Friday, October 29, 2010

Reformation happening Before Your Eyes

Reformation happening Before Your Eyes

It's happening before your eyes. One example:


What evidence will you accept, then? On what basis do you judge? The nation-state as we know it is VERY recent. The university too. Various denominations, even the claims of the Popes. Commas came in @ 900, verses only in the 16th century. Widespread cheap Bibles have only been available for a few hundred years. the 'modern' world-wide missions movement as we think of it is very young.

Is it possible that we have gone temporally and spatio-culturally native, thinking that 'the West' is the end of all things, rather than something to be discipled?

In something such as Ussher's chronology, it took half the time from Creation to the Cross to get to Abraham, and we're only another 2000 yers from the Cross.

If you go with the 16 billion year chronology, the recent times of articulated social order, say 10,000 years, are a very small percentage of the total.

The mass of men have lived lives of a very few decades, dying very early, soon after becoming grandfathers, if at all.

Electric lights are only a hundred or so years old, the automobile about the same, fossil fuels too.

In America, the Baptists walked, the Methodists rode horses, the Presbyterians took the stage, and the Anglicans waited until there was regularly scheduled train service. The Romans did exploring, but did not arrive in big numbers until....

There was a big movement of forming cities by covenant in the 12th century.

It's early days, and yet there is an acceleration of good stuff, that we don't appreciate, and yet when we look at the Core History (Creation to Cross) God has graciously shown us that we should appreciate what he has done, but we blind ourselves, for some reason to His Providential care, and say, 'Woe is me!'

How long have we had the piano, and polyphony? Double -entry bookkeeping and perspective in art (first art work with perspective was of a baptistry!) and counterpoint in music cam about at around the same time.

And you imply that The One True God Trinity (when was that articulated?) God is not moving us, that he is destroying us. But surely, 'the just shall live by faith,' that is, even though God is sending people and things against us to destroy His temporary manifestations and downstreamings of the eternal covenant, He will raise from that death even greater things, as He has promised.

Do you think that an America and a West that kills millions of babies in the womb can escape God's gracious justice? Yet were such a society not destroyed, and another take he place, what of the promised of God?

Do you dare say that Luther and Calvin are the end of all theology and application of it? And their best insights have borne bad fruit, surely, among many, but that is the way God works. Eli's sons destroyed the tabernacle, but then came the Temple and Psalms. The Temple was dismantled, and it and the people went in waves into exile, but Daniel and Ezekiel, and synagogues all over the Mediterranean resulted. 'America' will die, but what she articulated that is true to the Word will arise more gloriously

The child will die at 100 (Isaiah 65:20). The Bride will be Adorned.

And so on.

The key is remembering strongly, so as to act on it maturely, Providential history.

We are not to blind ourselves.

Love in King Jesus,

PS: Calvin had the police escort the people of Geneva in groups to swear to the covenant and the Decalogue, I have read. Can any society that does not do that survive--and can any that does do it immaturely? Can any that says 'Woe is me! in the face of God's blessings? Should it?
Thanks the Lord and sing His praise, tell everyone what He has done. Let all who seek the Lord rejoice and gladly bear His name. He recalls His promises and sends His people forth in joy with shouts of thanksgiving, alleluia, alleluia.
PPS: China is a great capitalist power, compared to a half-century ago? How was Deng Xiaoping ‘converted’? The Cold War with missiles about to fly…where has it gone, since the 1990s?

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