Book Quote Mix-up from 24 March 2016

I enjoy sharing some things that I’m reading and sometimes offer-up my own thoughts with them. Yesterday morning, I was reading several books and they all offered-up some interesting insights. I will share them now; this being the first time I have shared quotes from multiple books in one post. Enjoy:

“CITIZENS OF HEAVEN, COLONIZING THE EARTH

“Before we get to that, we look across to another royal image, found in Philippians 3:20-21. Is if very close in theme to I Corinthians 15, quoting in fact at the crucial point from the same psalm (Psalm 8), emphasizing Jesus’s authority over all other powers.
“Philippi was a Roman colony. Augustus had settled his veterans there after the battles of Philippi (42 B.C.) and Actium (31 B.C.). Not all residents of Philippi were Roman citizens, but all knew what citizenship meant. The point of creating colonies was twofold. First, it was aimed at extending Roman influence around the Mediterranean world, creating cells and networks of people loyal to Caesar in the wider culture. Second, it was one way of avoiding the problems of overcrowding in the capital itself. The emperor certainly did not want retired soldiers, with time (and blood) on their hands, hanging around Rome ready to cause trouble. Much better for them to be establishing farms and businesses elsewhere.
“So when Paul says, ‘We are citizens of heaven,’ he doesn’t at all mean that when we’re done with this life we’ll be going off to live in heaven. What he means is that the savior, the Lord, Jesus the King – all of those were of course imperial titles – will come from heaven to earth, to change the present situation and state of his people. The key word here is transform: ‘He will transform our present humble bodies to be like his glorious body.’ Jesus will not declare that present physicality is redundant and can be scrapped. Nor will he simply improve it, perhaps by speeding up its evolutionary cycle. In a great act of power – the same power that accomplished Jesus’s own resurrection, as Paul says in Ephesians 1:19-20 – he will change the present body into the one that corresponds in kind to his own as part of his work of bringing all things into subjection to himself. Philippians 3, though it is primarily speaking of human resurrection, indicates that this will take place within the context of God’s victorious transformation of the whole cosmos.”

~ N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church (New York: HarperOne, 2008), pgs. 100-101

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My thoughts | Overall, we need to see the Bible with more continuity than what many Christians have for some time now. Many Christians read so much discontinuity into the Bible today and we’re losing so much of the message and are the poorer for it. We must also see the meta-narrative of the Bible: God coming down to be our God and making us his people. This is how the Bible opens and closes. We are not brought into the Kingdom of Christ to be taking out of here and escorted into heaven. Indeed, we have been brought into the Kingdom of Christ to advance that Kingdom into this world! As we do such, we anticipate the return of our King to bring his kingdom here permanently. Maranatha!

“The power to honor the truth – to speak it and be it – is at the heart of true masculinity. When a man or woman is stymied in this respect, there is always a crisis in masculinity.”

“Today, I heard from a fine, young psychiatrist, one I know to be effective in his chosen field, for we have worked together in the past. But his position on the staff of a prestigious hospital is in jeopardy. As he wrote in his letter, ‘I just heard the news from my boss that I might not be promoted or asked to stay on because I pray with my private patients!’ “Unorthodox treatment” and other such phrases were tossed willy-nilly at him to justify the reprimand.
“His boss’s mind-set was clearly akin to the one prevailing in Soviet Russia where Christians are given over to mental hospitals for “treatment” of their “disease” – that of being Christian. C.S. Lewis referred to this mind-set in the world of secular healing when he warned a women:
‘Keep clear of psychiatrists unless you know that they are also Christians. Otherwise they start with the assumption that your religion is an illusion and try to “cure” it: and this assumption they make not as professional psychiatrists but as amateur philosophers. Often they have never given the question any serious thought.'”

