‘ Go ye therefore, and teach all nations … ‘ – Jesus Christ
Just really exploring the idea of the church without walls and how it feels like Jesus knew that times and moments like this would come in the world and yet uttered this statement the way he did. Jesus didn’t choose the words he chose to sound his message, he had an intent for them. One of the issues that divide people is the interpretation of the words of men, not just Jesus, and before people lose interest here, this is not a religious write up (although I do wonder why it’s normal for people if a quote is from Gandhi or Buddha but if it’s from Jesus it gets uncomfortable).
The issue is rooted in the fact that we weren’t there when they said what they said and although we can speculate context, we can never really know the true intent in their thoughts when they spoke. Jesus said, go ye therefore and teach all nations. In other translations, there is the addition of ‘going into the world to teach all nations’, but now, in the world’s current state, analyzing things from a perspective, would it not be wise to honor these words by actually adhering to the structures and authorities of the powers that may be first, and then pursuing to carry out the mission in how we best see fit? What I’m saying is, does it make sense to you as an individual to disregard everything going on and still decide to do the things the way you’re used to even though that could spell certain death for you? It doesn’t right? So why is it difficult for organizations to understand it? It’s because we only assume there is one side to a story, and that side is ours and nothing else. It’s a sign that you’ve gotten comfortable where you are and don’t want to grow – that’s not a good habit for meandering through life.
The amazing thing is, this misunderstanding is one that will be projected unto the masses by the people they submit to or people who look to be in places of power and they do this out of a personal place of gain. I mean what do you lose just speaking to people without meeting them over a platform? It doesn’t take anything away from what Jesus said and you are more or less showing in a very interesting way that obeying the laws and the authorities, no matter how rotten they may be, is a good sign of morals. Choosing to not adhere to anything else in the name of carrying out the mission at all costs, sounds like an attempt at extremism and the world already feels giddy about religion and causes, imagine how you’d look like when you add extreme measures to the soup. I know a lot of people will try and justify it and say, it’s only what all Father wants that matters, I end with this…
We have faith and he who loses faith, loses it all – but if faith was all that was needed, why were we given a brain?