Who are the barbarians?

The world has correctly judged ISIS and their ilk as evil.  And rightly so,  for they are stunted barbarians, semi-humans, devoid of love, mercy, pity or anything that is good.  And they serve their father, Satan, well.

But they do have one thing that we do not – honesty.  They are honest in their barbarism, clear in their embrace of evil and contempt of God and anything that is good, noble and honourable.

They have slain their tens of thousands.  But we have slain our millions.  And what we have done, and are doing is far, far worse.  They slay their enemies.  We slay our own children, sacrificed on the altar of ‘choice’.  They celebrate their killings.  We lie, dissemble and cover with weasel-words the utter barbarism of our misdeeds.

We think we are civilised.  We are not, we are savages hiding from the truth, lying to the world and to ourselves.  Future generations will look upon us with horror and revulsion.

Abortion‘Involuntary’ Euthanasia. A society that strips children of their childhood, removes father and mother to feed our desires, even changes ancient language to better fit our modern wickedness.  As they say – this cannot end well.

How can God not judge us?   How could we even want to escape it if we ever open our eyes to the enormity of our crimes.

Sometimes I think we want judgment – the end of the world is so prevalent in our fictions.  Maybe, somewhere in our subconscious, we know what we deserve and what we’re heading to.

We call Good, Evil and Evil, Good.  Where have we heard that before?

From Mark Mallet’s blog:

Death is now the solution to modern man’s problems: if an unexpected pregnancy comes, abort it; if someone is terminally ill, kill them; too old, help them commit suicide; and if your neighbouring country is deemed a threat, a “pre-emptive strike” is in order; if your “national interests” are at stake, send in the drones. Death is a one-size-fits-all.

As it says in James 1 v14:

 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

As a culture, our sin is so far advanced, that is has given birth to death, a death we readily embrace, accept, seek after, and call good.  Can we really be so blind, so deceived?

When then can we do?

More to follow….

 

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Tsunami, revisited

There was a word I received a decade ago, it went like this:

Tsunami
19th March 2005

Is 51 v1-6
Ps 37
Lk 6 v46-49

I saw a wave in the distance. It looks benign, insignificant right now.

I was made aware that the old house – the house of God as it is currently – cannot withstand what is coming.

What is coming? A tsunami, a storm.

What storm? A storm both of persecution and of revival. And we are ready for neither.

We have to be ready, for it is coming. The old structure will not stand. We cannot run for we are called to stand, but we are called to build the house anew. A stronger, deeper house, built on the Rock of Ages.

I thought of this again when reading this article , only for Canada I would substitute The World, and for anti-life, anti-Christ.

I’m hoping to have more to say on this shortly.

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The gospel’s heart – beyond the rim of our world.

I think all Christians would agree with me if I said that though Christianity seems at first to be all about morality, all about duties and rules and guilt and virtue, yet it leads you on, out of all that, into something beyond. One has a glimpse of a country where they do not talk of those things, except perhaps as a joke. Every one there is filled full of what we should call goodness as a mirror is filled with light. But they do not call it goodness. They do not call it anything. They are not thinking of it. They are too busy looking at source from which it comes. But this is near the stage where the road passes over the rim of our world. No one’s eyes can see very far beyond that: lots of people’s eyes can see further than mine.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, Book III, Chapter 12 (H/T KH)

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The Kairos Moment

A few months ago I had a dream that seems to summarise so much of what we in the Anglican world have been involved in for the last decade.  In the dream, I was at a church service – traditionally Anglican I guess.  All the trappings, the form and structure of the service was all so ‘normal’.

But I became aware that this service was to celebrate the un-marrying, the divorcing, of a couple.  All there seemed so happy, everything was as you might hope for in a church service, but the heart was inverted and dark.  Try as we might, we couldn’t get the folks there to see what was wrong.  The couple seemed oblivious, they just knew they were so ‘happy’ to get un-joined.  I confronted the minister after the service with what he was doing – he responded “how dare you”, to which I replied “how dare you“. How dare you celebrate a traversity of a Christian service, and call it pleasing to God?

