Love v. Capitalism

Kingdom v. Capitalism This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away

The Word of God warns us that the prince of this world seeks to create just such a society. It will be the triumph of evil, which will be the end of the world. We can see how our community is splitting, with terms like tribalism becoming more prominent. In Church, the pulpit preaches secular patriotism, and members of congregations are offended by this member or that because of the affiliation. Our educational system decreased in the level of quality, while the basic instincts of a human are cultivated. Everything that has been declared unacceptable now is taking a new norm.

Conversely, this is evident in capitalistic countries, and if one is to study governments imitating capitalism, they too complain about the same subject. Unfortunately, capitalism is a system that multiplies sin and a network interested in the degradation of humanity by default. We can say that this view of capitalism is too pessimistic, but you must admit that it is not without foundation. The logic of pure capitalism, freed from all constraining factors, inevitably leads to the above consequences. And we can already see today that capitalism seeks to humanize man. Capitalism needs insatiable consumers, devoid of critical thinking. They strive to turn a person into a consumption machine, into a voracious beast of consumption, an animal guided by instincts, and not reason. This nature of motivation is quite adequate for the functioning of industrial production systems. It provides both a precise balance between the interests of classes and social groups and the continuous progress of material production.

People find it challenging to live, worried only when they are busy with external affairs that are beyond their control. In these cases, they anxiously ask themselves: what will I do? Will there be something? What will come of it? No matter how this or that happens? A consequence of anxiety to those who continuously care about what does not belong to them. In the end, what did he achieve with all this? Capitalism made sure that to surround its worker with some honors, allows some respect, and that, having become a boss, the servant was in charge of some actions. Do you not want to work hard to free yourself from all such worries and sleep peacefully, without fear and suffering? Know that such peace of mind does not go in vain.

We as Christians need to be wise and very careful, we live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. But to have wisdom is to distinguish the spiritual from the material. Modern education does not teach on the knowledge of the spirit; the foundation of education is to familiarize students in the manipulation of material elements and to extinguish their physical needs; thus, to know does not mean to be educated.

On the contrary, a person who is busy with the fact that he depends on himself, and who believes his life in the work of self-improvement will not begin to disturb himself. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Do not allow capitalistic mindset, which could have been born in heads of materialism, rationalism, and atheism, and fallen beings. Forgive me for such directness, as most do not want to hear this, but want a pleasant, rich, and well-fed life.

Capitalism is organized egoism, which consciously and fundamentally denies the subordination of the economy to the highest principles of morality and religion; a capitalist is in the service of mammon. Such godless, unprincipled service to the golden calf, such as lust and self-interest, as nowadays, has never been preached and carried out in life. It is an economic system of production and distribution based on private property, universal legal equality, and freedom of enterprise. The main criterion for making financial decisions is the desire to increase capital to profit. The world of capital inevitably seeks to expel spirituality from its midst, isolate itself from divine norms, covenants, moral principles, and create a moral-ethical or new religious space convenient for enrichment. Capitalism inevitably establishes a new religion, new standards, and laws suitable for its advancement. However, this is not new, as we continuously see the worship of mammon in the Bible, in the form of the golden calf.

In the new worldview, there is no place for humanity, and therefore, in the logic of capitalism, it seeks maximum power over others. After all, the more power, the easier it is to enrich oneself: collect taxes, receive tribute, impose indemnities on the vanquished, introduce new taxes, take funds from the disenfranchised. The significance of a person under capitalism is determined only by the size of the bank account. People, by any means, accumulated vast wealth, become, as it were, the upper class. There is a selection of the most inhuman, heartless, devoid of love and compassion for others. And in the hands of just such people, money and power are concentrated. Ultimately, such people strive to create a slave system.

If by its spiritual nature, capitalism is mostly worship, then by its social significance for a social life, it is covered in crimes, and the history of capital is a sad, eerie tale of human heartlessness and selfishness. Unfortunately, if we study revolutions from the Upper class who has enslaved the people under different orders, we also see the clergy in it protecting and thinking about their property, paychecks not trying to build a just society. The clergy, who on the one hand preached Christ, never advocated justice. As a result, it turned out that the Church, in the earthly sense of the Word, walked in the wake of power, doing what the authorities offered it. And the authorities, unfortunately, absolutely did not understand what was happening, that capitalism was killing the Gospel and the idea of Kingdom of God.

Christians today need to have a good knowledge of biblical economic, judicial, and theological theories. The first, older generation of the Christians was, and current Christians in persecuted countries are theoretically founded. They crammed the Word of God, outlined and copied it by memory, argued, and checked each other. That was their strength- iron sharpening iron. For persecuted Christians, It helps them a lot. As they received the wisdom that comes from heaven in all purity, they were peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere.

