I never recite biblical passages to prove a point. The reason why is because most of what western faith based teachings rely on is a replaced theology and rivisionist translations. Were it possible to bring virtually every church together for an historic conference with regard to the role of the church in the modern world the folks would out number every government in the world. The divisions based on the many, many western denominations would possibly be comical to witness in this sort of setting which would most likely over shadow the purpose of the gathering! Because of the absolute misapplication of western exegesis via seminary teaching and denominational translations the very governments that most now submit to (and outnumber) would yawn at such a gathering.
Hence, what is the purpose of faith based people in Biblical thought if and when it no longer has a voice in the community, especially government? I thought the idea was to “Prepare Ye The Way of the LORD.” or to “Take Back The Land” or to “Keep My Commandments”
The faith based community outnumbers the people who have shut down their role in virtually every community, certainly in the culture. How could this be the case? The answer is remarkably simple. Most believe revisionist history or Western doctrines that opined the separation of Church and State Or, most are waiting for an airlift into heaven.
None of the Biblical text was based on Western doctrines, Ironic huh?
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah
Ezekiel 37:15-22 Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “As for you, son of man, take a stick for yourself and write on it: ‘For Judah and for the children of Israel, his companions.’ Then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel, his companions.’ Then join them one to another for yourself into one stick, and they will become one in your hand. “And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, ‘Will you not show us what you mean by these?’— say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.” And the sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes. “Then say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again.
The passages never esteemed western churches, western exegesis, western hermanutic, western doctrine, western denominations. Perhaps we should have never replaced what GOD is doing through Israel? Afterall, it was through Israel that we know anything at all about the Bible!
The Church replaced Israel, the Goverments replaced the Church……… and so it goes!
By the way, according to ancient Mesopotamian covenant law, the Jewish man pictured is renewing a covenant via blood offering, in Israel. I think he is actually GOD in the flesh!