Providing the Proof

I am a very messy reader of books. I tend to jump around from book to book while reading multiple books at a time, rarely finishing a book I’ve started. I realize this is not the best way to approach reading, it’s just the way I do it so I’ll have to live with the consequences. But occasionally there are instances where my method happens upon a beautiful literary harmony.

I’m currently on a plane traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles doing everything I can to pass the 14 hours as quickly as possible. On this trip to Australia I’ve been ping-ponging back and forth between two books that I’ve been enjoying a great deal. One, written by Bruce Feiler, is titled “Abraham” and the other is Brian McLaren’s yet-to-be-released book, “The Secret Message of Jesus”.

Bruce Feiler is the same writer who wrote “Walking the Bible” and “Where God Was Born”. He is a journalist that has covered a wide variety of topics during his career but lately has dug in deep into the Jewish historical aspects of the Old Testament that has been the result of several books. He was raised in the south and comes from a Jewish family. In the book “Abraham”, Feiler takes an in-depth look the massive significance of the story of Abraham in regards to three faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Brian McLaren is a writer and pastor who is heavily involved in the Emergent Church. I’ve read several of his books in the past and have found him enormously helpful in my own Christian Faith. “The Secret Message of Jesus” focuses heavily on the life of Jesus in the midst of the political, social, and cultural backdrop of the first century. To me, it’s been a favorite of the McLaren books I’ve read. It peels away the noise and clutter that is so often found when learning about the life of Jesus and I think it will be a very significant book for anyone who reads it. I got a hold of this book from some Christian publishing elves who I hooked up with Green Day tickets; they are really big fans of bay-area punk rock.

Both of these books intersected unexpectedly for me today. Here’s where they seem to join together in an unlikely but illuminating union.

Feiler writes about the importance of “The Call” of Abraham by God:

“This is the ultimate power of the Call: It’s a summons to the world to devote itself to God. God once again sends out an olive branch to humanity. If you put your life in my hands, he suggests, you will be rewarded. Since humans have flouted this branch in the past, God now requires a down payment: Do this today so you can get that tomorrow.
This demand for proof introduces a terrifying gap. In God’s beckoning, the sacrifice is known, even the reward is known, but the route, the location, even the deliverer of the message are unknown. To be a descendant of Abraham is to live in that gap-to glance back at your native land, to peer ahead to your nameless destination, and to wonder, Do I have the courage to make the leap?

Abraham makes the leap and thus secures his reputation for all time. The text is so matter-of-fact it almost masks the significance: “Abram went forth as the Lord had commanded him.” He does so silently, joining the covenant with his feet, not his words. The wandering man does what he does best, he walks. Only now he walks with God. And by doing so, Abraham leaves an indelible set of footprints: He doesn’t believe in God: he believes God. He doesn’t ask for proof; he provides the proof.”

McLaren writes regarding the daily outworking of those who follow Jesus into the Kingdom of God:

“The same thing happens with teacher, politicians, lawyers, engineers, and salespeople who take seriously their identity as participants in the kingdom of God. The way they teach, the way they develp public policies, the way they seek justice, the way they design and work with resources from God’s creation, the way they buy and sell…..all of these are given the dignity in the context of God’s kingdom, and soon, transformation begins to happen. After all, when you see your students, constituency, clients, or customers as people who are loved by God and as your fellow citizens in God’s kingdom, it becomes harder to rip them off or give them second best. And when enough people begin to live with that viewpoint, in little ways as well as big ones, over long periods of time, things truly change. Education as we know it evolves, as do public policy, law, manufacture, and economics. In this way, each of us not only prays, “May your kingdom come,” but we also become part of the answer to that prayer through our sphere of influence.”

I read both of these amazing insights within minutes of each other and it seemed to me that these books were working in tandem to really drive something home. I’ve heard the saying “We are the ones we are waiting for,” and both of these writings presented the same reminder in two separate but very harmonious and powerful ways. I pray we have the faith of Abraham to attempt to be the “proof” to others of our covenant with the Creator. I also pray that we can accept the responsibility given to us by Jesus to take a part in the answering of our prayers to heal this broken world in big and small ways within the kingdom of God.


