Archive for July, 2011
A great interview from PBS that covers the common objections to the man, why his solutions are more efficient and effective than those proposed by government and what a Ron Paul presidency might look like.
For me, this again comes back to the tale of Barabbas and Jesus.
Barabbas was a brave man and zealot of Roman-occupied Jerusalem. A caring man and a patriot he dealt with a daily menace of pain, corruption, thievery and much worse at the hands of the Roman occupiers who reigned over Jerusalem.
We too have modern “Romans” all around us; a mixed bag of mega-corporations, control-freak politicians, “the illuminati,” the vatican and a multitude of others. They have wronged and sinned and abused us for a very long time—thanks to the internet more people are aware of their crimes now than in any time in history.
The group(s) that can steer these “aware” people will have their hands upon the controls of a massively powerful weapon with the dangerous cloak of self-righteousness draped around its hulking shoulders. As history has shown, many of the worst atrocities have been carried out with the best intentions…
While most people today associate “enlightenment” with buddhism, new age ramblings or meditation; the words of Christ still ring with more clarity, peace and wisdom than I have heard from any other source: “love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you!”
His eyes saw a different world; his mind didn’t react like the mind of men, his heart didn’t beat with the violent passion of ours—he surpassed all of that…
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
“Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
With these thoughts in mind, I don’t know what action I can now take and I don’t know what action you should take; all I know is that there is a perfect Creator, the most powerful channel I’ve yet found to the source is Jesus Christ, and no matter how bad things might seem in the short-term, God is playing chess and everything is being worked steadily and precisely to The Good and like iron being forged into steel burned by fire for our perfecting.
So if your heart still beats with righteous indignation and anger, hungers for offensive action to “take ‘them’ down” by any means necessary, and you think the time for forgiveness has passed then fare thee well, perhaps our paths will cross again someday.
I don’t pretend to know The Will of God, or what the right action to take is; but starting off your movement with “We do not forget, we do not forgive” is a very dangerous thing indeed.
Their latest video…
There is a great and terrible kingdom being brought to the ground while the next age of our humanity is coming into focus. What will it be like? How can we remain harmonious with the will of God in bringing it to fruition?
Obviously there have been a lot less posts on here lately, frankly I’ve been at a lack of words while trying to find what it is that I want to say.
I used to find anything intriguing or inspiring and make that an article but now I find myself torn between angles, philosophies and spiritual ideals…
I’ve been thinking long and hard about what Jesus was meaning when he said he had a much different way than what the religious/political zealots offered through political action.
In my limited understanding, Jesus proposed and offered this “different way” that could create the Kingdom of Heaven here on Earth. In part, this different way was a working of peace in our hearts and minds that transcended the hatred, fear and angst the political landscape of his time was causing. A different way that involved forgiving our enemies, coming to peace with them, and even loving them and wishing them well—a very difficult task!
The strongman Barrabas continues to play in my mind as the passionate patriot striving to better the world with his good intentions but remaining far away from the true kingdom: love and self-sacrifice.
How do we effect change while remaining within the good Graces of God? Is this too high of a goal? Let’s dare to dream it is not.
As I continue my journey into the strange world of admiralty law and common law I am forced to deal with situations far beyond my comprehension. The below video is a major example of my dilemma. I can’t see how they are fakes—and they bring up major debates on how our court system operates and the possible abuses taking place.
I’m going to say just briefly here, that Jesus and Barabbas can be seen as two very different types of “Christians” to be revealed in the end of the age; those, who in the midst of great persecution and tribulation will demonstrate the love of the Father through the wisdom of the Cross (the laid down life of Jesus Christ), and those who will rise up as Barabbases – even as “Christian” militant zealots of the day who will think that their ungodly actions and behavior are justified in their fight against a distinctly antichrist system of government.
Even now, by the Spirit, we can see a polarization of these two very different types of people; those “Christians” who are heavily “churched” and who have much zeal and religious ambition but who bear not much fruit of the Spirit in their lives, and those who are really taking up their crosses, so much so that they are coming to a place where they love people with the whole of their hearts, and that, even to the extent that they will lay down their very lives for others when it is the lead of the Holy Spirit to do so.
Beloved, even now we are seeing many people who claim to be “Christian” but who, by their words and actions, show more of Barabbas than they do of Jesus. With their mouths these say “Give us Jesus!” but with their hearts they clearly express, “Give us Barabbas! We choose Barabbas!!”
I’ve seen some pretty awful things done and said in the name of Jesus Christ before, but even those things, I’m afraid, are nothing when compared to what is coming. It was the spirit of religion at work in unsanctified hearts that crucified our Lord Jesus Christ, and I imagine that it will be the very same spirit at work in men that will crucify us also (in whatever form that might come).
Beloved, look to the left of Barabbas in the picture below, and there you will see a very small figure with the glory of God upon Him. He is demonstrating there the wisdom of the Cross to rulers and authorities in heavenly places, which is our destiny too, beloveds, IF we will just walk this thing out in the very footsteps of the Lord Jesus Christ. — D