We are standing on the same grounds in the commons of the same temple this very moment. It is now as it was then! People who would tell you that Political Correctness is something new, don’t know what they are talking about. The commoners lived as sheep under the harsh control and established order of Sanhedrin justice and Roman rule in the days of Herod. I would argue that we are every bit as controlled, pacified and docile now as we were then. Travel back there with me now…See the common man quietly going about his business, mindful of his “seen-and-not-heard, do’s & don’t” boundaries. The difference lies in the many ways we can be of value to the State today, compared to the time when we were mostly farmers and tradesmen. Industrial and technological innovation has provided us more ways to create value, but it has also forged the invisible shackles and leg irons we have been fitted for without realizing. Good Sunday Morning Dear Friend!
The Call To Arms
I met a 55-year-old friend for lunch the other day who makes my point perfectly. He knows what has happened to our country. But he is an equity stakeholder in a company that he manages, which is about to be sold…which will make him a much wealthier man. He sees himself as a free man and master of his own destiny. I see him as a prisoner of circumstance because I know his mind will process the exact same stimuli as you or I, but it will shape reality into notions that will support his ultimate objective, just as it would you or I were we in his shoes. In fairness to my friend, he is the manifestation of “The American Dream”! He has worked harder and sacrificed more than most to get where he is today. I have many friends in the exact same position…
In fact, I have another friend who totally gets, comprehends and understands the nature of the “scribes and chief priests” who seek to destroy us today…and yet, half an Oath Keeper is the best he can manage, with one foot in and the other shackled to the same circumstance as my other friend. We will lose him because the faint of heart will always take the easier path when they realize they have to choose. What really separates today’s equity stakeholder and faint-hearted Oath Keeper from yesterday’s head down, eyes straight, stone-cutter; wearing the safe herd-beaten path between the lines “for the good of the family”? Not a blessed thing.
So here we all stand…linked by destiny…yesterday and today…on the same temple commons…in the same Jerusalem! Close your eyes and feel the same unbroken atmosphere of order; as measured and controlled today as it was over 2,000 years ago (Oh, for maximum affect, line up for your Medication Valse right here!)…when all of a sudden, the Nazarene erupts in a whirlwind of fury shattering the flat-line spell, driving those in power back on their heels in complete shock and awe! Think of the worst betrayal we could possibly ever have experienced, and we haven’t scratched the surface in understanding our Lord’s wrath at this moment in time. To witness the defiling of your Father’s house, “a house of prayer for all nations” and its disgraceful transformation into “a den of thieves”, by the very people you are days away from being whipped, tortured, scourged, and crucified WILLINGLY for, in order to SAVE! Think about this incredible, miraculous and powerful moment in time…imagine what it must have been like for the tamed and timid commoners to see the most powerful exhibition of manhood standing up in the face of oppressive tyranny…ever! Right smack dab in the public square for ALL eyes to see! His death sentence and victory in one swirling moment!
I fear there is great confusion in the misled Christian Mind facing the exact same oppressive tyrant today. Jesus did not turn the other cheek to the “den of thieves”, he turned their tables! He commanded us to love our enemies, not to lie down with them! So who are the Pharisees of our day? Where are the scribes and Sanhedrin courts of our time? Who is this Caesar with his hand on our throats and his boot on our necks, that “all nations” are bowing down and surrendering to? And what is the good Christian to do after he has rendered unto Caesar all that was Caesar’s to receive, only to face Caesar’s increasing demands for more than he has to give…while throwing open the doors to the newly reincarnated Babylonian hordes? Dare he question? NO! Can he speak out? NO! “Too much to lose”, his mind scolds him. Perhaps he can curry favor with his “niceness”. Maybe, he and his family will be protected for going with the flow, instead of speaking out…when he had the chance. If only.
Well my Mark 11 friends, we’ve just experienced another, slightly more subtle Jerusalem Jolt which has shaken the temple ground and sent a shiver up the loin of those in power from spineless scribe to the black heart of Caesar himself! During the week of December 7th, 2015…a week that will once again live in infamy, sheriffs and police chiefs across America, drawing fire upon themselves, put people before politics in their Call to Arms-shot across the bow of an out-of-control and out-of-touch federal government! They came out publically, after the Islamist terror attack in San Bernardino, advising private citizens with conceal-carry permits to start carrying their weapons in public.
Jesus Christ was the perfect physical embodiment of the Tree of Life as we know it from the teachings of Kabbalah. The warrior strength of Gevurah was as available and present in him as the loving kindness of Chesed. The Western Nations, on the other hand, have turned themselves away from the wisdom of the Tree of Life to the hopeless folly of a Tree in Trouble. Trusting in false prophets and charlatans, and relying on hand-outs from the State; they have conditioned themselves into half a tree…The love (Chesed) side green with hope. The action (Gevurah) side brown and lifeless.
Here is the perfect example of our imbalance and great error. There is a wonderful soul I know who happens to be a member of a Christian community nearby. He heads up the Syrian Refugee volunteer efforts for his community. They have done wonderful things, actually dispatching a group of young volunteers to Greece to assist in the relief efforts. They held a benefit dinner on their campus to raise desperately needed funds for those fleeing the horrors in their homeland. He and I spoke at some length that evening. I agreed with him on the need for volunteers, help and compassion. But I also shared my concerns with him about the dangers of a broken immigration system, porous borders and the self-imposed blindness resulting from our Political Correctness. I was unable to detect even a molecule of Gevurah energy in him during our talk. Several days later, I received an email from him depicting Mark Zuckerburg as a loving and compassionate being, posing with his baby daughter, and his quote: “We must not lose hope,” he wrote. “As long as we stand together and see the good in each other, we can build a better world for all people.” What I find so fascinating and terrifying at the same time, is that my friend is not a member of just any Christian Community, he is a member of the same Bruderhof who were forced to flee Germany when the Nazis came to power. It is in their DNA to know the wolf! How many Germans were mentally disarmed through pictures of Hitler kissing babies? In the very same moment he sends me this email, Turkey’s Erdogan friends Zuckerburg on Facebook. He cannot see the wolf…
To bring it back to Mark 11, it would be as if Jesus came to the Temple and invited the money-changers and scribes out for a beer after observing their defiling of His Father’s House. This is what Oath Keepers along with these courageous sheriffs and police chiefs understand. God is not calling us to show compassion to the wolf. Our Lord himself, in Mark 11, is calling us to arms!