Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Biblical Archetypes in the Mainstream Addendum

Felt like adding a note from the last post to clear up something I'd thought a reader might consider. I'd mentioned that this ISIS Islamic terrorist group was "powerful." Yes yes, I know, it really isn't that powerful. It really is just a punky mealy-mouthed band of ruffians who are -- at least by the accounts we hear -- reasonably organized and full of devoted followers -- but really no different from any of the other dozen prominent Islamicist groups doing things like marauding about in favor of Sharia law somewhere.

The fact is, they are powerful simply because the World System makes them such. How often do you behold the media shouting "Lions and tigers and bears oh my!!!" any time they mention them? How often do you hear accounts designed to raise your rage levels when thinking about them? I'm not saying they aren't doing rotten things somewhere somehow. But they sure get a lot of traction screeching through Americanists' psyches from people who work very hard to make it that way. And it isn't just a few media outlets spewing icky things.

It is an elaborately constructed, tightly managed System operating for millennia doing precisely what it is supposed to do.

Thing is, the biblical metaphor is exactly the same. Herod and his family for whom John's head was presented was there only because Caesar said he could be. Herod had no power except to the extent Caesar said he did.

Same with ISIS. They have power, but only because today's Caesar says so.

Makes for a grand show, really.

Of course people die, and people cower.

That's kind of the point.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Biblical Archetypes in the Mainstream

A couple things I thought about looking at current events these days.

One, this "ALS Challenge" thing that's sweeping the country. People are being doused with ice water like the winning football coaches, only this is for the cause of finding a cure for ALS. The thing I thought about was, hmm, seems like a baptism to me.

Getting baptized is what one does after declaring his/her belief on Christ. It is public demonstration of that commitment, much like a wedding is for a man and woman who wish to be married.

I was interested in just how explosive this is promotion is. What does it mean? What does it mean for people doing it, issuing the challenges? One of my questions is, if ALS is so bad and it can be addressed with some ample funding, why not just do that? Why not just fund it? Why the showy displays of concern about it?

Two, a kidnapped journalist was beheaded in a video-taped act of terrorism, and this barbarism has received the greatest amount of denunciation by just about everyone. Then I came across the story of John the Baptist's death.

He was beheaded by powerful people, just like this Islamic militant rebel group. He was beheaded to please certain individuals who were upset that they were being criticized regarding their behavior.

And after he was told about John's beheading, do you know what Jesus said? He said, "Come away and rest for a while." Jesus wanted peace and quiet, maybe to grieve, but maybe also to just not be anywhere near the maelstrom of World System machinations.

Thing is, people still swarmed around him. He then fed them with the fishes and loaves. They were filled, and when hungry again, they came back for more. This time He asked, "Do you not understand?"

Wow.

Do you not understand?

Do you not understand what's really going on with the media sensations seared into our psyches?

Furthermore, do you not understand what Christ is really about?

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Ten Year Anniversary Note

Tomorrow it will be ten years to the day that I opened my webzine The Catholicist Nation. It is a somewhat bittersweet note to make here, and I am making it today instead of tomorrow because I have a full day of worship and family activities in store. Still, the completion of this day makes it a full ten years of webzine ministry.

The bittersweet part about all this is that even much earlier in that ten year time period I'd thought there'd be far more people in the mix of engaging conversation and vibrant interaction about it, and perhaps even committed action on the principles elucidated there. Alas, I haven't seen it. There are a few who see it, read it, send me a note about it. But not many. I'd like to think much of it is because I just haven't taken the time to put together a more comprehensive and expansive web design and marketing program. Most of that is just that I don't have the time or money to do that.

I do believe most of it is simply that people just don't get it. No worries. Jesus said a lot that people won't get it. This is always disappointing, but a fact of life. "What?" the thinking goes, "The Catholic Church through its military branch is responsible for much of the wretchedness happening all around us?" "What? The most horrific human sacrifice still happens today as a matter of regular practice?" "What? Tax, tithe, and interest payments are merely declarations of one's spiritual allegiance?"

Thing is, people don't even get that far. That they'd even grasp the question in any form is great progress. As I've mentioned before, when Catholicist Nation truths are shared they hear "Mibble smaggit crundle pippy snats." In fact, I've come to see it as worse. It is like this, only with lots of gross things and swear words in it that make people just want to get away from it.

Just a testament to the brilliant work of that military branch.

The times I've shared these things with others directly, in physical proximity, with actual voiced conversation -- that is, not through social media or anything like that -- just talking with people very graciously face-to-face, I've almost always gotten one of three responses, just about every single time. Deer-in-the-headlights, what's-that-got-to-do-with-the-price-of-bread, or get-outta-here-you-crazy-person-you. The ugliest of these kinds of responses have come from the dozen or so well-established pastors I've spoken with. Ministering in 501c3's and being heavily on the payroll, it is no wonder.

Yes, it is exasperating, it is discouraging, but I'm always prayerfully in Scripture, so I know Christ is always holding me up. Hey, another thing He said was that if you like Him, they're going to hate you. Wow. It is quite eye-opening -- indeed a major feature of my webzine work -- the truth that so many of those people are such wholesome church-going people.

So after ten years, I'd like to think that I've served God well. I pray over my webzine all the time, to the extent that it only reflects the truths and graces that God would like shared. That's it, really. If I'm not doing that, then what's the point. Again, I'd like to think I've been a Kingdom Bringer. Really, that's it.

I just want to be a Kingdom Bringer.

Whatever the case, through the years I've put a number of features into the webzine, and I've remained steadfast to add at least something of a home page note about something once every two months. I'd like to continue that consistency, and I do keep praying that through my web work I may interact with many more who see the things I see. I have always considered this somewhat of a selfish prayer, to be honest, just that I'd like to have fellowship with other Kingdom Bringers. But in some ways it isn't. After all, as do so many other followers of Christ, I just want to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth, and He has always encouraged that.

If you want to see what I've thought about Kingdom Bringing, please look into it with me. As always, if you're reading this right now, I'd love for you to join me in the conversation. Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear about it. I'm on the path walking with Christ too. My webzine, again, is here, and my email is here. Even though you can't put comments on here because Blogger won't allow it for some insane reason which I just don't know enough about in order to fix it, let me know what you're thinking by email. (Of if you know about some of this technical stuff let me know! I am eager for the fine web design and web marketing contribution from someone who does get it and does have an authentic passion for the things of Christ.)

As it is, here's to the tenth anniversary of The Catholicist Nation, with the simple declaration that I will still contribute to it with enthusiasm and commitment to, yes, ahem,

The Kingdom being brought.
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(If for some reason you can't get to my email from this blog post, simply get it at the webzine. It's there.)