Do you remember the story about the daughter who came home from college after semester break and set her parents down and told them the “bad news”? She said to them, “I have a big confession to make. I dropped out of school. I was arrested for smoking pot and I decided to get a tattoo. But that’s not all. I’m pregnant.”
You can imagine the shock of their daughter’s confession.
Then, the daughter quickly let them know that none of this really happened, but she did receive a failing grade in biology. Smart girl! She prepared her parents for the real news by softening the blow with a much more horrible but “fake” news. Perspective is everything. After all, how could a failing grade possibly compare with the first story she told them at the beginning?
The Intended Perspective
What is your perspective of the world today? How do you see things? How does that change the way you think and what you do or don’t do? How does your perspective influence your attitude and emotional state? Perhaps more significantly, how does it sway your theology – what you believe about what the Bible says and means? Is it God’s perspective or your perspective?
The reason I ask these questions is because we are in the midst of a ruthless war for control of our perspective. Turn on the TV and watch the news – liberal or conservative. Whether it’s the daily news or political news or education or sports or even religion, it’s all designed overtly and covertly to condition your perspective. It’s daily, it’s subtle and it’s effective. The manufactured perspective is to drive you to their intended outcome – control of your perspective!
How Our Perspective is Conditioned
I recently received a blog article from Jon Rappoport (https://NoMoreFakeNews.com/) wherein he related what “a prominent professor” at a Northeastern university told him “off the record” for fear he would be fired:
“Political and economic crises are being manufactured all the time. It’s basically psychological warfare, because one feels these endless crises can’t be solved. People just give up. And when they do, who do they turn to? Government. Government will handle things. That’s a sign that freedom is no longer a priority. It’s going into the dustbin of history.”
Indeed, at every level, we are being conditioned to believe there is no hope except to give up our natural and God-given rights to life, liberty and property in exchange for the security of government shepherding. Or, the anticipation of the “blessed hope” – the soon coming of the Lord Jesus Christ as our remedy to victory over this darkness. Because, you see, our nation’s and the global situation is beyond remedy – beyond our ability to deal with it. But, is that our conditioned perspective?
Toward a Biblical Perspective
The question that must be asked and searched out in the Bible is this: simply, what is God’s perspective? What does the Bible say? How critical biblical theology is in our time. How important it is that the whole council of God be studied and understood to get God’s perspective.
Is God able to work today in and through His Covenant People in their local assemblies to conquer the present dominion of darkness and manifest His Kingdom? Or not?
Have we forgotten that the God of our fathers created the first Adam to take dominion and the second Adam, Jesus Christ, to re-establish that lost dominion?
In my daily Bible reading, I am continually amazed and encouraged by the many men of God who believed that their God was able. Today I read about King Saul’s son, Jonathan, who boldly encountered a Philistine outpost. Though vastly outnumbered, he inquired about a word from the Lord if victory would be his “by few or by many.” It was Jonathan and his armor bearer that would kill 20 Philistine warriors. The victory was “by few.”
The biblical perspective weighs the odds in favor of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The conditioned perspective weighs the odds in favor of the powers-that-be. A conditioned perspective concludes “no hope.” The biblical perspective concludes:
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21
Manifest the Kingdom!
Lawrence Blanchard, ND, MDiv
Homecoming Conference 2020
Pastor Everett Ramsey and his wife, Linda, will be hosting the 2020 Homecoming Conference on April 3-5, 2020 in Branson, Missouri. There will be a number of speakers at this conference including: Pastor Ramsey, Pastor Charles Jennings, Pastor Dave Barley, Pastor Dan Gayman, Pastor Don Elmore, and yours truly, Lawrence Blanchard.
The conference center where this gathering will take place can hold a maximum of 350 people. Registration has already begun, so if you plan on attending, I urge you to pre-register with Linda Ramsey as soon as possible to reserve your spot. Please call 417-967-2011 or 314-814-1148 to register. When the 350 limit is reached, this opportunity will be closed.
When you pre-register with Linda, she will give you the hotel information to make your reservations and the conference code to use for the group discount.
There is no cost to attend this conference except for your own lodging, food and travel expenses to get to Branson. However, a love offering will be taken to help cover the conference costs.
I hope to see you there!