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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Notwithstanding; Kitsch

There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, "Morning, boys, how's the water?" And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, "What the hell is water?"

We live in a capitalistic and individualistic culture. Capitalism is so deeply entrenched and embedded in the surrounding culture that the consumer mentality of the Church cannot be clearly differentiated from that of our community. Individualism as a pervading consciousness has its influence in the autonomous, independent mind-set which many in the Church claim as a right and a freedom of expression.

Jude 12 "These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, ..."

Whether this is called apostasy or hypocrisy is irrelevant. The corruption is not from the secretive and hidden sins, it is a corruption from the things that are in plain view. The fault of the Church is not in understanding, but in our wills, our appetites, our affections.

The character and personae of the Church are all painted with the same broad brush strokes. What is seen by one as culturally definitive stains all. The parking-lot of your Church tells a story in and of itself. Whether it communicates worship, necessity or want is determinant upon 'innocence' and 'naivete'. After all, are we not asking the same question, "What the hell is water?" In that lies our justification, and our condemnation, we are part of our culture and its subtlety and pervasiveness has won the day and the Church present.

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