I have often wondered why friends remain inert and insensitive to the religious illusions in which they live; why some live in a glass ceiling that stunts their being and is invisible to their sight; why denominations live in doctrine that subverts the Kingdom Jesus began and call it an improvement or new light; why ignorance of the new covenant is so commonly regarded as the Christian life; why the Christian Industry is so successful in holding itself up to admiration and so many Christian Consumers in spiritual dependency; why a certain kind of gifted pastor can think success is the creation of a church of 3000 lemmings and why much of Christianity is smothered in a counterfeit of itself - the knowledge of good and evil with a Christian bent. Why has the Enemy been so successful in making us think the kingdom of man is the Kingdom of God?

One reason might be an accomodation to illusions and an unwillingness to embrace new and liberating ideas.

Let’s be clear. Donald Trump is not a menace to world peace because he treats women badly. He is a threat to the order of the world because he is a person of poor character, limitless ego and consummate foolishness.
I listened to Michelle Obama’s speech made in response to the misogyny of Donald Trump and his presumptuous seeking of the presidency of the United States. Hers was a powerful and moving speech of the kind not given by the ‘glass half full brigade’ who try so hard to be even handed that they say nothing and it sounds like it. Truth Telling is apolitical, always moving to the sensitive of heart and always alive. Declaring the truth takes courage. It is the fruit of discernment and is profoundly subversive of vested selfishness and folly. If you are a genuine follower of Jesus there will be much about you that will create conflict.

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

There is a reason for the triviality of the pundits, the feeble-mindedness of the masses and the impotence of spiritual and secular leadership. It’s lack of vision. Waleed Aly speaks to this issue in the annual Andrew Olie Media Lecture. He writes

“The reason they can think so fast is that they aren't really thinking very much. Rather, they're thinking in "received ideas”. [These are] banal, conventional, common ideas that are received generally. By the time they reach you, these ideas have already been received by everybody else, so reception is never a problem.

Communication is instantaneous because, in a sense, it has not occurred; or it only seems to have taken place…[it] work[s] because everyone can ingest [these ideas] immediately … [ He means ideas that are commonly mistaken by the illiterate and naive as ‘common sense.’]

At the opposite end of the spectrum, thought, by definition, is subversive. It begins by taking apart "received ideas" and then presents the evidence in a demonstration, a logical proof… Making an argument like this takes time, since you have to set out a series of propositions connected by "therefore," "consequently," "that said," "given the fact that…" Such a deployment of thinking thought, of thought in the process of being thought, is intrinsically dependent on time.”

Such thought is seldom the province of the 55 year old conservative living out of the ideas they have worn like stale clothes since they were 17. Neither do they come from those who don’t read, who despise thinking and whose attention spans are much shorter than their fingernails.

‘Thinking thought’ is dependent on time. Also on truth. It depends on an unconditional commitment to truth in the face of our most long-held and comforting, yet mistaken ideas of what truth actually is.

Thinking thought and the advance into the new creation is never the province of natural thinking. Neither does it belong to those who have been immunised against the truth by false doctrine and by beliefs that are an illusion and a ploy of anti-christ. Immunised to truth and light, their ears do not hear and their eyes do not see. But they plod on in an un-gospel that is inherently incapable of producing spirit and life and hence of delivering the world into the Kingdom of God’s light.

Vision comes from the Source of Life and Light. Vision is a person - the light of the world. Imagination, creativity, reform and regeneration is found with Jesus as our life. Vision and sightedness are ours when our commitment to Jesus is
commitment to Jesus irrespective of any consequence this may have for ourselves or for others. We can settle for being a plodder living within the limits of our perspective and the conceit of our imagined specialness and our contribution to theology that negates the Kingdom of God. But we should never expect to be a harbinger of spirit, life and vision if we limit ourselves with the thought, “ I will follow you Lord, as long as I am able to stay within the boundaries of my denominational beliefs.’ Here we can expect many hopeful beginnings and multiple serial fade-outs. But never an unending advance into the fullness of Christ.

‘If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!’ 2 Cor 3.9 NIV.

Unconditional commitment to Jesus - to the Jesus who is God's Son and the Jesus of the Bible as distinct from the Jesus of Ellen White and her distortion of the Bible gifts us with revelation and wisdom. Only in this Jesus are the veils removed.

Competence to minister the Kingdom is ours to the extent that we are rooted in our Father by the at-one-ment of Jesus, so that we multiply Jesus in the Spirit of Sonship and the authority of our Father as Jesus did. The patrician Paul was once in the same position as the plebeian blind man whom Jesus healed by rubbing mud on His eyes. We only see anything in the Son of Man. But along with this man of common origins the apostle Paul - once mired in the law - became the apostle of the free spirit. He accepted that once he was blind. ‘But now I can see!’