“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!’