Following off some comments I made on the last post we come to my second favorite song (yes, “Mockingbird keeps slipping on the charts!). In our cushy culture we have grown accustomed to our Christian pundits giving Christian commentary with their Christian jargon. Problem is, it has lost sight of the spreading of the kingdom of God. It has opted for political issues here on earth – policies rather than pure hearts. We can write millions of papers of legislation, but it will not usher in the new heavens and new earth where righteousness dwells. 1)That is done by the Father; 2) We are to be vessels carrying the news of change with us.

Much of the current cliquey talk in my generation of believers has revoloved around the words “conversation,” “kingdom,” “social justice,” etc. What has happened is the kingdom of God has been reduced to social gospel or watered down to a nebulous talk of something that exists out there. Eternal life is to know the Father and the one who he sent. I fear that with the skepticism in the air with groups such as the Emergent church we are missing the basics of Christian faith. The motto rings: “Question everything.” We should question, but we don’t need to (nor should we) re-formulate the historic foundation the Church has been built on – namely, on the Word of God.

Since there is nothing new under the sun, our task as Christians is to tell the old,old story in new songs and language. Oh, that we would not be archaic and esoteric in our verbiage!

Now the song…
(vs. 1)
who’s your brother, who’s your sister
you just walked passed him
i think you missed her
as we’re all migrating to the place where our father lives
’cause we married in to a family of immigrants

We are pilgrims on a journey home. We have not arrived until the new heavens and new earth arrive here. We press on against the Pit of Despair and the Giant and Sloth and Gluttony, battling the old man that we have crucified with the Christ. I am speaking of Christians, of course.

Too many times lovely language sacrifices true words. If Webb means here that we are passing by the poor man on the street or the man in prison without seeking to give a cup of cold water to him in the name of Jesus, then he is right. However, if he universalizing Jesus’ phrase to say that every person on the street should be seen as a Christian, then he is wrong. Those who are not in Christ are enemies of God and we should be at the plow tilling the soil and sowing the seeds of truth and grace so that a harvest of righteousness will sprout up for the glory of the King of that harvest.

This is why when I meet people I do not call them “brother” or “sister” until I hear their allegiance to Jesus. I will call them “friend” or “buddy” or “pal” or man” or…but not “brother.” This is because they are not my brother until they come under the Lordship of Jesus. I used to be lax in my usage of these terms, but I want to be accurate with what I say and not be the cause of confusion to people who think that Jesus being alright with them is okay with me.

my first allegiance is not to a flag, a country, or a man
my first allegiance is not to democracy or blood
it’s to a king & a kingdom

AMEN. Have we abandoned the resolve of our forebears? Christians were burned like candles in Nero’s courtyard because they would not pledge allegiance to him. Our president is no Messiahe. He will not usher in roghteousness no matter how bad he or we want it.

The United States is not the Garden of Eden. It is east of Eden, brothers and sisters. We, like Jacob, must wrestle to enter into it.

The second line is a little more racey. I believe that democracy is more Christian than say forced communism. However, I cannot say that democracy is Christian. I do live in between two cities and must succumb to the structures of the one where my feet are planted – thus, conceding democracy. But in the new heavens and new earth, there will be a Monarchy recognized and obeyed and served. Heaven is not a Buddhistic utopia where all are equal. Christ will have all things under his feet in submission and joy.

Due to the structures God has blessed us with, and due to indwelling sin, and pagan worship we must let the majority balance the rest. However, my ideal would be to have Christians share all things in common. Would this be a mix of democracy and communism? What do you think? For the record, I do not believe that a totally free capitalistic society is the answer – for the same reasons above.

(vs. 2)
there are two great lies that i’ve heard:
“the day you eat of the fruit of that tree, you will not surely die”
and that Jesus Christ was a white, middle-class republican
and if you wanna be saved you have to learn to be like Him

Whoa. Great lines though if he used the superlative I could not agree with the second. The danger of being pithy is not being true. While there are people out there who equate Christian with Republican, this would be a broad generalization for those who vote Republican because they are Christians. Many who do so are voting due to one issue alone – abortion. I might be swayed to a different position if they worked for justice for the unborn. Enough said.

but nothing unifies like a common enemy
and we’ve got one, sure as hell
but he may be living in your house
he may be raising up your kids
he may be sleeping with your wife
oh no, he may not look like you think

Look in the mirror, this is where you need to start. Look to your family, this is where you need to be faithful in shepherding and raising up a tribe of Christ-treasurers. It is true that enemies unify us. Could this be due to our desire to have a scapegoat for our own problems? It keeps us from looking to ourselves and our culture to be changed. What’s more, evangelical culture at large has made enemies out of a lot of ur neighbors. Bumper stickers that slap people in the face; Slogans that alienate others; pastors who have not preached the WHOLE counsel of God; t-shirts and candy bars and testa-mints and fun/stupid trinkets that set us apart as…holy blazing idiots.