The second-generation, especially in capitalistic countries, is less prepared. People were busy with daily routines, careers, hobbies. Christianity was studied through brochures, pamphlets, and summaries. The following generation is brought up on feuilleton and newspaper articles. They do not have in-depth knowledge of the Word; they walk by hearsay and currently by shared quotes on mass media. Unfortunately, it can be said they walk in hunger, and are ready to devour anything that sounds spiritual. They need to receive digestible food. The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field that are well-founded on His Word, walk the Word and are Wise in the Heavenly economy.

And finally, the antithesis to capitalism is 1 Corinthians 13:4-13;

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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Men as a Father; Father as a Man III

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Another quality that should be reflected in a father is faithfulness. Fidelity is manifested in the fact that we communicate with our children, we come to each other, look at each other and let our children know that “I will always look out for you”, I will always think about you. You will never bother me, and I will never be agitated by your falls. However, to never be bothered by their falls, we teach them to get up. We as a father should never give up. Our children should have faith that regardless of where they are, we are thinking of them, we are praying for them and we should be keen on their spirit. That is fidelity.

In Fidelity, we should build each other up and encourage each other. Though a biblical lens, our family is our primary circle of friends, thus we are to commission our family to live the life of a Kingdom Minded Jesus follower and create a legacy as Joseph did. We are to not only believe but walk out God’s plan for us, while teaching our children to learn the plan God has entailed for them, by knowing God. We should exemplify God’s love in our family, whereas they will have no doubt that if God is greater than His love is Greater. Why does God let us make mistakes, and allows us to get up, while the common trend is to condemn each other?

Moreover, many concentrate on wives submitting to their husbands. However, the same lot also fails to read on… “ Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.” It is evident that Paul teaches that a husband will learn to be Christlike by giving himself up for her. A wife then will step in tho her essential mission for which she was created while learning the love of Christ.

Likewise, we as fathers, are not to exasperate our children; instead, we are to bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:
That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:
That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:
And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God

A great example, teach your children, engage them, in this, they will pass your teaching to their children. Not as our fathers, who were set in their ways, but as ambassadors of God, a loving Father. Our sons are the next generation of fathers, leaders, disciples and warriors. They too shall grow up and become self-sufficient. But will they be prepared? Will they walk in understanding of fidelity, or will they carry the scars of deprived love of a father. Joseph learned to overcome destruction by trusting God, surrendering to him and remaining obedient to him. Few children learn this today, thus let us get moving in breaking generational scars. It is important for children to know, they can fall and we teach them to get up. It is important for them to know, regardless of our views, we are there for them, and by having their trust in us, they will surrender to our authority, as long as they know, we are always there for them.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

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Men as a Father; Father as a Man II

wp-1582087519520.jpg As mentioned in the previous article, not everyone has the same fate as did Joseph in his story. Some fates are better, while some have worse outcomes. Some could say they didn’t have a father as Joseph did, some could even say they didn’t have a father. Many hope to say that they were fortunate not to have Joseph’s brother crowd.
But my point is, how does one reflect on a father when the word Father God is pronounced? Let us venture further… The prayer “our Father” …  Today the term PTSD has opened many formerly unknown and unfamiliar areas in human mental health. How does the word trigger someone who may have experienced some trauma in a family, especially with a “father” figure which drives them to experience God in the same way? Now, step into a man’s mind… what should a man do, or how should he behave when he prays the “Our Father” prayer? Look around you people… having a father today is more of an exception rather than a rule, and having a real man for a father is what?
What should such a person do? What should be done to such a person who, reading “Our Father”, thinks: what is a father? What is a man? What should such a person do? I am talking primarily about men. Living in a family in which there is a father, is already the exception rather than the rule. When Joseph lived in a family, everything was fine with him: he was loved by his father and spoiled like no other brother. He complained, snitched on his brothers and made them angry with his dreams. Finally, they did him what they thought was justice.

Conversely, perhaps Joseph fell into one of the extremes into which any person can fall: for Joseph from his childhood was tempted to become a pansy, sissy or what one could use in modern-day a snowflake. And this temptation eats and destroys many men who grow up and remain dwarfs in their souls. One is not immediately guaranteed to become a good father with a foundation in a good family. In Joseph’s life, the Lord led him through many trials and errors, which could have hardened his heart. He too could have become cold, distant and angry. Only by God’s mercy did Joseph escaped this extreme, as Joseph was wise to reflect God in all his ways. Thus, he became a man and a father in relation to other people.

If you do not become fathers in relation to other people, you are not made men, you do not become like God, you do not reflect God.

