Well, I’m here chilling at the Word Retreat of the Year. We got some really cool high schoolers. Elli, Jordan, Boggs, and even Ryan all got up to talk about how others and the Lord Jesus Christ have been changing their lives! I remember back in the day that these kids were straight-up punks! Mean, lean, prideful mofos! And here they are today, making themselves vulnerable to their friends, and being grateful for the shit their friends had to put up with when they had to battle with their shit, their pride, their sin. There was some serious tear jerkers as well! It’s so beautiful to see these high school punks being so sincere and thankful for the shit they put others through, they’re building some significance! Why the fuck are these guys being so humble! A bigger question, why is being humble such a powerful thing??
Rich began this retreat with a teaching about humbleness, why the heck would a teaching on humbleness even incite any excite from a bunch of high schoolers? If that were me in the day, I’d be like dude! This shit is laaaaaame! You know what, though, it wouldn’t be just high schoolers, the world is lead by punks. Like the Rock, that dude has built a kingdom around himself, he earned his significance through ‘Layin’ the Smack Down’ and pinning his opponent to the ground!
That is how the world system works! It’s all about being able to lay the smack down! Being able to beat your opponent to a pulp, then being declared the victor! The Rock is the perfect image of power in the world system. It’s about muscle, badassness, talkin’ smack, and being able to lay the smack down! It’s a system that builds itself up by tearing relationships down! It’s a system that builds autonomy, pride, and selfish ambition. But it doesn’t work! The Rock may be able to sit down in his throne of the Wrestling kingdom, but truthfully, is he really significant? He’s spent his life destroying the lives of others in the ring, and what’s with him at the top? Nothing! He’s on a throne where everyone hates him. The only reason why he’s got fans is because he hasn’t had to lay the smack down on them! He’s built his entire life around destruction, but what has he got to look forward to? He’s nothing but icon to the world, but in real life, he’s got no significance! He’s got no real love relationships! He’s made himself isolated, but it’s not all his fault. It’s how the system works! It’swhat the world promotes! Building a life of autonomy from everyone else, and holding out for yourself!
I saw the movie, The Wrestler, a couple months ago and that did an amazing job of depicting how cruel and evil this world is. It’s about this all-star wrestler (just like the Rock), and he’s grown old, he’s become a thing of the past and his fans have moved on. Where did he end up after he lost his precious wrestling career? He ended up with nothing! He was a old hag, living in a trailer park, without enough money to even pay for his rent! He’s useless, and there’s nothing he can do to gain the significance he once had because truthfully, the significance the world offers is extremely finite and only lasts for a few years or not even that much! It’s like that with everyone. You go to school, get a career, but once you reach your expiration date of usefulness to the system, you’re thrown out! You’re left with nothing! This is the way of the world, but Jesus Christ created something that last forever, love relationships.
That’s why it’s so cool to see these guys making themselves humble and vulnerable! They’re building some love relationships! They’re building up relationships that they can take with them for eternity! But they ain’t wimps either! Today, Christianity has become the puss and judgmental stereotype. Christians are running into their little nests. Their churches. And hiding from the real world! And they’re becoming losers! But why? Jesus Christ came and created such havoc and uproar in the Roman and Jewish civilization that all they could was kill him! But even that didn’t stop Him! Jesus Christ was the biggest badass in all of history! But how? All he came with was humbleness, kindness, and love. How does love create such an uproar? Such a havoc that the world could only kill him to try and stop him? It’s because God’s love is all about freedom! When Christ came, he exposed the Jewish leaders for their hypocrisy. He proclaimed himself to be God. He came to set the world free!
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
So why go puss? Because Christians today have lost substance. Why did that happen? Because they turn to autonomy! They turned to the system! Christians today build institutions, buildings that cost time, effort, and most of all money. The system is the institution! Christ came to disestablish what the evil one has created! Not create another institution! Jesus came to tear down the isolation, tear down the undercurrents of hate and deception. He came to bring life, joy, and significance! Honestly, how can we have significance if we were just created randomly, or when we die we just end up like a minuscule bug… No, Christ came to rise us up! He came to replace our cold, dead hearts and gives us a tender, loving, caring heart!
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ ( by grace you have been saved),
6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
Christ came to make us alive and place us as authorities in heaven with him! He came to place us in a position of real power. That’s so fucking cool! It is so awesome to know that the God of the universe loves me and all his creation so much that’d be willing to offer us a way to be Kings along side his Son! And it is exciting to be apart of something that goes against everything the world system builds and represent. Praise God! Let’s tear down this bullshit system that does nothing but try to tear down the relationships that matter! Let’s rock this bitch!
So in a nutshell, I am super excited to see what this Word ministry can do. These guys have a heart and a fire to spread the Word and burn down the institutions that work to destroy the Gospel of the Lord. These guys have got some power and significance, and I know the Lord is going to be changing some lives! Let the love of the brethren continue…