Communism is God's Design
Though often tempted, I have stayed away from writing about politics as much as possible. For the most part, I left it to others to report the positives and negatives in scrutinizing those we hire through our taxes to lead our nation.
Yes, we employ our voted-in governmental people. As employers of teachers, several echelons of policing, and civic, provincial and federal governments, our duty is to be involved. Our employees have demanding jobs that require special qualifications and character. But as with any employer, the "boss" must be involved. We, The People of Canada, are that boss.
It is a complicated and challenging mandate to govern such a diverse nation. We must credit the many public servants who desire equitable fairness in this incredible country. It is easy and unfair to be an "armchair quarterback" as a Christian when we have historically put so little skin in the game. However, I see this changing.
My older brother was a high school teacher, and I saw how the often thankless task of educating students took a considerable toll on him. From what students have said, he was an outstanding teacher. He turned down the promotion to principal several times and just wanted to teach. Pat passed away at an early age. He often said the parent's involvement in their children's education was "MIA," missing in action.
It is the same with the government. We must tone down our one-sided accusatory charge and acknowledge failure on both sides. At crucial times, we, the people, have been MIA, casting all the blame for poor decisions on those we voted in.
Governmental authority over our nation, schools, policing, etc., have resulted in a situation in governance like a bird with one wing much larger than the other. The nation's people have relinquished the responsibility to partner with their employees, our public servants. This abandonment began long ago and has culminated in our multiple current crises.
We are now transitioning towards a form of governing with a track record of extreme control. The church, yes, the church, has been MIA. Scripture tells us that our involvement in all aspects of life will improve the earth.
In bible college, a professor had said Christians should stay out of politics because it was too unholy. This "doctrine of abandonment" was prominent in most church organizations. Only in recent years has this begun to change.
Christian denominations have historically persecuted each other, often in prolonged violent wars. Today it is primarily in verbal form. The criticisms back and forth between religious groups on the internet tell the world that we can't get along with one another. Why should anyone listen to us? However, a remnant is dissociating itself from this destructive activity. We have yet to see how they will awaken the unchurched to the Goodness of God in a significant way.
Every societal failure has its genesis somewhere in the church's history. Let me explain. Socialism/communism is God's heart. We can work hard, spend money and look vociferously for the next experience that would trigger a release of adrenalin, giving an all-too-brief fleeting experience of watered-down euphoria. Sooner or later, the nagging "inner person" is never fully satiated, affecting every part of us. It is deep in the soul where no one else can see that the Creator brings us home to His Heart.
The early church 2000 years ago exemplified the outward results of the inner beauty that bonded them together. The Christ they crucified came back to Love them, and that Love elevated their being to a place never experienced since the beginning of time. It was an encounter with the Love of God. Intrinsic personal issues of the mind and heart preventing the essential need to belong to a healthy society by the Grace of God were no longer a hindrance. They were free inside, and the fear of transparency was gone. It was the power of forgiveness. Forgiveness from God. Forgiveness to others for wrongs and forgiving ones self of personal failure. God's Love in Jesus Christ brought back the union between the Creator and the Created, the Father, to His Children.
The Jews who became Christian in this first century were put out of the synagogue and lost their jobs, homes and any source of income. The motivation, being self-preservation, was transformed into concern for their brothers and sisters. Wealthy Christians, no longer consumed with the benefits and security of prosperity, sold properties and gave the money to leaders who dispersed it to the needy.
The Bible says, "They had all things in common."
For the first time in human history, true communism emerged, and it was a creation of God, not man.
Many would try to copy this in history. The need to belong to some form of community is the most compelling force of human nature. Without the Love of Christ in people's hearts, you have an engine with no oil, and it will run for a bit then relationships begin to break down. Human Love without God does not have the continuous regenerative power to bring an evolution of healthy growth. God's desire is not that His community be like a political ideology. His people together would be like a wonderful functioning Family.
What made the early churches' communism different from Russian, Chinese, Cuban, and other attempts to bring a relational utopia to humanity is that the early church was motivated and empowered by God. The purpose was to demonstrate His Love and reveal the incredible destiny that awaits those who receive Him. He Loved Jesus, and their relationship was seamless. If you saw Jesus, you also saw God in Him. To know Jesus, you are to be a True communist.
The heart of communism must be sacrifice, not forceful control. God gave His Son in Love to all, even those full of hate, with the desire of His UNCONDITIONAL LOVE TO CONQUER EVIL.
Communism is an intrinsic need in humanity's heart. Few live without the need to be part of something without others to share the experiences of a relationship. Without God's Love and Power, humanity can only create a counterfeit. History shows us the false attempts to recreate the knowledge of the early church without the Love, Wisdom, and Power of God.
Over the years, the church drifted from the glorious experience of personal intimacy with God and, therefore, one another. The need in humanity for what the church formally had soon became filled with the directives of an often corrupt hierarchy. History validates this. The Roman church at one time ruled much of the known world, and of this leadership, a good number of Popes were highly corrupt. They were not alone. Very few church doctrines refer to the beauty of the early communistic church with a desire to give into the necessary change to emulate it.
Another statement coined by the early church was, "they were all in one accord."
If there seems to be one constant in church history, it is division. The church has left the house empty, and fraud has filled it. Fake communism is projecting itself as the saviour of humanity. Few dare to declare that this philosophy is responsible for over 100 million deaths and the untold number of those beaten into submission. You can try to tweak this to fit western culture by burying a history of censorship and silencing contradictory perspectives, but the same results will emerge.
When a prominent so-called democratic government leader openly states how he admires tyrannical communistic governments like China and Cuba, is there a better alternative to argue his point on the world stage?
Compare the control of people by fear of reprisals to the early church being motivated by love side by side. Which would draw you? We have been distracted by rapture theories. We quote the scripture," The Spirit and the Bride say come." Could this mean, "come to unity together in the Spirit first?" The cry from Heaven is for the church to again be in one accord as the first church. The Bible says the last church will be even more glorious than the first. World leaders will see our Heavenly Communism working and desire it.
Deeply buried but never lost throughout the centuries is this vision of God's Kingdom expressed by a community of lovers, The Church.
IT IS BEGINNING TO EMERG!
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Dan Chappell was fathered in the prophetic by Robert Ewing of Grace Churches of Texas in the early 80’s and mentored in “The Heart of the Father" by Jack Winters.
He is recognized trans locally for his sensitive and encouraging prophetic and strategic insight. His gifting is not just for the local church, but impacts churches across the continent. Debbie, his wife, stands with him in this demanding role.
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