Can God’s children be categorized?

When delving into matters of truth one is advised to steel oneself against the effects of astringent opposition. This world is sustained by falsehoods. Projecting the truth is tantamount to provokingly inviting a duel with the devil. Certainly, no physical being can hope to withstand torrents of harmful molestations and possible physical elimination. Truth is impossible to oppose, but while requiring no support from anyone, except God, the price is life as opposed to death.

Supporting the truth carries no consideration of value, except one’s dignity. Nevertheless, as the only route towards freedom, truth has to be told, for the benefit of those in need of freedom. Projecting what one considers to be true, does not require approval from anyone, except God. The fundamental basis of Christianity affirms that God’s children cannot be categorised. Of course, this cannot be sellable to a society, unaccustomed to a leaderless community.

The only flow that has been labelled against Advocate Nelson Chamisa is leading a seemingly structure-less organization. His critics claim that it could not have been possible for Sengezo Tshabangu to destabilise CCC if structures had been intact. This has been exposed as a naked lie. Although Tshabangu claimed to have backers from CCC, nothing has solidly granted authenticity to that claim.

Has there ever been a structure-less organization in this world? The answer is a resounding, YES! That organization was initiated by Jesus of Nazareth. The fact that Jesus faced opposition for daring to start such an organization does not invalidate its formation. If unworkable, Christianity would have long ceased to exist. Common failures in Christianity are a result of deviating from the instructions of the founder of Christianity.

“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Matthew 23:6-12 NIV)

There is no need to allow theological treatises concerning the above instruction. This is an undiluted structure-less recommendation by Jesus. Bear in mind that in Jesus we are dealing with an ideal condition of solidified wisdom. Based on the above Scripture, what sane person would assume this to be unworkable? No sane personality would assume safety without God.

All problems of humanity start with taking precedence from fellow humans, rather than taking instructions from God. The sole argument against a considered structure-less organization is its novelty. Conversely, one perceives nothing wrong with adopting what the author of Christianity approved. Safety is guaranteed when applying Jesus’ instructions, at all times.

Someone may argue that Christianity cannot be likened to political organizations. Nevertheless, Jesus’ recommendations apply to any organization, including entrepreneurial organizations.  Without capitalistic considerations, the employees of any corporate organization can be educated on clear operational guidelines. It wouldn’t even be necessary to employ expensive managers.

Each employee becomes a manager when effectively directed by clear operational guidelines. Critics can perceive chaos rather than order, in that scenario. They maintain that ordinary people are incapable of managing their affairs, without supervision. The training idea cannot even be suggested, as doing so, reduces the value of the capitalist.

Capitalism does not originate from the axiom of always treating others in the way one would like to be treated. We live in a world where materialistic capitalists find a threat in treating everyone equally.  Such bourgeois magnets desire being worshipped. To them, security comes from controlling other fellow humans.

They find a threat, being equated to those they despise, but surprisingly feel uncomfortable whenever they, themselves, become despised. Our precarious environment is caused by this capitalistic mentality, sustaining the worldly dangerous conditions. This comes from the cluelessness of the origins of humanity.

It takes a knowledgeable person to appreciate that it is impossible to despise another fellow human being without despising God. In that knowledge, exists the secret of survival. The Lazarus and Rich Man parable carries a scenario pitting the rich man against a poor man (Luke 16:19-31). The Rich Man considered his sumptuous lifestyle, normal, yet looking down on another fellow human being.

What if the conditions were reversed, so that the Rich Man would be reduced to Lazarus’ situation? Would the Rich Man gracefully accept that condition?  But, more so, would Lazarus feel comfortable seeing his formerly respected benefactor reduced to begging? In his state of humility, Lazarus might have preferred to rescue the despicable former rich man.

In his retributive state, he might gleefully be delighted watching the former rich man’s torment. The parable portrays a scenario where both men renounce their physical lives. Lazarus helplessly watches the former rich man tormented in hell. In my life experiences, I have observed upper-class individuals being reduced to miserable conditions. This includes the murder of potentially successful individuals during and after the senseless liberation war.

Failures of the highest magnitude would be described as success. The question that remains inadequately answered is whether necessary to categorize humans, in this life. Some people deserve to be rewarded effectively, for their hard work, although such considerations do not appeal to matters of responsibility. Imagine a hardworking farmer, agriculturally producing sufficient provisions for his family, but unconcerned with irresponsible neighbours.

He may delight in being the only one with sufficient food, but facing an unexpected challenge on the other side of the pendulum. The influx of hungry people needing food might be more than he would have bargained for. Hungry people would pester him day and night, as being the only route for survival. He may choose to be mean, but find that unsustainable.

