Can’t We All Just Get Along?

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See, I send you out as sheep among wolves. Be then as wise as snakes, and as gentle as doves. Matt 10:16 (BBE)

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The short answer is no. The longer answer is tolerating evil is sin and is condemned byscripture. Perhaps it is time for the church to take a stand and stop being so wishy-washy in their dealings with evil. For too long the church has been taking a passive roll in the world and we can see the results of this passiveness. Far too many Christians, I believe, have handed over their God ordained role as care taker of the world (take dominion over) to Satan just like Adam did in the garden.

He said, “The time has come, and the kingdom of God is near. Change the way you think and act, and believe the Good News.” Mark 1:15

Jesus calls people to repent: to change their way of thinking about the Kingdom of God as being some far off place. What Jesus was trying to impart was the truth that wherever God’s people reside, that is where the kingdom of God now is. We are to be the salt and light of the world. If we loose our focus, if we neglect our duties, then by default we allow the Evil one to take command and dominion over that which we were called to watch over.

Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it …Gen 1:28 (NKJV)

It was Adam’s failure to subdue the serpent which enticed Eve and eventually caused him to sin against God. His first sin was failing to take charge over his environment. He was not diligent in ridding the garden of the influence of the serpent. Adam permitted the serpent to operate in the realm of his authority which eventually was stripped from him. Adam and Eve where removed from the realm of Godly influence and forced into a world absent the authority of God. They had to now live without the protective hand of God. The whole world became the devil’s playground and all future generations would have to deal with the residual effects of Adam’s poor stewardship. His failure to subdue the earth forced him to become a sub-servant to the earth.

By the sweat of your brow, you will produce food to eat until you return to the ground, because you were taken from it. You are dust, and you will return to dust.” Gen 3:19 (GW)

If the kingdom is at hand, we need to adjust our way of life and join in the joyful, painful mission of reconciliation of the world back to God right now, ASAP!”That after all is the great commission. That is the work we are called to engage in. We are being given the authority from God once again to subdue the earth, to till the garden, to watch over and take responsibility for that which God has entrusted into your care. Our families and our communities. The Corinthians had a propensity to try and get along with every one. They didn’t like making waves; they wanted everybody to have their own version of Jesus and retain their autonomy too. In other words, Paul accuses the Corinthians of being theologically spineless:

You’re wise, so you’ll gladly put up with fools. When someone makes you slaves, consumes your wealth, seizes your property, orders you around, or slaps your faces, you put up with it. 2 Corinthians 11:19-20

Unfortunately, much of modern evangelicals has become like the Corinthians: unwilling to rock the boat of political-correctness so that everyone can find a seat in the all-inclusive, ecumenical ship of fools. The kingdom of God today is an upheaval of the social, political, cultural, and economic realities, just as it was in the first century. God’s ways are 180 degrees out of phase with the world’s. God’s “dominion principles” are the true “reality;” our pathetic attempts at kingdom-building is the problem. Jesus’ announcement of the kingdom of God wasn’t the first-century equivalent of a “peace revolution” or a “why can’t we all just get along” philosophy or ecumenical “God is love” movement. Jesus taught absolutes, and God’s ways and laws was the absolute authority. It was in this authority he wanted his disciples to walk in and to teach to everyone everywhere.

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 16:15-18 (NKJV)

Jesus makes it very clear that those who refuse to accept God’s way will be condemned, put under a curse, will not prosper in the end. Therefore it does not make any sense to want to get along with those who are perishing. God has given his disciples the power to cast out demons and speak a new language. We have been given the authority to make well those who are sick. To change the very nature of evil. That is if we are under God’s authority and not acting on our own. Failure to carry out our God given duty empowers our enemies to carry out theirs. Failure to teach Godly principles opens the door for the teaching of worldly principles. Why should we acquiesce to the lessor when we are children of the greater?

“Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 (GW)

In other words God’s ways are the best ways. Anything else pales by comparison. Allowing secular leaders to become our masters, and teachers, and leaders makes us slaves to their teachings, beliefs and ways. They, by nature, are not able to teach rightly nor lead properly because they are devoid of God’s influence and they have cast off his standards.

It is impossible to do what God’s standards demand because of the weakness our human nature has. But God sent his Son to have a human nature as sinners have and to pay for sin. That way God condemned sin in our corrupt nature. Therefore, we, who do not live by our corrupt nature but by our spiritual nature, are able to meet God’s standards. Those who live by the corrupt nature have the corrupt nature’s attitude. But those who live by the spiritual nature have the spiritual nature’s attitude. The corrupt nature’s attitude leads to death. But the spiritual nature’s attitude leads to life and peace. This is so because the corrupt nature has a hostile attitude toward God. It refuses to place itself under the authority of God’s standards because it can’t. Those who are under the control of the corrupt nature can’t please God. Romans 8:3-8 (GW)

In conclusion then, no we can not all just get along, because to get along with the world’s way of doing things would necessitate abandoning God’s way of doing things.

But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31Open Link in New Window (BBE)

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