It’s not easy surfing the channels on Sunday morning without being painfully aware of how victimized the saints have become where discerning the difference between anointing and theatrics is concerned.
That said, this Sunday I am reminded once again of something else, but very much related, even from the beginning – Diotrephes comes to mind.
It has to do with entitlement. Our whole nation, and increasingly the world as taught by the U.S. is drowning in a sea of entitlement. Entitlement is sort of the opposite, of “he that doesn’t work, neither shall he eat.”
It was intended that, “…from before the foundation of the world that through the church, the world might be taught the manifold wisdom of God.” It seems that this too became an occasion of stumbling, as what’s been calling itself “church” seems to have taught the world something else altogether – entitlement. What has been passing for “Christian leadership” has been operating out of entitlement for millennia by now, and we see this reflected in government, just about any government, but for now, the U.S. Government serves well enough as an example.
The U.S. Congress in particular, is the very embodiment of entitlement as it continues to abide in and pass laws that do not apply to itself. It is above it’s own legislation, much like what has been passing for leadership in what’s been calling itself “church.” Ezekiel 34 has much to say about this.
Perhaps enough said for one Sunday morning.
By Jay Ferris, originally posted Dec. 18, 2011