Today we should not concentrate on the crippling effect of modern men, we should talk on fatherhood, manhood as God reveals himself. It is a rare occasion to have a conversation with someone who has experienced fatherhood. Unfortunately, it is the crude, rough, rigid and abnormal males who have influenced many today, especially the younger generations. Consequently, when a person has failed to experience a father, it becomes a hard concept to grasp when one hears God the Father. As the word father, triggers a traumatic experience in their life, and God becomes a distant, hard, crude old man with a temper in their minds.

If a person does not know a father, they do not know what God should be.

Therefore, it is a mission and a task to find God the Father. A painful occurrence few manage. Many continue to nurture the pain in their hearts, which turns to resentment on the outskirts of a soul-stealing any delight in life. Instead of breaking out ones, it poisons this person’s life from the inside out, hurting other people in their stead.
I do not want to mislead anyone – unfortunately, this bitterness will have a shadow effect. However, only you may choose to use this bitterness as a saving force or for the purpose of self-destruction. Joseph learned the true meaning of a Father and used his pain to save nations, including becoming a father to his brothers. Today, you can choose to learn the character of God, the primary character of a loving Father, be able to become a father or a mentor to someone.

Finally, if you were brought up in a good family, those who had a father and had something to learn from him; Do not rest on your laurels! You are the owners of a rare treasure that you have no right to keep from other people. By burying this treasure, you become self-destructive and may perish. If you were blessed to experience a manly father with a spark of care, love and freedom to make mistakes, you are obligated with the responsibility of a teacher, and a father figure to young men. Use the Titus 2 responsibility to teach young men in becoming men with a capital letter “M”. Keep in mind, joseph also became a father to the Pharaoh. Use his principled dependence on the Lord, a good experience of being a loved son and the lord’s guidance to be a leader in the example of manhood and fatherhood.

Keep in mind, when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

 

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Men as a Father; Father as a Man

wp-1582087403861.jpgToday one can hear much about purpose, goal orientation, having direction and foundations of success. But the real aspiration and a true blessing for any person in life is to reflect within oneself, in ones life, are you an imitator of Christ and an imitator of God, as a beloved child who imitates his Daddy?

Although if one is in Christ. God should be reflected in us, as he was reflected in Jesus. People should recognize Jesus in our lives, as he should have made his abode in us.  God has given me at least two similarities that I have in relation to Him. In so many things, I don’t look like Him, but in this I’m similar, and even that is far from complete. Do not be offended, dear women, but God appears in the Bible as a man, and God appears in the Bible as a father. And I too am a man, and I too am a father, and God gave me these qualities so that through them, as far as I can, I will show what kind of Father God is.

Unfortunately, the enemy has lunged and an attack against God on earth by attempting to destroy manhood in multiple ways, that even the church has few men or knows how to display true fatherhood. Most of what we know is by learning what the mainstream wants us to know. The enemy has never cared for men who are perishing; in drugs, alcoholism, prison, etc… His main goal is to distort the image of God as a Father by distorting the image of a man. And these two similarities that the Lord gave the stronger half of humanity – to be men and be fathers. Howbeit, being a man and a father are not the qualities one is born with. If a person has a wife and has children, this does not mean that he is a husband and father, the primitive instinct to breed is found in animal behavior as well. On the contrary, God is the Father, and he created man in his image. By outlining the goal of us fathers and men, may the exaltation go God, while removing the burden of a man from women.

Conversely, please read the 45th Chapter of Genesis before we continue, a fragment of the Joseph story a story on a son and a father. A man who had every chance of becoming a male, like all males, but who became a man and a father to many men. As we read the chapter, what stands out the most to you? What do you think stands out to me? I see a man who leaned on god all these years… a man who knew true trust in God. I see a man who was a veteran of a devoted friendship with God and experienced true help from him. I see the second strongest man in hierarchy unable to command his emotions, a man who could not contain himself and lost his “professional bearing”, but for what?

Well, there are words in the chapter which are more repeated then one initially sees, the words “Father” and “Brother”. Joseph loses his bearing, as he was deprived of a family; he spent all his life absent from a father and without his brothers. Joseph walked with God, he trusted God in areas most of us cannot fathom to understand. He lived in a pagan land, and where most of a modern Christian would compromise, Joseph stayed loyal to the One True God. In the land of pagans, he was respected by pagans and he never compromised. Yet, as one can see, it’s not enough for a person to be with God, additionally, it is important to have a father, as well as brothers. Fortunately for Joseph, he learned how to be a Father from The Father.

