. Consider trades.
- Marry your daughters off very young. Like 18-20.
Now, there are risks with either approach. You can be shunned and persecuted regardless of what you do. You will offend. I do not use most of Alte’s techniques — I live in a small university town, and the boys are exposed to liberalism: the suicide of a boy that knocked his girlfriend up when they were 16 or so sobered them up, and they avoid the drug and pick up culture. But they are often asked what is like to live with a conservative, homophobic troll.
Meaning me: and I’m trying to teach what scripture says. Which would deeply offend the brain dead Rotherham social work kultur. I’m offensive: being a Christian puts you beyond the pale in this post modern society.
So let us today offend the world, by living by the agenda of Christ, using words if needed.