Yesterday’s post was a rambling about a not yet formed thought, just an observation I was contemplating. I put a comment in the post that revised my original post.
My new theory goes like this:
Genesis focuses on a couple families
Exodus-Malachi focuses on the nation of Israel
New Testament focuses on the Church
In each of these times, individuals are accountable for their salvation and actions. However, the group they are in can affect them. There were righteous Jews who suffered under Israel’s judgments and there were good family members, like Joseph, who suffered from being in a stupid family. Not all who are of Abraham are of Abraham.
The same is true in the NT. The Church has good people in it, but it’s also living in a time where the wheat grows with the weeds, and the two won’t be sorted until the end. The Church has false teachers and false brethren.
The True Church is known by its adherence to the will of the Father, there is a family likeness. The True Church takes precedence in our lives, to the extent it is more important than family bloodline or a nation.
Unfortunately, most people don’t see this. The Church is something that exists to care for my family and if they don’t care for them the way I want, I’ll leave the church–family is more important. The Church is a tool we use to reform our nation–the nation is more important.
Today it is hip and chic to bash church as an unnecessary, impossible ideal, but perhaps we can redeem it to reform some physical institution. I’ll just sit at home and listen to podcasts and be happy with my spiritual growth by myself.
The Church has lost its luster and, guess what? Just as family and the Nation of Israel deteriorated, so to will the Church. You are living in the downfall of The Church. Make sure to take lots of pictures while convincing yourself it’s everyone else who is causing the problem.
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.