Wednesday, October 07, 2009
The Unholy Trinity
I was listening to a pod-cast today entitled “Picking Scabs” broadcast by the guys over at Rock Canada, “Two Fools on The Road to Emmaus”. These two brothers are like so many who are sorting things out and processing ideas they never before questioned. I love the ongoing conversations they continue to share with anyone wanting to listen.
I want to share some of my thoughts regarding what they were discussing regarding the “system”. This system is also seen in conjunction with what many are calling the institutional and organized entity commonly alluded to as the church. Without worrying about sounding redundant and repetitive, I will once again openly share what I know to be true as I continue to grow in the grace and true knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The title I chose for this entry, The Unholy Trinity, is a composite picture of an alliance that is usually perceived as being some nebulous force out there, somewhere. Where? Not really sure, just way out there, man. I see this trinity as consisting of the “world, the flesh and the devil”. As it says in the scriptures, “The whole world lies under the direct influence of (the evil one) Satan”. In my opinion these three components are in fact one, residing within a nameless and faceless entity within us all, within our flesh in the form of Sin. But Sin is only a concept at best for most of us, and Satan loves this kind of hazy ambivalence (I wrote about this reality in another blog entry, The Invisible Third Strand).
The fellows over at Rock Canada were discussing the same complaint regarding the hurt, pain and devastation that has been wreaked on so many in that they hold the system and its leaders responsible for the anguish that they’ve experienced. But they’re not seeing that the so-called ‘system’ is but an outer description of a far more clandestine and diabolic entity that exists inside the finger pointers as well!
This entity we have tagged as the “system” is within all flesh. Those who point fingers at the leaders within that corrupt system who inflicted so much pain are the same ones who at one time ‘gave a mind to’ those likewise blinded teachers. We may nod our heads in agreement with what the scriptures say about the world, the flesh and the devil: “Our battle (wrestling match) is not with flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” This sounds like something straight out of the pages of one of Frank Peretti’s novels. Sorry, but what Frank shared in those novels is lame in comparison to what is going on largely undetected in our own lives as believers.
As long as anyone of us continues to rail at the leaders within the “system” for our sufferings, the devil, Satan, has won again, laughing his ass off, seeing that we are blind to his presence but yet fixated with our unresolved and misdirected hurt and anger.
There is a finely tuned and honed clarity that some might refer to as discernment that is coming to the surface in my siblings throughout the earth in recognizing wherein our true battle lies, and it’s the exposure of the father of the “system” in their flesh.
Is it remotely possible that out of His great love for us, God has allowed us to exercise our free will choices knowing full well the outcome of untold wreckage and carnage that would result, and that only in our total bankruptcy would we discover to our embarrassment we know nothing of the power of forgiveness beyond a powerless concept?
Borrowing and expanding on the Pogo cartoon, “We have gone out to see the enemy, and discovered that he is in us.” The enemy of our soul cares not what or whom we blame, be it the “system” we call the organized, institutional ‘church’, or the government, or whatever. As long as this detracts our vision from the truth, we remain crippled and blind. Without a vision or a revelation, God’s people are perishing, but he has made a way of escape for us as we choose to turn our hearts toward our Father.