CARS, CHRISTIANS & COUNTRY Denominations, Oil & Water
Oil & Water
Spirituality and Commerce are core strengths of a nation. Abiding peacefully with a prosperous citizenry without uprisings is ideal for any republic. The practical approach to productivity is essential in both religion and industry; yet, like oil and water the two never blend. They are distinct as water descends and oil ascends to create an equilibrium upon the earth’s surface.
Religion in America
The courage and practical wisdom of America’s founding fathers led them to establish a republic finding the significance of both, but the necessity of having the Church and the State function separately. True religion unifies, has strength and encourages right action while Industry demonstrates a productive organization structure meant ideally to enhance society and generate wealth. Spirituality and commerce are essential troughs of vitality in society. The sign of the cross is made when religion (horizontal) and commerce (vertical) meet on a common plane in human endeavors.
Point A to Point B
Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) founder of the Ford Motor Company was not only a technological genius but was a brilliant business man. He created the Model T and was successful in making automobiles accessible to most Americans. His innovations in auto manufacturing changed the landscape of America from the multitudes of horse drawn carriage assemblages sprawled about from Maine to California into myriad views of various roads, highways and signage throughout America. When Henry Ford was asked whether he liked the Model T or The Model A, he replied, “they’re both good.” Ford may have alluded to the fact that they have different names but had the same purpose, to get one from Point A to Point B. Soon after Henry Ford’s day, the practical use of the American automoble soon began to focus upon aesthetics more than practicality; as automobiles became heavy medal hunks of prestige reflecting the significance of how one travelled, above getting one to a desired destination (Point B).
The Point A to Point B rationale had taken a back seat to how you travelled. After WWII the United States was transformed to a super power and the Automobile Industry emerged triumphant as the Big Three automakers (Ford, GM & Chrysler) answered America’s call to keep up with the Joneses during the Golden Age of Industry in the U.S.A. However, the Point A to Point B mentality would resurface as a dominate ideology that was originally at the core of the purpose of the Auto. Americans affirmed this with the spike in the price of petro and eco-awareness that created a demand by the automobile industry to make smaller more fuel efficient vehicles. Thus, the vanity of man mutates with each passing generation of Americans craving to have beautiful compact packages of fiberglass that move us from Point A to Point B.
GOD's C Class: The Church
The purpose of the Church is to prepare souls for transport into a realm with God. The Church translated from Greek ekklesia (ek-klay-see-ah) meaning a calling out or called out ones. The church identifies itself today as a body of baptized believers. The Church founded by Christ is designated as an organism. Unlike Industrial organizations today such as J.P. Morgan, the Ford Motor Company and The Trump Organization whose leaders are either dead or mere mortals. The Christian proper has a living head who is Christ. The Church that Jesus Christ founded is one church with many members. God's covenant abided with the Israelites by rule and others by circumstance during different stages in human history. The good news is that people become vehicles that the Holy Ghost can flow through now. All have access to the grace of the Glory of God by faith (Romans 5:2). Since the beginning of time God affirmed "It is not good that the man should be alone" (Gen 2:18). This remained true for Jesus, God's only begotten Son. Adam slept and awoke to Eve. Jesus laid down His life and established His Church and left her in the care of the Comforter (the Holy Ghost) until His return with His Officers standing by (Apostles, Prophets, Evangelist, Pastors and Teachers) to supply nourishment to His Bride. The Church (C Class) was hidden to the ancient wise men and the prophets but have become a reality. Now this Bride of Christ adorns herself until His return.
Prone to Divide
As a Christian it bothers me when another Christian excitedly asks, “what church do you attend?” My response is equally fervent but when spoken it's like letting the air out of a balloon because nine times out of ten that person belongs to another denomination. Denominations are like cars they all get you to point A to point B. Point A being Earth, point B being Heaven. Consequently, our joy should be in the truth that Christ has set us free and that we can rejoice in the fact that we’ve been delivered from evil. The analogy of a denomination being a car can be fun. If faith was your gas, hope the steering wheel and love your tires, you’ll have a bumpy ride without love, no direction without hope and your going nowhere without faith.
Denominations Begin in leadership. While Pastors lead the Saints disagreements naturally arise. Many aren't resolved among those in congregation. Usually at the base of these dissentions among well meaning individuals is the need for one faction to remain upon a certain path (pathos), but others are given to move in another direction (ethos).
MODERN WORLD: Ancient World Super-imposted
Get Up and Move Faith: Abraham
If there were a people that had preeminence to God it would have been Israel, God's firstborn (Exodus 4:22). Nevertheless, God is not a respecter of person; yet, He is Faithful to His Word and His covenants. Jesus was birthed among the Jewish brethren to a Levite maid (Mary) born in Joseph’s family who was of Judean descent. God made a provision for man through a man named Abram. Later his offspring would become the household that God would use to enter humanity and bless mankind. Abram embraced a novel concept of accepting one God (monotheism) which was a revolutionary concept in his home of Ur, a bustling metropolis in ancient Mesopotamia. God asked Abram without provocation to get up and move. He adhered and received a pledge through him “all the families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:3). This became the back-drop of the rebirth needed for sinful man. Abram became Abraham and his great grandson, Judah received an even more precise promise that would yield Christ from His lineage (Isaiah 6:14) the One who would be able to save man from sin and restore humanity to God. Yet the family of God’s first born rejected God’s only begotten son and continue to look for a Messiah until this day. Even though many Jews have reconciled with Christianity as their reality those that still reject Christ grieves, the heart of God, who still remains faithful to the promises made to Abraham.
Syria and Surrounding Region
Being a Christian is not a Nationality but it to be Christ-like
Countries that reserve the right to be called a Christian Nation should hoist the righteous banner of Christ. This banner waving should indicate those who identify with Jesus Christ. Disciples of Christ were called Christian first in Antioch, a city of Syria (Acts 11:26). The designation ‘followers of Christ’ is synonomous with the term disciple. The United States of America resides under the banner of Christianity. Even though the activity that describes Christianity must remain consistent with the attributes of Christ. The character and attributes for Christians should reflect an inward and outer exhibition of Christ like activity. A person identified as a Christian who possesses characteristics inconsistent to the character of Christ should be ceased to be called a Christian. What about US. This does not happen when Christian nations change laws which combat the spread of Christianity or economically exploit weak nations under the guise of Christianity. Taking and bleeding resources with little or no reciprocation and prolonging wars for economic gains is not Christ-like. America has become a secular nation with a rich Christian tradition that is fading with conformity to a godless society with each stoke of a legislators pen, appeasing the status quo at the expense of the righteousness that made this nation great.
© 2012 Reginald Boswell