POWER POLITICS ACTS STYLE!
A Different View of Christmas 2011
- Steven, the First Christian Martyr recorded in the Holy Bible
[Saint Stephen (detail) by Giacomo Cavedone]
While not an overlooked passage over the centuries; the Church has generally focused on the lessons of Stephen’s martyrdom as opposed to the actual exhibition which was taking place! Fundamentally; a shift in power and authority! Depicted in these passages is Christ: not as a babe in the manger, not as a crucified visage, but alive as the ascended, glorified One with rightful authority over every area of life! This lesson was not lost on the Jerusalem elders, scribes, and the high priest. For Stephen declared and exhibited a new authority which eclipsed their old paradigm of relgio/political power. Read the entirety of Acts chapter 7 and you will notice that no charge, no accusation of Stephen arouses the leaders until they are shown to be obsolete! What is the corporate crowd reaction to Stephen’s actions? Kill the testimony! Remove that which demonstrates Christ’s authority here! Preserve their old earthly political base and obliterate that which exposes their inherent weaknesses. This pattern is repeated over again throughout history, whether in political contexts, Church life, or personal applications, the Lordship of Christ is ignored, spiritualized, or cast off into a future manifestation. Again; in the perspective of our theme verses; all is essentially tolerated until Stephen declares Christ at the Right hand of God (the epicenter of plenipotentiary rule) basically forcing the hackneyed politicos to cast him out of their plane of authority (Jerusalem) and kill him lest he continue to expose their lack of credibility and authority by virtue of the power of the ascended Lord of Glory! Generally; men will conditionally accept the notion of the incarnation, a babe in a manger; they will even accept a crucified Christ on death’s tree. Both visions are at least tolerated as long as they remain static and that the present tense authority of Jesus Christ remains hidden.
THE CHURCH WORLD
For the Church; the issue of Christ as glorified, Christ’s work as finished, and Christ at the right hand of God in a present tense; has been nearly as controversial as the response of earthly governmental realms. Granted the Church’s reaction has not had the antithetical hostility as depicted in Acts chapter 7; yet through subtlety, subterfuge, and theological denial has nevertheless been just as injurious as outside persecutions to the people of God. While there are whole listings of theological speed-bumps that could be explored; for this article and the sake of brevity I’ll generalize these negative trends to one general area.1) Systemized Unbelief and Denial – Essentially “theological” constructs and cultural traditions that tend to segregate Christ’s rule to yesterday or tomorrow but never accept the same for today. Inherent in these foolish time-wrestling exhibitions are strident displays of “dualism” which confine Christ’s domain to the spiritual or unseen; yet deny the same in the material, demonstrable, measurable world. Whole denominations, seminaries, and cultures are steeped in this deity-denying practical atheism. Any; like Stephen that see the reality of Christ’s present-tense claim are essentially “cast” out of the confines of the comfort religion!
THE GOVERNMENT WORLD
As 2012 is a “Presidential Election” year in America; there will be heated debates between Republicans and Democrats, Conservatives and Liberals, Constitutionalists and Progressives over a myriad of domestic, economic, and foreign policy issues. Yet; most office-holders and those who seek elected office will have their minds focused on their own public-retirement-accounts and personal ego rumblings rooted in the current political context of “power-base”. Any transcendent foundational issues that point the way to the authority of the ascended Christ will be systematically extirpated in favor of what is known. Unfortunately, there will be all too many within the Church World that will ally with, appease, and give succor to these political rationalists.
1) Hence; the earthly political world is at all times about the business of throwing the Stephens out of the seat of power lest they are eclipsed and found wanting. We see this in the Christmas story with Herod’s holocaust against the children in an attempt to maintain power; this anthem is repeated by Pilate and the crucifixion of Christ, and again with the killing of Stephen. That the practical atheists within the Church world are in league with such machinations should come as no surprise for they too are being eclipsed!
THE NEW REALITY!
