There are only two principles that determine any prevailing condition, in this world. These comprise order as dichotomized with confusion. The more aligned to order one is, the more inclined to survival the person becomes. The opposite is true for those inclined towards aligning with confusion. This datum is as factual as the prediction of a rising sun tomorrow.
The principle of successfully operating any business, government or any other organization, lies in how aligned to Jesus’ principles one is. The common error has always been in making a religion out of everything Jesus taught.
If Jesus had brought a new religion, He probably would not have been crucified. This is why there is no record of any other religious leader ever having been treated in the way Jesus was treated.
The resources of this world are sufficient to adequately provide for the needs of all people, around the world. This can be true of anything in the form of clothing, accommodation or food provisions. This sounds like a utopian call, but it identifies with the principle of orderliness.
No-one can disagree with the fact that there has never been any reason for facing challenges to do with the disposal of food leftovers? This is when other people struggle, quieting hungry children, predicted to die anytime due to malnutrition? Only in this world of disorder, do we find such realities.
How about boasting about developing weapons of mass destruction, when common sense shows that such behavior is anti-survival? If ever there was any reason for Cain to murder his brother, it pointed towards the principle of confusion. The satisfaction that was exuded by Cain, after murdering his brother, characterizes the current civilization.
In this world, most of the things that God pronounces as foolish; are regarded highly and those associated with foolishness give positions of honor to those engaged in such foolishness.
For instance, a Real Estate businessman is regarded highly, by everyone, anywhere in this world. However, Christ describes such highly regarded business acumen-ship as foolishness (Luke 12:13-21). This is why even a highly religious rich young man, could not appreciate the idea of disowning his wealth, even though desiring eternal life (Matthew 19:16-22).
The known richest people, in our time, have, at their death beds, displayed desire to use all their wealth to resuscitate their dwindling lives. Without doubt, it is commonly known that survival is next to orderliness, and survival is needed by all.
But why is it that, even today, people seem to deliberately choose confusion, instead of order? Obviously, the rich young man who walked away on Jesus regarded Jesus’ principles as lacking wisdom.
The foolishness of the cross cannot be saleable to those taking pleasure in what goes on in this world. This is why Jesus said wide was the gate that led to destruction, but narrow being the gate, leading to eternal life (Matthew 7:13-14).
This website advocates for things not saleable, yet leading to order, as pointing to eternal life. Why do so many people go to church today? This is just as good as asking the question: Why did so many people mob Jesus, wherever He was to be found, in His time? (Mark 6:31).
But, at the same time, why is it that only a few people identified with Jesus, at His time of brutal anguish? (Mark 14:50). The call to order implies renouncing the present comfort zones, doing what cannot identify with the rest of humanity.
The call to order has got nothing to do with religion, but responsibility. You cannot have order, without anyone taking up responsibility. Chaos in a room will remain, as long as there would be no-one taking up the responsibility to restore order. The same applies, in the confines of this world.
The chaotic environment, all over the world, calls for order, which cannot be restored by religion, but by those taking up responsibility. I suppose it is necessary that we should first clear the meaning of the word “responsibility”.
At the scene of an automobile accident, the police seek to identify the culprit. That person would be given full responsibility for causing the accident. The process of identifying the culprit is necessary for justice to be meted on the right person. All that the justice principle does is to identify the responsible person.
That responsible person becomes accountable for whatever the costs incurred over that accident. There are those who, though fully aware that they would have caused the accident, would try to find ways of escape. This is where judicial processes become necessary.
The criminal nature of humanity always requires litigious processes, in order to identify the actual culprit. However, a virtuous person may go out of his/her way to meet incurred costs, over and above what would be demanded.
He/she does not need anyone to enforce responsibility on him/her when knowing that he/she would have caused the accident. He/she seeks to restore relationships and preservation of his/her good name.
Responsibility can therefore be used as a term that refers to a person who is orderly and dignified. But it can also be accusatively used to force an irresponsible person to meet the incurred costs, whether he/she likes it or not. In an order-less society the majority of culprits go unpunished.
They remain as happy as Cain was happy after murdering his brother. Taking responsibility for what needs correction has got nothing to do with religion, but the concern for other people’s welfare.
The two thieves at Jesus’ crucifixion reveal the distinction between two philosophies that characterize the general behavior of humanity. The first thief, desiring Jesus to free them from their responsibility, revealed the character of the majority in this world (Luke 23:39-43).
