Well today has been a sweet day, pulled an all-nighter, slept through my first two classes (oopsy daisy), could barely keep my eyes open in Chem (but didn’t sleep through it), had discipleship with Joel and Tom, studied for my teaching, took a nap, taught (for the first time in basically a year), saw Zombieland (proud sponsor of twinkies), read Tom’s blog, and now am writing this blog. It’s been very edifying getting under the Lord’s authority and finally teaching his word! I decided I wanted to write a blog because of the insight I got from my rap on suffering and utterly powerful and beautiful it is.
Suffering is a not-so-talked-about topic in Christianity these days. I mean, why would suffering even seem like an enjoyable thing to talk about? In our culture, it’s all about fulfilling your deepest desires. The desire for money, fame, acceptance, power, and even feelings of love through sex, drugs, and alcohol. It’s such a contrast to what God has designed for us! People today are very shallow in their hopes and dreams, striving to be like celebrities with fucked up personal lives. All just to have the fame and popularity. Why strive for something so temporary as that? Well, it’s because we strive to rebel! Rebel against God! We strive to be our own God!
The American Dream is all about being able to make it for yourself, without help from anyone else. Own a home, get paid well, and having a family that looks happy and nice. Seems like an appealing life to me! It’s all about growing up, getting an education, starting a career, settling down with a family, growing old in a nice home, and then death. Oh wait, death? That doesn’t sound too appealing at all! That’s the secret to the American Dream, the world system, the Kosmos. Death. We live in a world that’s only temporary. And it’s utter bullshit! Why the fuck do we put up with the fact that everyone has an expiration date? The fact that the people we love and care for will never come back once their gone? This is the way of the world system. Death. And it’s the exact opposite of what God had designed for us!
The truth is, we do live in Zombieland. We live in a world of corpses walking around waiting for their expiration date to transpire. We live in a world that revolves around hate. That’s what it really comes down to! It’s what makes such beautiful things like landscapes, relationships, and the universe seem so sad because we live in a world were we have no real love relationships. Down to the very core, we all are out for ourselves. Ready to blow away anyone who’s inner zombie rises to the surface. It’s so heart breaking! Why do we have to blow away the people we love just because we finally see their inner zombie? The disgusting truth that we’re all so deeply fallen from the image of God? It’s the unnatural feeling of heart break, that reveals the truth of this world system. This is not how the world is supposed to be.
We weren’t designed to be this way. We were meant for so much more. We weren’t meant to destroy the relationships we build up in our life times when times get rough, when our inner-zombies are exposed and take us over. We were meant to have Joy! We were designed to delight in the presence of God, and have an eternal, joyful relationship with him! This is why love is so revolutionary to our culture! It is the opposite of the American Dream! It’s Life. It’s the joy and excitement and having eternal relationships. It’s the joy and excitement of being Kings and Queens with significance. We suffer because we fight for a cause that the world hates the most! It’s the love of the brethren that has the world gnashing at the teeth, but also at its knees.
The greatest part of love is that it has authority over hate! It is a concept that our fallen nature cannot overcome or explain! It can evoke emotions of anger, hate, and jealousy, but even more so it evokes joy, hope, humility, and love! With love as our weapon, the evil one doesn’t stand a chance! How do you fight someone who continues to love you, when all you do is humiliate, abuse, persecute, and hate them? How do you break down someone who continues to sing songs of joy when he’s thrown in jail for spreading the love of Christ? How do you control a society, when it’s people are ready to die for the sake of loving the lost? It can’t be done! The love and grace of Jesus Christ has done nothing but grow over the the past 2000 years that it’s been spreading after countless efforts to put it to death!
The concept of love can dismantle the world system from the inside out. It is a revolution, but a revolution that builds people up, establishes love relationships, and emanates Joy and excitment! It disestablishes the institution, and replaces it with the organic Body of Christ. It turns the concept of autonomy and turns it into repentance and reconciliation to God and relationships. Christ came to flip the world upside down, and there’s no better way than establishing an anti-system of love and unorganized Joy and relationships.
It’s time for the revolution of love to take over Kent State. Things will never be the same…