As this is the season wherein the Incarnation is celebrated; we must remember that Incarnation, Resurrection and Ascension/Glorification are linked and related events. It is a tragedy that the Herod-Pontius Pilate-Obama paradigm understands the consequences of Christmas more than the average priest/pastor. Still: others ignorance is no excuse for the rest of us to live disconnected from Christ at the Right hand of God! The question remains DO YOU SEE CHRIST WHERE HE IS? His position demands comportment of your actions to the reality of his RIGHTFUL and PRESENT tense rule! If you’re waiting for something else you’re in league with those who killed Stephen!
- Christ Enthroned
- (Wikipedia Photo of Painting)
click here to see all of our uplifting newsletters»
Watchwoman on the Wallby Donna Calvin
Shouting from the rooftops, proclaiming warning to a sleeping nation, Donna offers her unique perspective on current events
Some items on Beliefnet may not reflect the views of Doers of the Word Church, Pastor Ernie Sanders, and “What’s Right, What’s Left, the Voice of the Christian Resistance,” all of whom promote this Watchwoman on the Wall blog on their web site < www.WRWL.org> and radio program. The Bible-based, conservative call-in talk radio program can be heard 10 PM-12 midnight, M-F on Salem Christian Radio Network, Cleveland’s powerful 50,000 watt radio station on the dial at 1220 AM & 1440 AM – and over the Internet worldwide at www.WRWL.org. Donna Calvin is a frequent co-host of “What’s Right, What’s Left.” The pro-life, conservative, non-compromising, King James only, Christian program, hosted by Pastor Ernie Sanders, has been airing for over 40 years and has over 6 million listeners.”
- UPDATE – Infamous Castro Trio (photos, jailhouse)
- UPDATE – Cleveland Cops Ignored Neighbors Calls Reports of Evil at Castro’s House of Horrors
- UPDATE: The name of Amanda Berry’s daughter born in captivity
- UPDATE-Pic’s Michelle Knight, Unknown Kidnap Victim held Captive (Info about Mom, Twin Didn’t Know Michelle was kidnapped)
- Michelle Knight, missing for decade but mother says she searched alone
- UPDATE: 3 Brothers Arrested: Pedro 54, Ariel 52, Oneil Castro 50, in Kidnapping of Amanda, Gina, Michelle
- UPDATE: Kidnapped Amanda’s and Gina’s Mothers Always Thought They Were Alive and Together!
- UPDATE – Amanda, Gina, Michelle Found Alive – Miracle in Cleveland – Pics from Metro Hosp bed – More facts
- UPDATE – Ariel Castro (pic) and 2 Brothers Arrested as Berry, Daughter, DeJesus, Knight Found
- Miracle in Cleveland! Kidnapped 10 yrs ago: Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry, and Michelle Knight Found alive: 52 yr-old man arrested
- Bomb suspect influenced by mysterious radical
- 10 illegal baby names
- GOSNELL WHO?! (It Ain’t Easy Being a Babykiller) video
- Video: Leno Tells Obama How To Close Gitmo (LOL)
- Obama calls to congratulate Collins for being a sodomite
- From the Warroom! (My favorite place to be in the morning)
- Muslim Jihad: Beslan massacre, Chechnya, Russia Republic, Hot-bed of Islamic extremism (Warning graphic)
- The 1915 Armenian Genocide – Why Is It Still Denied By Turkey (And The U.S.)?
- Why is the Obama Administration Failing to Stop Jihadists from Attacking and Killing Americans?
- Conspiracy: Takeover of public education by liberalism – 1860 to present
- Woman Faces Prison Sentence for ‘Animal Cruelty’ … After Not Having Enough Money to Fund a Vet Visit for Dog
- Curtis released and charges dropped in Ricin letters
- Arrested! Chicago-area Muslim male teen seeks to join radical Islamic terror group
- Blame Hillary Clinton for Denying Security in Benghazi’s Deadly Attack
- Did Michelle Obama visit Saudi “person of interest” in the hospital? + Event file pic + Radical Mosque info
- Boston Marathon Bombings: FBI Hunts Terror ‘Sleeper Cell’ Linked to Tsarnaev Brothers
- Tamerlan’s ties to “radical Islam” from Boston Mosque to Russian government’s concerns
- Who knows who Abdulrahman Ali Alharbi, Saudi ‘Person of Interest,’ is and is he connected to Boston Bombing?