~ Leanne Payne, Crisis in Masculinity (Grand Rapids: Hamewith Books, 1985, 1995), Kindle locations 393-98 & 398-403

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My thoughts | I really like the first quote. May Christians, including myself and especially men, must go to the Father to find the healing we need to be able to speak and be the truth. The second part I wanted to highlight for two reasons. First, C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors and I wanted to share his thoughts. Second, it is vitally important for us to realize and wake-up to the truth of just how close we are to becoming the next Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia. Many organizations and institutions are, and have been for some time, run with these ideologies. However, this nation as a whole, if we continue to abandon God in lieu of our own pursuits, will be there quickly. Christians, we have to STOP voting for officials that are taking us into that direction while we still have the power to vote. If we do not, we may lose that power quickly, along with much more than just the ballet…

“My new mistress proved to be all she appeared when I first met her at the door, – a woman of the kindest heart and finest feelings. She had never had a slave under her control previously to myself, and prior to her marriage she had been dependent upon her own industry for a living. She was by trade a weaver; and by constant application to her business, she had been in a good degree preserved from the blighting and dehumanizing effects of slavery. I was utterly astonished at her goodness. I scarcely knew how to behave towards her. She was entirely unlike any other white woman I had ever seen. I could not approach her as I was accustomed to approach other white ladies…
“But alas! this kind heart had but a short time to remain such. The fatal poison of irresponsible power was already in her hands, and gradually commenced its infernal work. That cheerful eye, under the influence of slavery, eventually became red with rage; that voice, made all of sweet accord, changed to one of harsh and horrid discord; and that angelic face gave place to that of a demon. Thus is slavery the enemy of both the slave and the slaveholder.” (emphasis mine)

“Very soon after I went to live with Mr. and Mrs. Auld, she very kindly commenced to teach me the A, B, C. After I had learned this, she assisted me in learning to spell words of three or four letters. Just at this point of my progress, Mr. Auld found out what was going on, and at once forbade Mrs. Auld to instruct me further, telling her, among other things, that it was unlawful, as well as unsafe, to teach a salve to read. To use his own words, further, he said, ‘If you give a nigger an inch, he will take an ell. A nigger should know nothing but to obey his master – to do as he is told to do. Learning would spoil the best nigger in the world. Now,’ said he, ‘if you teach that nigger (speaking of myself) how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master. As to himself, it could do no good, but a great deal of harm. It would make him discontented and unhappy.’ These words sank deep into my heart, stirred up sentiments within that lay slumbering, and called into existence an entirely new train of thought. It was a new and special revelation, explaining dark and mysterious things, with which my youthful understanding had struggled, but struggled in vain. I now understand what had been to me a most perplexing difficulty – to wit, the white man’s power to enslave the black man. It was a grand achievement, and I prized it highly. From that moment, I understood the pathway from slavery to freedom.”

~ Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave Written by Himself (New Haven: Yale Nota Bene – Yale University Press, 2001), pgs. 30-32

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My thoughts | With the first part, personally I guess I have never thought about what the experience of American slavery did to the slave owners and their descendants. Indeed, what toll does amy slave owner inherit when taking slaves when it is done outside of the parameters of God’s laws? How do they get pushed further away from the image of God? This is another good example of how things wax worse and worse when we abandon God’s instructions. This thought is certainly not to undermine or lesson the experience of those enslaved. However, it is a good reminder of the total affect of choosing death has on everyone involved in the sinful state. As for the second section, I thought this was vitally important for our country today. Slavery is not gone in America! How many people are “educated” in schools around this nation, and many even in universities, and yet still lack so much knowledge. How is it that we have the internet and access to almost any information we could possibly want, and yet still have so many people that lack knowledge, understanding and wisdom? Why is the collective insight of the populace going down as the access of information rises? The reason for this is that we have companies and a government that wants to give a façade of “education” while still producing slaves. That’s why curriculum is so carefully selected and crafted. They want slaves! If you think this is not the case, just look at one area: Credit. God says that the borrower is SLAVE to the lender. Yet, we have a society built on credit – built on slavery.  We have a society of consumers and not producers. Furthermore, we have a society that do not think for themselves and are dependent upon “the system” (in its many applications); we have a society of slaves. Let us be cautious of the leaders we choose. Let us be cautious of the people we allow to speak into our lives. Let us learn this from a man who was a slave and escaped the life of the plantation! Let us get a hold of truth and read it!! Along the way, let us put others out of bondage to think, reason and learn for themselves.

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