One of my Daily E’isms (one liners) is that every time I think about finishing that last half of an undergraduate degree, I have this fear that it will get in the way of my real education (self-education).
It seems as if we are spending more time in school, and for every year we have to spend in school, it takes twice that to unlearn everything in the real world. That is if we can even function in the real world with all of that useless knowledge crammed into our heads most of our lives.
It has been said that the purpose of education is to teach people how to think and not what to think. The problem here is that no one can teach us how to think. We have to do that for ourselves. Any attempt to do so ends up being indoctrination, or teaching us what to think.
State schools try to promote democracy; it is absolutely amazing how good this system looks good on paper. But all it’s done is show us how nothing man creates works the way it is supposed to and everything gets corrupted.
The only thing Democracy accomplishes is making us lose faith in humanity. People that believe in this don’t understand how the world works. And once you learn this, it doesn’t make a difference if you try to start a revolution. American colonials succeeded at this because the elite let us. Within a century everything that we ran from caught up to us.
At least realizing how corrupt the world is has confirmed my convictions that there must be a Supreme being out there and something more to this life. Maybe it just exists on a higher realm that the naked eye can’t see, but has to be spiritually discerned.
Jewish Zionism and Evangelical Christianity, with the latter’s second coming belief, are only political systems trying to build a man made kingdom that is destined to fail.
In the words of Jesus, don’t look for the Kingdom here or there, it is within. Everyone looks for an escape from reality but on one wants to take the journey within.
I love the Strong’s Concordance. I learned enough about the definitions of words in the Bible to get me kicked out of church. For example, the definition of Grace is “a divine influence upon the heart that is manifested in the life.” The word charismatic just means grace motivated. Too bad some charismatics end up promoting a prosperity gospel into making this about material wealth (which is not bad in and of itself.).
I was reading 1 Corinthians 6 one day, you know verse 9 where it says “homosexuals will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven”? At least in the new translations. Just like in the book of revelations where the newer translations say “sexual immorality”, the older translations just say “fornication”. The latter meaning is perversion of something (porneo in Greek) and not necessarily about sex. Religious zealouts pervert the law by trying to follow it without understand the spiritual meaning is about loving God and our neighbor.
Spiritual adultery is not trusting in God which leads to an enslavement to materialism.
The older word is 1 Corinthians 6:9 for homosexuals is “effeminate”. The meaning of this word is “soft”. How else do you explain why Paul started the chapter off talking about people suing each other? The people of the day were becoming soft and enslaved to the elite, or 1% of their day. Cross reference this with Proverbs 28:1 where it says “the righteous are as bold as lions” and a verse towards the end of Revelations where it says “the cowardly will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Separation of Church and State is one of the foundations for the Amerian Constitution. Though it has never came to fruition. Evangelical Christianity, or the Christian Right, aligns itself with the Republican Party and even Zionists in an attempt to build a man made kingdom or Theocracy. This didn’t work when the Catholic Church had a Theocracy, it won’t work with Protestants. The Kingdom of God is already here for those that walk in truth and already established because it belongs to God and needs to building up, just an awareness that it is within.
The Christian Left is the polar opposite and doing just as much damage. And they wonder why Libertarian types don’t get into politics much. It’s hypocritical for the Right to say they are against Democracy yet think your vote matters. Democracy looks good on paper but can never exist in this world and only seems to result in more taxes and regulation and less freedom.
God told His people in 1st Samuel that they don’t need a ruler. Anarchy begins to make more sense since it involves taking full responsibility for ourselves and not being dependent on a system.
I have generally felt less patriotic the last few years. Nationalism is basically idolatry. Once you realize all nations become corrupt and the kingdom of God isn’t bound by any boundaries, then you realize it’s all built on a lie.
Remember back in the 80’s and 90’s when you fell off your bike? You probably got back on it, despite the cuts and bruises. It’s what separates the men from the boys. It would probably be illegal by today’s standards to get back on after falling off.
The liberal agenda would want us to take our kids to the hospital. They might even tell them to apply for disability and that they wouldn’t be able to work for the rest of their life. Or that they have to take medicine forever.
As much as we try to believe in evolution and strive for progress, if you look close enough you realize that there is no such thing. We have basically been doing the same thing for centuries, only in different ways. Technology makes it easier, which often makes us lazier.
Maybe in a sense, we are not really progressing as much as we are regressing; aka progressively going back to where we started.
The irony of progressing right back where you started. Maybe we will go back to a time when people weren’t so sensitive and materialistic.
I can safely say I am glad the election is over. I didn’t even care who won. Reason being that there is a greater kingdom that operates in the world and God’s will be done through it doesn’t matter who takes the office of the President of the United States.
I used to always hear Christians say that no matter who is President, Jesus is still King. It seems they only say this when the person they didn’t vote for wins. When their candidate wins, you would think it was the second coming and he was the messiah himself.
To me it doesn’t matter who is in office or what happens in politics because the economy, like the retail stores that I have worked in, tends to run itself. One of the reasons that the economy has been declining is because people are not playing the game like they used to before 9-11.
If you look at the following sites, you will discover a new trend within the church and even outside of it: 1) Missionalwisdom.com 2) Thesimpleway.org 3) Jpusa.org 4) Communityofcommunities.info 5) Ic.org/directory 6) Cohousing.org
The Gig Economy and Sustainable Living
People are opting out of the economy and choosing to live on less. This frees you up to serve God’s Kingdom more fully. Many people are making a living within the gig economy or by pursuing freelance careers that the internet has opened up for them.
A Harvard business professor even encouraged his students to take advantage of this rather than looking for a job. A popular website called pennyhoarder.com also lists creative ways to make a living without having to look for a “job”.
Minimalism: Detachment from the world
Going back to the intentional community idea: this sounds more like church than actually going to church on Sunday. Believers living in communities and sharing their resources and even taking in the poor and homeless like Jesus call them to do. Maybe if the church gets back to doing this, the government won’t have to.
So why do I say that politics makes me wish I was a Futurist? Because I believe that it is a distraction to the Kingdom of the Christ that has been here for nearly 2000 years. Whatever goes on in politics, for one may be more “fake news” just to get advertising. Secondly, keep in mind that we serve a God who can bring good out of anything. See Romans 8:28 where is says “for God causes all things to work for the good of those who love Him.”