- Man accused sending ricin letters released from federal custody said US Marshals Service
- Emerging News: Unsolved triple killing two years ago – Ties to Tamerlan Tsarnaev?
- Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s hateful rage behind American dream (follow the money)
- How doctor’s daughter became the Muslim convert widow of suspect Terrorist husband Boston bomber
- Martin Richard, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev & Backpack with Bomb? all caught in same frame (FBI photo)
- ‘Terrorista#1′: Bragging license plate of friends of Tsarnaev
- Dzhokhar Tsarnaev escaped by running over his brother, dragging him under SUV (WARNING-GRAPHIC PHOTO)
- Attorney: Scant evidence in Mississippi ricin case
- BREAKING NEWS – Dzhokhar Tsarnaev taken into custody! – HE’S ALIVE
- Muslim Jihadist Chechen Brothers “allegedly” Boston Marathon Bombers – Shot Police Officers
- CNN reporter: I’m afraid to say bomber suspect is “dark skinned male”
- Is something fishy going on with Saudi “person of interest” – Why is he being deported? – Or is he not?
- BREAKING NEWS – Ricin letter suspect arrested
- 3 Boston Marathon Fatal Victims Named & Pictures
- North Korean reveals cannibalism is common after escaping starving state
- FBI says letter sent to Obama tested positive for poison ricin (3rd terrorist attack in 3 days)
- Another Terrorist Attack! – Ricin sent to US Senator, April 16, 2013 / Obama sent ricin April 17, 2013
- How to Be Saved From Violence! (Boston Marathon Bombing)
- A Prayer for America (Our Greatest Hope)
- Dem Former-Congresswoman to head panel pushing existence of space aliens (Not a joke!)
- DC Introduces First Transgender Character in Mainstream Comics
- Military Warned: Evangelicals, Catholics, Orthodox Jews No. 1 Extremist Threat to America
- ONE WORD ESSAYS – POIGNANT! UNFORGETABLE! TOUCHING THE HEART!
- Two Oregon girls lift 3,000-pound tractor off Dad
- Another Sad Loss: Conservative Margaret Thatcher Dead, Her Accomplishments
- 17 of the Greatest Margaret Thatcher Quotes
- Top 10 Harms of Same-Sex “Marriage”
- Pedophilia Is A Sexual Orientation Under CA Bill
- Annette Funicello, Mouseketeer, a 1950′s Teenage Model and Film Star, Dies
- MSNBC Ad says your kids aren’t yours, they belong to the collective
- Hideous New UN Program Indoctrinates School Children (Common Core)
- Rick Warren’s son, Matthew, dies from suicide
- Rebellion or Revival – Woe or Wow!
- Newt Gingrich Warns: Christianity will be Outlawed
- Avoid Estate Taxes – Fathers Marry Sons, Mothers Marry Daughters
- A House of Horrors in Philadelphia
- Black Genocide Ignored
- What’s Next After Gay Marriage? Animals? Berlin Wall? Effiil Tower? Laundry Baskets? Vacuum cleaners? Trucks? Picnic Tables? Bikes? Roller Coasters?
- America is Worth Fighting For! – Our Republic, our Liberty, our Way of Life, our Constitution
- 10 Biblical Do-It-Yourself Solutions to the Middle East
- Teaching of Math 1950 to the Present
- Intolerant Left-Wing Media
- The Great Pretender (Parody-Video)
- Good News! Groundswell of support for 2nd Amendment
- GOOD GUY LIST-Companies won’t sell to states, municipalities who oppose 2nd Amendment
- Obama administration urges justices to overturn anti-gay marriage law
- Sweet, Tender, Loving, Hillarious! – Kleenex Time – Father Gives Away the Bride (GodTube video)