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Wokeness and the Church

My response to this excellent article:

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/baylor-why-wokeness-is-a-big-deal-live-not-by-lies/

I really appreciate the author’s intelligence and ability to think and write well. It is very informative and helpful for me to understand the issues more thoroughly. One, thing, though is that he writes with a seeming lack of hope in the sovereignty of the Lord and the mandate to His bride—the Church. True, the Church has in many ways been impotent, unwilling to take its rightful place as the Bride of Jesus and instead abdicating to lesser powers and beliefs. But he speaks about his faith with what comes across as more of a nominal tip-of-the hat instead of a deep-rooted belief that God is on the move and that the Body of Christ needs to find out what is on the heart of the Lord and partner with Him in that. For that is how racism and racial injustice is destroyed—by the power of God. We as the Church have a mandate to destroy the works of the devil. There needs to be a call to do that! The woke left is not the enemy. Our battle is not with flesh and blood but against principalities and powers in the air.

In summary, I wholly believe we as believers need to be educate and inform ourselves with resources like this one. But it saddens me that the brightest minds are so much on the defense instead of on the offense. We have a mandate to bring heaven to Earth! We cannot hole up and wait until Jesus comes back.

Response

That is an interesting and challenging paraphrase by Dallas Willard. I am impressed by it.

BTW, what is TPT?

TPT

TPT stands for The Passion Translation

https://www.thepassiontranslation.com/

Profound Paraphrase

I was recently exposed to--and greatly impacted by--a paraphrase, by Dallas Willard, of what many would consider to be common verses in Scripture, Mark 1:14-15:

"All the preliminaries have been taken care of, and the kingdom of God is now accessible to everyone. Review your plans for living, and base your life on this remarkable opportunity."

Have we taken such a high-level perspective of these verses that we never actually considered what Jesus meant when He spoke these words? Do we actually believe this? Does this impact our day-to-day at every possible level?

For comparison purposes:

Mark 1:14-15 TPT
Later on, after John the Baptizer was arrested, Jesus went back into the region of Galilee and preached the wonderful gospel of God’s kingdom realm. [15] His message was this: “At last the fulfillment of the age has come! It is time for the realm of God’s kingdom to be experienced in its fullness! Turn your lives back to God and put your trust in the hope-filled gospel!”

Mark 1:14-15 ESV
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, [15] and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Mark 1:14-15 NIV
After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. [15] “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”