The following is another attempt to use the goggle of Faith to weigh various inspired thoughts, on another blessed day.
1. Civilization, today, has no respect for the first civilized life that was meant to govern man’s soul; for the lifestyle called the faith – that pleases or brings God pleasure. It perceives the true version of the Christian faith as a threat; as a competition to its vision to liberate man from God’s government, and has since defined the Christian faith as a religion; lumping her among other religions: and many civilized minds love to have it so (Jer. 5:31c).
2. Man, after the fall, has no doubt benefited from civilization but unknown to him, he has – like Lot – lost much more through it; even through fellowship with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (i.e. the world) that gave birth to it (Gen. 13:10-12). It can help man to arrange his outward life, but must mortgage strength from his soul in return (Jn. 10:10). It has birthed intellectualism out of many intellectuals and liberalism out of most liberal minds that seek an alternative ways of life to the faith. It has taught man how the world can revolve around him and how they can prosper at the expense of acquiring God’s life. It has been a strong tool to legitimately take the youthful strength/vigor out of man’s soul, so he can later give God his old bones.
3. The first civilization on earth was born under the nose of man’s fall; after man (Cain) attacked the course of righteousness and the way of faith; after man kicked against an order that would have checked his motive for lustful adventure; for the misplaced priority that sees men building all sorts without, while having no raising/building of truth within his soul (Gen. 4:16-17). It still inspires men to (unlike Jesus) think big rather than think meek; to remain carnal by putting his mind ahead of his heart and his heart ahead of his (recreated human) spirit. It has, thereby, enslaved generations of men; even those who settle for an adulterated form of life while befriending or fornicating with the world (Jam. 4:4, Rev. 17:1-2).
4. One of the greatest victims of the attack of the ills of civilization has been the home. It instituted gay rights, human/women rights, child right, bragging right etc., but thereby collected much more than it gave to men – in the name of empowerment, pleasure, freedom/independence. It has reduced homes to hostel-like arrangement, where everyone does what is right on their own eyes (Jud. 17:6). It has created a value system that ensures men don’t recognize Christ as their head; that women (in some advanced nations) have more rights that can throw out their husbands from the home; that submission one to another remains a taboo (1Pet. 5:5). Faith would always come to (in meekness) call for order, and would gradually shake things that can be shaken, until Christ is enthroned.
5. One of the intentions of the faith that Christ Jesus came to authorize for use in the soul of everyone who has been weakened by the world and by the ills of civilizations is to expose them to the power of God; to the power/daily conversations that can bring this civilization/world to its knees; even in the life of everyone who subscribes to it; who gathers enough substances of (God’s) righteousness to overthrow such government. The faith of the Son of God promises to see us through seasons when and where the shame cast by civilization against the gospel; even the path that leads to life, would become one of the things we are to overcome. It will empower us to despise such shame until we grow above it; until it means nothing to us; until our first spiritual inheritance (Christ) means much more to us that it once did (Rom. 1:16).
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