He may invest heavily in security, but attracting stressful conditions, threatening his life. This reveals the effects of introversion. Some people are known to rise from poverty to riches, only to lose everything, within a short space of time. The question remains on whether people should be categorized, according to class, or be treated equally. Would there be any danger, if people were treated equally?

Jesus instructed His disciples to treat each other equally, but the greatest being the one providing servitude towards others. Jesus deserves to be taken seriously.  There has not been anyone greater than Jesus, taking the principle of service to its maximum degree. Hence greatness is found in the ability to love, even where there would be sufficient reason to hate.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!  Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:5-11 NIV)

Life is fascinating when taking a step backwards, and observing the general behavior of humanity. Wisdom is despised and treated as stupidity, while stupidity is granted dignity without any basis. When engaging in rational talk, the sentient impressions manifest. Humans know what is right and what is wrong, but everyone blames the government or others for the deteriorating conditions.

What remains farfetched, yet true, is that the responsibility starts with the individual—although feeling incapacitated to change the environment. He/she does not have an answer to how he ended up incapacitated when all are born equal. Is being born into a rich family a privilege, or a disadvantage? The principle of service is the only condition that makes a difference.

Young children project an intrinsic desire to serve rather than do nothing. Redundancy appears as undesirable to normal humans. Criminals become criminals because of redundancy. Every human prefers being involved in some activity of service, rather than being confined to redundancy.

Work is unpleasant, when not identifying with one’s capacity to serve according to his/her talent. Each person was born to be peculiar in this world. Those excelling and succeeding have a passion for executing principles of servitude. Engaging in a profession in which a person is not talented is criminal.

God’s Church provides a model of an ideal organization, where principles of servitude are coordinated systematically. Each serves according to the dictates of the spiritual gifts, without anyone claiming to be better than others. The entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 12 was dedicated to the functionality of the body of Christ. This describes how group members serve according to spiritual gifts.

The useful functions are similar to body organs, whose importance cannot be categorized according to individual parts. Each part serves unconditionally, without comparatively considering the functions of other organs. The same principle is also reiterated in Romans 12, requiring the transformation of one’s mind when serving. Doing the right thing always gives satisfaction, whether for religious purposes or just as an act of goodwill to humanity.

God’s Church is, indeed, a structure-less organism, but more workable than the Marxist structures designed for controlling people. The insolvable problems require new techniques with different approaches. Nothing can be more workable than the model put in place by the author of Christianity. The equality even invalidates gender considerations. Nothing else is more novel.

“But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. So in Christ Jesus, you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:22-28 NIV)

Notice the exclusivity of cultural norms, being what imprisons humanity. There is no reason for God’s children to be categorized according to structural conditions without fundamental principles. Any observed human being portrays God’s image, regardless of shape and size. One of the Ten Commandments, given to the Israelites disqualifies likening God to anything physical. Unbelievable to some, would be that the assertion applies to all humans in their walks of life.

The conditions observed in humans, whether stupid or intelligent, also includes the reality of what was created in God’s image. We commonly categorize people according to what is observed physically, thereby making uninformed conclusions. This becomes different when always keeping in mind that any observed person would be a representation of God. Regardless of how foolish the person might appear to be, he/she bears what cannot be physically observed, but requiring enhancement by the observer.

Forming an opinion of whoever is met or spoken to, on several occasions is very easy. However, an opinion is always a distortion of a viewpoint based on human limitations in understanding. When Jesus asked His disciples about who people thought He was; Jesus knew the ordinarily distorted viewpoint of humanity. He never unnecessarily sought to correct those maintaining their stipulated opinions about Jesus’ status. Hence, He advised His disciples not to divulge the secret.

Anyone does well when emulating Jesus Christ. Seeking to validate one’s status in society is unnecessary, but what is necessary is to do what one is commanded by God to do. God’s work is not about earning popularity or recognition. If Jesus was ridiculed and spat at, by the sinful characters, what more the infamous of this world? The noblest duty for anyone receiving the good news would always be to share or support God’s work, accordingly.

God’s image cannot be seen or measured by physical eyes. All humans were created to be responsible for one another. The term, “It’s not my fault” does not exist in the vocabulary of God’s children. What bothers the person next door should cause the other to lose sleep. This is the message that was primarily illustrated by Jesus when giving a parable of the Good Samaritan. Each person is his brother’s keeper, regardless of race, colour or creed.

Andrew Masuku is the author of Dimensions of a New Civilization, laying down standards for uplifting Zimbabwe from the 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 relief to those having witnessed the strings of unworkable solutions––leading to the current economic and social decay. Most Zimbabweans should find the book as a long-awaited providential oasis of hope, in a simple conversational tone.

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