 

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Why is it hard to understand Philippians 1:9-11

Bread And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

Obviously, a sense of rivalry and personal ambition took place among some believers if Paul wrote these verses. Someone listened there to the Judaists in returning to the laws of Pharisees or began to adapt to the secular views of religion, tradition and or laws. History of Hebrews in scripture illustrates the possibility and the tendency of such behavior, exemplified in turning to foreign gods, likewise the comportment towards non-believers. The modern church uses the same methods at times using ritual and belief based on ancient pagan practice and modern business practice rather than the Bible.

First, our culture has been desensitized by the upbringing of western organizations, and the ethos of society has become pragmatic, where we determine truth by examining practical results. Pragmatism work in hand with the philosophers of rationalism, considering the thoughts and concepts inherent in a person from birth or in the form of makings. Rationalism dictates there is nothing in the mind that is not in the senses; Feelings and experience are sources of knowledge, and the reason is only a systematizer of data derived from experience.

Moreover, we live in a capitalist system, where a member of society is valued depending on the size of his property: the more property a person has, the more he is considered a person; thus the essence of man is identified with his property. Consequently, a Christian member of the society ceases to think with the brain and feel with the heart – as a result he or she looks at the world through the prism of the capitalist value of a property, and his feelings pass through the filter of his understanding of wealth. The protection of property bothers him more than the protection of honor and a Kingdom mindset. For this reason, Western churches are influenced by a pragmatic understanding of capitalist truth and bring it into congregations; all is true that leads to the preservation and increase of (fill in the blank) …. or to improve their social situation; right and true is whatever leads to success.

Capitalism does not look good without the results of the Revival of Humanism, meaning the elevation of man as the main value of the world. Humanism is the exaltation of man as the main value of the world. But humanism was born out of Secularization – the release of science from the religious influence, born in the age of Revolutions. Although the development of scientific and technical thought brought much good, a Christian should not be influenced by the concepts of ideal utopian states, as secularization desensitizes one to the principles of tolerance.

The capstone to pragmatism is the Principles of Positivism. Positivism argues for knowledge to be accurate and reliable. Positivism maintains the scientific method and to build on the achievements of other sciences. Philosophy and advance of knowledge are achieved only through empirical observation. The principles contend through an examination of evident facts, not their causes, furthered from the value and appraisal nature of the study. Positivism is capstone within the idea of halting the “dictatorship” of other sciences and takes its specific place among them.

Thus, we bring this mindset to the Church. We desire to have affluence in the congregations, we size up the value of the church in if it works. We tend to want more success in its growth, pragmatically looking at face value rather than heart value. We tickle people’s ears, rather than take care of their hearts. And we worship God in pagan ways, because it creates a sense of goosebumps rather than an intimate knowledge of God, as it is a slower process.

Today, the illusion is widespread, in which society can be offered some new options for the development of society with the help of such well-known categories as “creativity” and “pragmatism”. As a result, the so-called “new identity” is formed. The illusion is that the undoubted successes of the material order in some societies are extrapolated to the spiritual sphere and we are all invited to be “pragmatic” and “creative” in order to solve problems of the second (that is, spiritual) order. These problems include the problem of the meaning of personal existence, and the problem of moral choice, the problem of conscience, the problem of faith, etc. A false message, since never solving material problems did not remove the problems of the spiritual state of society, its development and order.

Western culture transferred all the wealth of human creative nature beyond the bounds of church ritual, thereby providing scope for creativity for the sake of gaining money, fame and demonstrating his own individualism. Any ritual, any desire to devote one’s abilities, one’s creative impulse to a specific goal, no matter whether it is God or the people and their well-being, affirms the moral principles of society invariably and consolidates it on the basis of a single view of the future and the value of the world and man.

Also, spreading the divide among people and directing everyone along the path of individualism, ending in the subconscious destruction of the unification ritual. And this destruction, in turn, gives rise to social heterogeneity, disunity, and the goal of a person’s creative aspiration is not serving God, society, man, good, but only self-expression, not striving to be understood by all the surrounding layers of society. These strata are precisely formed on the absence of a single common ritual and tradition, on the dissimilarity of interests and the destruction of the invisible spiritual unity of the people.

It may be difficult for us when we look at Christian life pragmatically, to love brothers and sisters because of the pragmatic tendency to see their weaknesses first. We all make mistakes every day. however, if we cannot overlook the mistakes of others, our love for them cools. As Christians, we need to depend on the Scriptures as the absolute standard of truth versus determining truth by consequences. Paul calls us to Purge out the old leaven, that we may be a new lump, as we are unleavened.

Therefore, we need to set ourselves from a modern culture in following “You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way” (Deuteronomy 12:30-31). The point of faithfulness is that God defines how He should be worshipped, not man: “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it” (Deuteronomy 12:32). And take Paul’s guidance from Philippians by growing in the intimacy with our brothers and sisters founded on the word of God. “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore, we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so, we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.” ~ Romans 6:3-5

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