The thing is, we know the sentence on the world – it hates God and anybody identifying with Him.  It will continue acting in character, and various forms of wickedness is all it can produce.  But when God’s Bride, His Church, joins in, and under His banner, celebrates that which is wicked – that is really too much to bear.  Jesus will spit such a ‘church’ out of His mouth.  And He has done – with the institution of the Anglican Church of Canada, The Episcopal Church, and any other Church that forsakes Him and celebrates things He hates.

Ten years on from the vision of the dead tree, we have a new Anglican Communion that is blooming.  This has been a Kairos moment, a time of deciding, of turning, either to the left or right – to death or to life.

 

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Ice Beans

This is how we grow beans in Calgary.

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Sigh….

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The banquet

I’ve not posted here for quite some time, I know, but there’s just a thought / picture I had back in January that I’d like to share.

This is regarding Service.  Mark 10 v43-44 may be familiar to you: “whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.  To serve, and become ‘the least of these’, is a familiar concept to Christians.  Of course, it is easier to accept this with your mind than get your heart to follow.  The latter seems to take a lifetime of schooling, and even then, our own needs and selfishness seems to get in the way far too often.

Which brings me to the picture.  How would you feel if, at the heavenly banquet, you found that your place was to serve the other guests?  Don’t worry about the theology of that, the question is how would you feel?  The answer may tell you something about the state of your own heart.  Would you be willing, eager to serve?  Or would you feel resentful, ashamed maybe a little angry?  That perhaps you had somehow not received what you were ‘owed’? Or maybe you would feel some combination of all of the above.

Would serving at the Banquet for you be a place of honour, or dishonour?

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Jacaranda Tree

This post is going to be about Anglican matters, and what I see as at least the partial fulfillment of a prophecy given 9 years ago.

Back in June 2004, I received this word:

Ichabod

I saw a mid sized tree (or possibly a large bush) with only bare brown branches. The tree was dead, and represented to me the apostate church.  Springing from the same ground, a little to one side, was a strong shoot, green and sprouting.  This represented the new church that is being brought forth to life.  I saw the potential that this shoot had, to become a strong vibrant tree, full of flowers and fruit.

This acted as a reinforcement of my current feeling that God is dividing the Church – not just letting it be divided, but actively making it happen, indeed using those with a liberal agenda to His purposes.  The dead tree is ‘ichabod’ – the Glory has departed.  The structure is still there, and indeed may take some time to decay, but the Glory is there no more.  I am left with the impression that investing any more time in this structure is futile, a waste of time.  Rather, we should be considering the growth of what God is raising up.  It has a real potential, but it’s still potential now, we need to be obedient in being grown

Now, much has happened since that original word, and one key thing has been the growth of the new Anglican Church worldwide – not apart from the Anglican Communion, but very much central to it; renewal from within.  The old structures are there, but they are increasingly dead, decaying and surviving by consuming themselves.

The future of this Communion can be found in such places as GAFCON.  And it was in relation to the second GAFCON conference held in Nairobi recently that I saw this fulfillment.

BabyBlue had this post up, talking about the Jacaranda Tree.

Jacaranda Tree

GAFCON 2013 is now over and the participants are preparing to return home.  I am listening to Josh Garrels, who wrote Jacaranda Tree.  I had posted online an amazing photo of a Jacaranda Tree taken by Andrew Gross in Nairobi this week during the GAFCON gathering.  The photo had remained in my mind throughout the week and it just seemed to reflect the best of this historic gathering Kenya – the best of it.  We are all branches of a beautiful tree, seeking to bloom – and sometimes in the most unexpected places.

We are indeed seeking to bloom, and will do, as much as God blesses us to do so.  Though, I still believe that to produce the fruit that the Lord calls us to, we will have to be brought, repeatedly, to our knees in repentance and prayer.  That’s the key to revival.  There is nothing we can do, except humble ourselves, and beseech the Lord to have mercy on us.  Then perhaps, perhaps, He will give us the best of gifts – Himself.  Everything else flows from that.

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