The second thief revealed the character of the minority, with concern for other people, than just self. But both thieves were not religious at all. Taking full responsibility, for the wrongs is for those said to be responsible. Such people take interest in the restoration of order, for the benefit of everyone.
These may not necessarily be religious people. But they are responsible people who can be relied upon, and naturally loved by many. The agents of chaos seek to vilify such people, falsely accusing them for the wrongs they never committed, whether out of jealousy, or sheer ignorance (Matthew 5:10-12).
Jesus was thronged by many people, because he attended to their problems. At one stage He even took the responsibility to calm the stormy sea, where no-one else could take that responsibility, to save lives (Mark 4:35-41). But the agents of chaos found fault with Him, to the point of causing his death.
The most disturbing thing is that when using Jesus’ example, the agents of chaos could only be traced to the religious leaders, who caused the murder of an innocent person. [See “Freedom is of the Mind”].
My own analysis reveals that the same scenario applies today. We have several religions, but Christianity appears as the most dangerous. The reason is that Christianity uses the name of the supreme agent of order, confusing everything He said, so that ordinary people get confused.
Christianity is projected as a religion, yet it is a known fact that religions cannot bring order, but confusion. What is happening in the Middle East is a typical example of what religions can do to people.
Instead of being the light, Christians project themselves as being a better religion, thereby fuelling the confusion. However, Jesus was not a religious person. He loved the Samaritans who were hated by the Jews (John 4:1-42). He also casually dined with sinners, bringing order in their lives, as He was an agent of order.
This world lacks the agents of order, to take responsibility in this sinful world. Orderly people identify with the man called Jesus, who even in that short period of His existence left tremendous impact. Unfortunately, that impact is now being polluted by the agents of chaos.
The doctrine of responsibility is not saleable to a world characterized in chaos. This is just as it can be difficult to pin down a person responsible for causing an accident. People want comfort and good living, but are not willing to accept the responsibility that goes with comfort and good living.
In Zimbabwe, the Johan Masowe Vapostori sect may now arguably be followed by the majority of Zimbabweans. I recently interviewed one of the adherents of that sect. He was quite frank, telling me that most of those people are attracted to that sect, mostly for dubious reasons.
The sect promises to cast out spells experienced by most of those associated with demonic conditions. But at the same time the sect provides charms for those desiring to succeed in dubious business undertakings. Only to cause more problems, whenever the rituals, expected to be adhere to, get somehow, disregarded.
The man, however, revealed that he was in that religious sect because of some good virtues practiced there. The spiritual leaders of that sect pick on some Biblical aspects, but disallowing its members to read the Bible. I later discovered that the sect, actually abuses the following scripture:
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24) (ESV).
I suppose this kind of deception cuts across traditional Christianity, as well? Miracles are associated with the spirit world. But not every spirit is associated with God. The difference lies in ability to discern between order and confusion. “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33) (ESV).
This world needs people who are willing to take up responsibility to correct what is wrong. Unbelievably, it seems such people cannot always necessarily be associated with Christianity. The people needed are those who, due to the call of responsibility, are willing to walk the walk of Jesus.
They identify with the behavior of Jesus. They also attend to the needs of the people around the world, regardless of their sinful background. It is only the agents of chaos who take advantage of what goes on, desiring to be seen as good people, when attending to effects, instead of causes of disorder.
True Christians take full responsibility in addressing causes of disorder. Such call does not identify with personal salvation, necessarily. [See “Personal salvation vs. God’s Kingdom”]. Christianity is a serious responsibility that demands coming out of the comfort zones, and being true servants of God.
If the Master, as the agent of order, died for the cause of order, why should His followers now pursue comfort, instead? The good thing about falsehood is that it can easily be exposed, for those seeking truth, when identifying with Jesus.
Andrew Masuku is the author of Dimensions of a New Civilization, laying down standards for uplifting Zimbabwe from current state of economic depression into a model for other nations worldwide. A decaying tree provides an opportunity for a blossoming sprout. Written from a Christian perspective, the book is a product of inspiration, bringing reliefs to those having witnessed strings of unworkable solutions––leading to the current economic and social decay. In a simple conversational tone, most Zimbabweans should find the book as a long awaited providential oasis of hope.
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