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"Working like the devil for the Lord! - Anon

Doing the Lord's Work
Updated: 01/19/2021

Aren't people that claim to be doing the "Lord's" work doing several things that are destructive of spiritual growth and good human relationships? Let me count some ways:

1) Aren't they acknowledging a paradigm of a superior God who is a boss, overlord or controller and who must be served and obeyed, or else? How is this different from "workin' for the man"?

2) Aren't they also setting themselves up as superior to others who are "merely" taking care of themselves or pursuing personal goals?

3) Aren't they actually distancing and alienating themselves from others by this claim of being spiritually distinctive?

4) By maintaining this stance don't they remain in denial, don't they fail to understand themselves and their true motives?

5) Aren't they really working for themselves and using this self-delusion as a narcotic to numb themselves and insulate themselves from the realities of this world and the situation in which mankind finds himself?

6) Aren't they using their "work" as a substitute for understanding and believing what was revealed?

7) Aren't they overwhelmingly violating the spirit of, "Before you take anything away, you must have something better to put in its place." - Schopenhauer

Philip Jenkins says in an interview with Christianity Today:

...mission churches are providing a way for healing a great division in Western Christianity, where they always find this distinction between liberation theology, which aims to cure the material ills of society, and deliverance, which aims to cure the ills of the soul. What the newer churches have realized is that those two words are the same word. Any kind of mission that does not cure both is offering a flawed, partial, and inadequate message.

All well and good! Who can argue? BUT the focus of this Christian thinking is on the mundane level–making things better in this world–and does NOT address or resolve the greater "human condition". In the "Lord's Prayer" the J-person does NOT teach us to pray for these–worthy as they are–, but rather for the inauguration of the Kingship of the Heavens. And this alone should be telling us something. Did he not say to his disciples at the well in the context of doing the will and work of the Father, "I tell you, raise your sights!"?

Just curing the material ills of society and the ills of the soul will not suffice. We naturally and legitimately want and need ever so much MORE than this! Further in the interview Jenkins says this, "What happens to the call to go and make Christians of all nations?" What? The J-person did NOT demand or call for this, but rather authorized us, ASSURED us that now we can WILLINGLY present the Gospel to all nations. But the very first and ultimate criterion is knowing what the Gospel IS! You just cannot legitimately conflate the two. When you understand the Gospel, you realize you are working for not only mankind but for YOURSELF, and don't relate to it as working for the Lord at all! The motivation does NOT come from external command or demand, but is primarily inspired by the vision of imminent personal payoff. Within the spirit of self-interest, is working for the Lord a claim that we should make? Sound pretentious to me.

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