Wednesday, April 4, 2012

10. The Power of Agreement

     My inaction towards what I believe to be inconsequential leads me to busy myself with the things of the day that I believe that are of consequence and that I must put my hands to. This is how most of us live our lives. We do what we feel is necessary, whether we want to do it, or not. This may include going to work, cleaning our home, paying our bills, taking care of our lawn, spending time with our families, spending time alone with God, and so on. We Americans have things to do. The majority of us educate ourselves through schooling and through personal care, but we cannot know all things at all times, that is impossible. We rely on teachers, preachers, counselors, friends, and media of all sorts, to tell us what is necessary for the day's news and education.
     Because we cannot know all things at all times, the trust that we put into our government leaders, our preachers, and the media to tell us the truth about our local, state, and national circumstances is for certain changing, but we still want to trust people in the expectation of them telling us the truth.
     If we do not educate ourselves with relative knowledge, we really do not know if our leader is telling us the truth. When is the last time we read the Bible? When is the last time we read, and had a clear understanding of the Constitution of the United States? Have we ever read the constitution? Have we ever read the Declaration of Independence, or, have we relied upon others to tell us their version of these documents? Have we ever read a book by one of the framers of our nation and read what they meant by their writings? Have we educated ourselves so that we can have a valued conversation with another person regarding these documents, or do we simply talk about what we have been told by a leader, or the media, what these documents say? 
     My belief about the inconsequential things is almost as dangerous as ignorance. Ignorance regarding these documents is as plentiful as sand. Those who believe they have the educated, upper hand have the knowledge, or, are supposed to have the knowledge to teach the masses. It is supposed to be inherent for a teacher/leader to speak the truth about what is concerning any of these documents in order to relay a proper foundation for Americans to move in. This needs to be a conversation, rather than an arrogant indoctrination. How do I know what you say is true? The leader with the greater knowledge is susceptible to either telling the truth, or, becoming an uncommon force by his persuasive manipulation of the truth. In this instance, the greater knowledge may, or, may not contain truth, for its relativism to the things of the day will force its existence onto the ignorant.
     Those ignorant to uncommon forces will be subjected to the things of the day. Ignorance has nothing to do with race. The relativistic uncommon force will propagate its views on a divided foe. The power of agreement rules supremely.
The reward of agreement is granted to the loyal. Loyalty to the agreed upon transcends factual truth. Thus the agreed upon ideology becomes the relative truth of the day. An example of this is when a President tells his people that the Supreme Court does not have the authority to overturn a law. He knows what he is saying is not true, but do others that he is speaking to know that? Hence personal perception becomes reality, therefore whatever is real, must be true.
In the case of uncommon forces, my personal perception equals truth... 'my truth'.
     "Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, 'If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.'"  (John 8:31-32, NKJV).
     I have often heard the love of God interpreted according to personal perception along with the idea that the person is set free by truth...this, usually being relegated to 'any' truth. There is quite an internal emotional impact exhibited when a person believes something to be true, accepts it as fact, and then confesses the 'believed truth' as fact.
     If I believe as the antinomian, that faith alone is necessary to salvation and that I am not bound by any further moral law, then I stop short of the whole truth of the Gospel of Jesus, for He also said, "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." (John 8:36, NKJV). My freedom comes by being 'in' Him, not outside of Him. My freedom comes from abiding 'in' His Word. Abiding in Him is how I know truth, the whole truth.
     The antinomian effect transcends our culture today when a perceived homosexual can believe that he has salvation in Christ, and yet permitted, according to his own belief system, to be free from any moral law that would be fundamental to the absolute truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He, then, becomes agreed with like others who believe as he believes and considers himself right because he has created his own truth but is actually exhibiting a lack of knowledge of the whole counsel of God.
     There is an afterlife where men will be judged according to their beliefs and what they have taught others to believe. The propagation of beliefs to the less knowledgeable is supremely great in the eyes of God. We will be held accountable for what we teach ourselves, our families, and others to believe, and, if followed by agreement with others, we will either celebrate in jubilation, or, suffer the consequences in eternity for these beliefs. I would pray that all would celebrate, but, I know that that is not to be the case.
     It is past time to carefully examine what we agree to.  

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