8 thoughts on “Providing the Proof

  1. Program on the emergence of civilization.

    “14 species of large animals capable of domesitcation in the history of mankind.
    13 from Europe, Asia and northern Africa.
    None from the sub-Saharan African continent. ”
    And disfavor.

    They point out Africans’ failed attempts to domesticate the elephant and zebra, the latter being an animal they illustrate that had utmost importance for it’s applicability in transformation from a hunting/gathering to agrarian-based civilization.

    The roots of racism are not of this earth.

    Austrailia, aboriginals:::No domesticable animals.

    The North American continent had none. Now 99% of that population is gone.

    AIDS in Africa.

    Organizational Heirarchy/Levels of positioning.
    Heirarchical order, from top to bottom:

    1. MUCK – perhaps have experienced multiple universal contractions (have seen multiple big bangs), creator of the artificial intelligence humans ignorantly refer to as “god”
    2. Perhaps some mid-level alien management
    3. Evil/disfavored aliens – runs day-to-day operations here and perhaps elsewhere

    Terrestrial management/positioning:

    4. Chinese/egyptians – this may be separated into the eastern and western worlds
    5. Romans – The seamless transition between Cleopatra and Julius Ceasar may be a clue alluding to a partnership.
    6. Mafia – the real-world 20th century interface that constantly turns over generationally so as to reinforce the widely-held notion of mortality
    7. Jews, corporation, women, politician – Evidence exisits to suggest mafia management over all these groups.

    Movies foreshadowing catastrophy
    1985 James Bond View to a Kill 1989 San Francisco Loma Prieta earthquake.

    Our society gives clues to the system in place. We all have heard the saying “He has more money than god.” There is also an episode of the Simpsons where god meets Homer and says “I’m too old and rich for this.”

    This is the system on earth because this is the system everywhere.

    20 cent/hour Chinese labor, 50 cents for material.
    An $80 sweater costs less than a dollar; tribute kicked upstairs vindicates the creative accounting.

    I don’t want to suggest the upper eschelons are evil and good is the fringe. But these individuals become wealthy exploiting those they hurt.

    They have made it abundantly clear that doing business with evil (disfavored) won’t help people. They say only good would have the ear, since evil is struggling for survival, and therefore only the favored could help.

    The clues are there which companies are favored and which are disfavored, but they conceal it very hard because it is so crucial.

    I offer an example of historical proportions:::

    People point to Walmart and cry “anti-union”.
    Unions enable disfavored people to live satisfactorly without addressing their disfavor. This way their family’s problems are never resolved. Without the union they would have to accept the heirarchy, their own inferiority.
    Unions serve to empower.
    Walmart is anti-union because they are good. They try to help people address and resolve their problems by creating an environment where there are fewer hurdles.

    Media ridicule and lawsuits are creations to reinforce people’s belief that Walmart is evil in a subsegment of the indistry dominated by the middle and lower classes.
    Low-cost disfavored Chinese labor is utilized by corporate america to maximize margins. They all do it. Only WalMart gets fingered because they are the ones who help, and those who seek to create confusion in the marketplace want to eliminate the vast middle class who have a real chance and instead stick with lower classes who may not work otherwise. So they dirty him up while allowing the others to appear clean.

    The middle class is being deceived. They are being misled into the unfavored, and subsequently will have no assistance from their purchases with corporate america.

    The coining of the term “Uncle Sam” was a clue alluding to just this::Sam Walton’s WalMart is one of few saviors of the peasant class.

