Nov 19, 2009
Silencing the Abducted
I have found that the scales and measuring rods that we relied upon in the past are of no use in this new world of the wild. It’s kind of like when a bus driver asks a pilot how many miles it is from Arizona to Kansas City. The pilot naturally thinks in nautical-miles while the bus driver listens with a street-miles mindset. When he drives for twelve hours and passes the number of miles the pilot gave him and realizes he is still in Colorado, he feels deceived and lied to.
What is true and right in one world may be insignificant and wrong in another. One of the major keys to finding truth in this life comes through knowing what world we are speaking from and from what world the person we are speaking to is listening from.
I was once informed by a specialist that I was a heroin addict and needed treatment right away. The person who diagnosed me asked if I thought I had a problem with heroin. I said, “Definitely not!” He gave me a knowing look and explained that denial is one of the first signs that a person is a full-fledged addict. It also happens to be the first response from someone who has never taken heroin in his life, which was the case with me. When people attempt to translate life with the measuring devices from their personal world, they become a spiritual bull in a china closet.
I think one of the funniest passages in the New Testament was when Paul informed the Corinthians that Satan masquerades as an angel of light. Not many angel sightings happened after that comment, did they? I’ve always felt sorry for the angels who happened to overhear Paul’s unfortunate analogy two-thousand years ago. I picture them rolling their eyes and saying, “Gee....... THANKS A LOT PAUL!” Yes, Satan may masquerade as an angel of light, but angels of light also appear as angels of light. At least they used to.
The world of religion that I grew up in was measured by principles that were created by and applied to a group of people who held to a bunch of ideas but didn’t know for sure whether or not any of them were true. Everything about God and Jesus was stuff we all read about and passed along stories about, but none of us had ever actually met either of them in person, so we didn’t know any of this stuff first hand. Home group meetings consisted of people throwing out their latest ideas about God and trying with all their might to present them in a way that fits with the stuff the rest of the folks held to.
Because of the condition of our religious existence, we measured things like humility and maturity by a specific set of principles. We determined whether or not a person was teachable, arrogant, haughty, rebellious, argumentative or closed-minded based on that same set of principles. If a person claimed to know anything about God for certain, they were considered to be arrogant and close-minded because of their unwillingness to open their hearts to other possibilities of truth that people had to offer. To speak with any degree of certainty about something that no one else in the room could know for sure was a clear sign that a person had an unteachable, haughty spirit. If person “A” made a claim about God and person “B” said,“You are wrong about that”, it was considered closed-minded and spiritually immature for person “A” to stand up for what he said and not back down. Anyone who disagreed with something the pastor said about God was immediately labeled as "not submitting to spiritual authority".
Because everything was subjective in the religious world and based on interpretation, the scale in which we judged people’s spirituality was marked by the amount of hours they spent studying and praying. Also, the measurement of time that a person has been a Christian is taken into account. In a world where no one knows anything for sure, these are fair measurements of rank and seniority.
The only way to measure such things as who will lead and who will have authority over others was through these methods. At the end of the day it came down to one question; who knew the most about the bible and the doctrine of the church. The person who kept up with their studies and purposed in their heart to memorize large amounts of scripture, was eventually the leader of everyone else. He who studies, leads.
I said all that to say this:
Today we live in a completely different world as Free Believers. Today, I sometimes feel like a guy who grew up in Roswell, New Mexico and believed in aliens my whole life, and then finally, one day I was actually abducted by a real alien space ship. You would think that if you were ever abducted by aliens, Roswell would be the best place for it to happen because everyone there would be more likely to believe your story. I would at least think it would be better than if it happened in Santa Fe or Albuquerque. At least Roswell is full of believers. Surely people there would be ready to listen to and embrace your account of what happened.
The problem is that Roswell is very much like religion. Everyone believes in aliens like there’s no tomorrow, but no one really knows for sure if they exist. Because of this, you can be certain that the believers in Roswell measure their level of respect for each other by how much they’ve studied, how many books they’ve read, what abduction sites they’ve visited, how long they’ve lived in Roswell and most of all; how many friends they have who actually claim to have seen a UFO. In that environment, these measuring tools are perfect. In fact, there is no better way to measure UFO believers in an environment like that.
IF YOU ARE ACTUALLY ABDUCTED by a space ship full of aliens, the people of Roswell CANNOT use ANY of their measuring tools on YOU. Those tools work only for the specific crowd of people they were created for. They only work for people who’ve never been abducted, but believe nonetheless. The measuring tools used for non-abducted believers do not apply to abducted-believers.
If you were abducted by aliens and you did live in Roswell, I can guarantee you that you will wish you didn’t. People would be furious if any of your experience didn’t match the stuff they’ve read about. They would require you to explain your abduction in the exact same language and dialect as the farmer from 1923 used when he wrote about his abduction in the corn field. If you veer from that in any way, they won’t believe you. There is also going to be a lot of jealousy among believers in Roswell that you won’t find in Albuquerque. In relating your experience to people, you would be held to the same standard of communication that people who had never been abducted hold themselves to when they talk about aliens. If you dare to stand on what you saw with your own eyes, you would ultimately be blackballed from the entire town for not being more humble in your presentation.
I’ve had people accuse me of being an immature Christian because I won’t back down on certain things. They’ll size me up as being argumentative and as having a spirit that “always has to be right and won’t even consider the opinions of others” when it comes to certain subjects in reference to God’s heart. Back in my religious days they would be EXACTLY RIGHT. The tools of measuring arrogance work very well for the world of religion but I am no longer in that world and therefore cannot be measured by it’s scales. Unfortunately, many people are still living in those religious days so they have no other tools with which to measure the abducted-Christians.
Unfortunately, there are many people who are still measuring themselves and others by the pre-abduction religious scales of the past. An abducted-Christian will weigh in as unteachable, arrogant, haughty, and closed-minded when standing on a non-abducted scale. Sadly, we live in a world where there are more non-abducted-Christians than there are abducted-Christians, and because of this we have abducted-Christians trying to speak the language of the majority in order to tilt the scale and get a different reading.
I sometimes feel that there is a conspiracy among the religious, to shut the mouths of abducted-Christians. Through the use of political correctness, people who have been to the Father are peer-pressured into not speaking from that perspective. They’re made to second-guess what they have seen and what they know, and trade it in for an unsure attitude. At what point are we who have been to the Father going to stand up and unashamedly speak out what we’ve witnessed first hand? I honestly believe that until we do so, things will never change.
I know what I know, because I’ve witnessed the heart of God first hand. The only thing I will remain unsure of is the thing I’ve not witnessed with my own eyes. When I have witnessed something however, I will stand on what I’ve witnessed and proclaim it loudly, without shame or fear of being perceived as arrogant and unteachable by others. I do believe that the day is quickly coming where the abducted-Christians will outnumber the non-abducted. It was that way when the Church began and it will be that way again someday.
I’m glad that Paul and John never took on the politically correct attitude of today when they spoke of the heart of God. Neither of them ever presented their knowledge of Him as though it may or may not be right. They didn’t act like what they knew was just an idea that they came up with on their own. They stood up and strongly proclaimed what they saw. That is what I am looking for in this generation of Free Believers. Please don’t allow the scales of the religious past to intimidate you or to cause you to re-word what you know about Him. You’re being measured on completely different scales in the wild.
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