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Christian Dominionism: How's that working for ya?

I don't look to Dr. Phil for theological insights, but there's a world of practical wisdom in his mantra, "How''s that working for ya?"  If every governmental decision were scrutinized ahead of time by subjecting it to the question, "How's that working for ya?" we would be so overwhelmed with the wisdcom coming out of Washington D.C. we wouldn't know what to do with ourselves.  We aren't fully equipped to handle Paradise. 

I'm still waiting for the "How's that working for ya?" party to arise...but it probably won't be happening soon.

Sadly, a significant number of my fellow Christians have been just as deluded as our current batch of political leaders.  I'm rapidly finding myself a man without a country.  I can't go along with our current government, but I can't go along with the dominant Christian mindset, either.

The greatest delusion in the Church is this rather bizarre concept of Dominionism....the idea that we're going to make the Earth a Paradise ahead of time before Jesus comes back to congratulate us.

How's that working for ya?

From what I've been able to glean, Christian Dominionism got sort of a kick start when Pat Robertson ran for office, and seems to have poked up its empty little head every four years since then.  By now, America should be a hotbed of Holiness.

How's that working for ya?

I don't blame Democrats, Liberals, or Obama.  They are living precisely by the rules of the kingdom they're living in....the Earthly kingdom of darkness.  As that flamboyant evangelist R.W. Schambach puts it (although I disagree with much of his teaching), "It's not wrong for sinners to sin!"

Jesus made this so abundantly clear on many occasions.  "In this world you will have tribulation, but I have overcome the world."

My "fellow" (notice ironic quotes) Dominionists believe overcoming the world means electing Jesus.  I beg to differ.

Jesus needs no vote, no opinion polls, no nomination.  His Kingdom is not of this world.  He already reigns....and has always reigned. 

Jesus STRONGLY rebuked his disciples who wanted  to overthrow the Roman government of the time.  "My Kingdom is not of this world."   Did I miss where Jesus changed His mind?

We're told of the Blessed Hope, of the world to come.  Why do we need a blessed hope if we can make Earth a paradise now, by our own efforts?  Why are we so insistent on a Kingdom without a King?

Who was it that said, "The ultimate in insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results"?

Instant gratification is part and parcel of human nature.  Christians have become just as subject to this human nature as the world.  Delayed gratification.....the concept that Heaven can wait....has been lost on the Church.  Even if we COULD achieve some level of Paradise on Earth, it would be so inferior to the future inevitable paradise that awaits us, that it would seem ridiculous to even try.  This  concept was so obvious to the Church throughout the centuries....what all of a sudden changed?

Well, it probably wasn't all that sudden.  Since Jesus didn't do things when and how we expected Him to, we gradually decided that we'd help Him along a little bit.

How's that working for ya?

Knowing that Heaven is in the future....not on Earth....how does it affect the Great Commission?

Profoundly.

Dominionism tells us that we must WIN domination of the Earth over sinners.  It tells us that sinners are an enemy to be conquered.

The TRUTH tells us that sinners are to be PITIED, not competed against.  The world fights over the remaining scraps of this fallen world for a moment of pleasure, when they can have Heaven for Eternity, if they but submit themselves to God's grace.  For us believers, heaven is assured....whether we WIN the Earth or not is irrelevant.  It is all passing away anyway.  Dominionism puts us in COMPETITION with sinners...which neither saves them nor does anything for us, because we CANNOT win this battle.  We were never called to!

I have been all but branded a heretic by even suggesting that sinners can HAVE the Earth.

One of the most mystifying passages in Scripture is "I will give you the heathen for an inheritance."  I always thought, "Who wants to inherit a heathen?"  But in the Spiritual realm, this makes perfect sense.  We are to RESCUE the heathens out of this world and take them with us to Heaven.

When the world realizes that we Christians aren't after their goods, they are MUCH more likely to listen to our message of the Gospel.  The problem is, for the most part, we ARE after their goods.

Our Dominionist friends are quick to counter that "They aren't the sinners' goods to start with...they already belong to US!"

Oh really?  Then why did Jesus, when offered all the kingdoms of the world by Satan, never say, "It's not yours to give me!"  The fact is, Adam and Eve forfeited the Earth by their disobedience.  The world DOES belong to the enemy. 

We're pilgrims and gypsies on this planet...which is just fine by me.  I happen to like Gypsy music, anyway.

 

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