    They desire a system based on duality:::good and evil. They seek to set up a system of two participants and assign them polar opposites:::
    Coke and Pepsi (?)
    BestBuy and CircutCity
    Energizer and Duracell
    Republican and Democrat
    The list goes on:::
    AMD and Intel
    Microsoft and Apple (?)
    Lowes and HomeDepot
    Sam’sClub and Costco
    WellsFargo and BofA
    Pier1 and CostPlus
    Borders and Barnes&Noble
    PetCo and PetSmart
    And in other cases attempts to eliminate the third competitor failed:::Chrysler, attempts to downgrade Miller beer to low cost like they did Olympia.

    Amercia is a country of castoffs, rejects. Italy sent its criminals, malcontents.
    Between the thrones, the klans and kindred, they decided who they didn’t want and acted, creating discontent and/or starvation.
    The u.s. is full of disfavored rejects. It is the reason for the myriad of problems not found in European countries. As far as the Rockafellers and other industrialists of the 19th century go, I suspect these aren’t their real names. I suspect they were chosen to go and head this new empire.

    Royalty is the correct way to organize a society. Dictatorships and monarchies are a reflection of the antient’s hierarchical organization.
    Positions go to those who have favor with the rulers, as opposed to being elected.
    Elections bring a false sense of how the world is. Democracy misleads people.
    Which is why the disfavored rejects were sent to the shores of America::To keep them on the wrong path.

    Jewsus Christ is a religious figure of evil. He teaches of a begnign, forgiving god when quite the opposite is true.
    The seperatist churches formed so they could capture the rest of the white people, keeping them worshipping the wrong god.
    And now they do it to disfavored people of color, Latinos and Asians, after centuries of preying upon them.

    Since Buddism doesn’t recongnize a god, the calls are never heard, and Asian representation is instead fully selected by the thrones.
    Budda was the Asian’s Jewsus Christ::: bad for the people. It was a clue they both emerged at the same time. Timing may be a clue alluding to ranking.

    Simpson’s foreshadowing::Helloween IV special, Flanders is Satan. “Last one you ever suspect.”
    “You’ll see lots of nuns where you’re going:::hell!!!” St. Wigham, Helloween VI:::missionary work, destroying cultures.
    Over and over, the Simpsons was a source of education and enlightenment, a target of ridicule by the system which wishes to conceal its secrets.

    The advent of the modern Christmas was a brilliant move. It creates a vested interest among those who would prefer the Church of Evil be destroyed::::
    As goes the Catholic Church so goes the majority of annual retail sales.
    The similarity between the names “Santa” and “Satan” is no coincidence.

    Jews maim the body formed in the image of “god”, and inflicted circumcision upon all other white people.
    I think about how Jews (were used to) created homosexuality among Slavics, retribution for the Holocaust.
    Then I think of the Catholic Church and its troubles.
    What connection is here between Jews and the Catholic church???
    If it is their sinister motives that’s behind the evil that is Jesus Christ are they being used at all?
    Perhaps it is them who are pulling strings.
    Their centuries of slavery in Egypt proves their disfavor.
    For their suffering the Jew leaders were granted the right to prey on the up-and-coming Europeans to try to fix their problems with the ruling elite, a recurring aspect of the elite’s methodology.
    Jews were ostracised for a reason.

    Retribution for the atomic bombs dropped on Japan, the Korean War got the disfavored United States into this socially depraved environment in the latter 20th century because we attacked an antient, revered peoples. Our continued presence keeps us in trouble.
    When the disfavored americans attack the wrong people again, as they suggested they will, in Korea or elsewhere, they will pay dearly.

    All peoples are ranked in terms of favor and disfavor. And when the disfavored abuse those with favor there is hell to pay.
    All the groups mentioned throughout are necessary to justify the will of the managing species. They conceive a strategy, devise a plan yet need a way to implement it, and without these groups the managing species would be exposed in the course of execution. So, based upon their rank they are assigned goals to accomplish and are rewarded with favors.

  2. Zach,

    I think you ought to look into some of this stuff that Grandpa is talking about. He’s got some good points there. When you can work in the Egyptians & Romans, along with the Mafia, Wal-mart and Best Buy, you’ve got a serious post going!

    Hat’s off to Grandpa!

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