Why no voters in Heaven?
Or politicians? Or democracy? Because to know how to vote, what to do, I have to be confident-I-know-what's-best -- rely on human-wisdom. No corruption in Heaven, or willfulness, agenda, pride, rudeness, selfishness, because ALL of these rely on human-wisdom, and there is no human-wisdom in Heaven. Only Jesus-wisdom, Jesus-dependency, and its fruit -- humility, graciousness, unconditional love. Ahhh.
Before The Fall, humans were like Jesus when He walked the earth. Jesus did NOTHing on His own, but only what His Father told Him to do. Jesus modeled dependency for us, to contrast the INdependency of humans since The Fall. But Jesus-dependency is impossible for humans, including Christians. Fresh work of the Spirit needed for fresh Jesus-dependency, and it doesn't last long in my experience.
Humans were not created to govern ourselves. Government is a monument to human folly. The bigger the government, the bigger the folly.
Not every human is OUTwardly evil/corrupt, but EVERY human is evil/corrupt INwardly -- we are all confident-we-know-what's-best, SO THAT we know how to navigate as we go through our day. Outward corruption is extreme. INward corruption, is human, normal, since The Fall. But we humans -- nonChristian AND Christian, live in denial of how INwardly corrupt we are. We love spotting OUTward corruption in criminals, politicians, and we demand justice, but are blind to the corruption in ourselves. We Christians are like the Pharisees of Jesus' day, imagining ourselves followers of God, but in reality, following our human-wisdom. No wonder there is so much frustration among the unusually-self-aware living in this world, outside the Church, and INside the Church. Where is the justice? Why aren't things done right, fair? The powerful, ambitious, dominate, fight for control. Everyone suffers, including the powerful. Why do the powerful suffer? Because they hope to find happiness through control, but they never do. They die unhappy, most of them living in denial of their unhappiness.
So what can we Christians DO in this life, to experience happiness -- tastes of Heaven? And be fruitful with seculars? Pay attention to our thoughts, feelings, reactions, so we're AWARE of why we do what we do, think what we think, so we can CONFESS when the Spirit momentarily opens our eyes to see our human-wisdom-dependency -- the evil, the corruption inside. Ahhh, fresh Jesus-dependency is priceless. And contagious.
-- Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, bigtime human-wisdom-dependent, but imagining what a widespread awakening in our day might look like, with humble, others-absorbed, Jesus-dependent Christians, contagious to surrounding seculars
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