“Jubilee theonomy,” I totally snagged that from Pastor Wilson, a timely phrase indeed because I was just thinking of writing about jubilee and what I call the Great Divide between alleged liberals and conservatives.
Jubilee for those who don’t know is, “a special year of remission of sins and universal pardon. In the Book of Leviticus, a Jubilee year is mentioned to occur every fiftieth year, during which slaves and prisoners would be freed, debts would be forgiven and the mercies of God would be particularly manifest.”
Now in my way of thinking we are living in perpetual jubilee, Jesus Christ is our jubilee. As prisoners we have been set free, no longer slaves to fear, our debts forgiven, and the mercies of God are now particularly manifest. Praise the Lord! (continued here)
For the most part, is joyous, but as human beings are wont to do she expresses her disappointment. Where does that come from? The Jubilee is a creature of the Law. Because we cannot obey it, the Law condemns us. That is, because we are incapable of obeying the Law, the Jubilee was great in theory, but a failure in practice.
The Law — the Jubilee — is about government. We can idolize government. What does the worship of government involve? In the United States we have this dream that we can create a system of government that leads to a Utopian world. However, even as ‘s post suggests, the Law is not broken. We are.
Let’s carefully examine this paragraph from ‘s post.
Why then do we not relate to one another in this same spirit? Why are we still taking hostages, making wage slaves out of people, and burdening them with excessive debt? Why are we living in one of the wealthiest countries in the world and yet the top 3% hold all the wealth? Why do we as conservative Christians so often dismiss the poor as lazy, ignore the cries of women who have been abused, and mock those who try to speak of racism? (from here)
Hostages? Slaves. Even if being born again instantaneously transformed Christians into perfectly moral creatures, not all people are Christians. Lots of people, the majority, still see the world as us versus them. Us has always enslaved them. The desire for dominance seems to be a feature of the natural man.
Hoarding wealth? Owning and managing wealth is a gift/skill. Some people just don’t have the capacity or the self-discipline. Put any wealth into their hands, and it is soon wasted. Some do have the capacity to manage wealth. Those that do too often scheme to gain advantages with the help of politicians. When they succeed in working with politicians (that is, engage in crony capitalism) they are able to amass prodigious wealth because the power of government helps them to stifle their competitors.
Do conservative Christians UNFAIRLY dismiss the poor as lazy, ignore the cries of women who have been abused, and mock those who try to speak of racism? Note that added word, “UNFAIRLY”. Note also that not all people who claim to be conservative Christians are both conservative and Christians. Neither can we guarantee the saintliness of poor. In fact, not all women who cry about being abused have been. Some people even stoop to use the charge of racism as a weapon against their political opponents.
So what is it then that conservative Christians are doing that is wrong? Conservatism involves limited government. Conservatives insist that government exists to protect our God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; but we live in a society that is predominantly Socialist in character. Conservative Christians are fighting an uphill battle. Look at our supposed leader. Donald Trump? Is he either a Christian or a Conservative? All I know is that I am still shocked by what he has accomplished. That says a lot for the power of prayer, I think. Whose prayer? Conservative Christians alone? Who knows?
What about social justice? If government is just about protecting our God-given rights, then charity is supposed to be a private matter. Then it becomes the responsibility of each of us to impartially love our neighbor. Then it becomes the responsibility of each of us to behave as did that Good Samaritan whose example Jesus spoke of. Do conservative Christians fail at this point? Of course. We all do.
Consider then how ends her post.
The undeniable truth to me is that far too often the theonomy of the conservative heart is built around pride, prejudice, and privilege. Jubilee for me and not for thee. (from here)
There is a subtle bit of self-deceit to which we are all are prey. Therefore, before we accuse, we need to rephrase our accusations as questions. Therefore, consider this question.
Whose heart is built around pride, prejudice, and privilege? Who does not perceive Jubilee theonomy as something for me and not for thee?
We all tend to have unrealistic expectations. We all think others can do more. We forget others have their own expectations and problems. We forget we don’t share the same priorities. All our hearts are full of “ME”.
What will happen between Jesus’ First and Second Coming? There are lots of theories about what Revelation predicts. Will we humans manage to create a perfectly Christian world? There was a time some Christians hoped for that, but few now see much evidence that supports such a theory. Once many Christians believed things would just keep getting better, but that seems to have collapsed under the evidence provided by two world wars. Even now we sit at the threshold of a third world war.
Still, many secularists hold to a theory of inevitable progress. It is after all, all that they have in this life. If man — if we — cannot save ourselves, and God is not real, then what is left? Since secularists control the mass media, they tend to infect us with their false hopes. To maintain a proper perspective, we need to remember our hope is in Jesus Christ. We need to keep our eyes on Him.
So what about ‘s concern? Are conservative Christians or any kind of Christians doing all they can do? Perhaps I err, but I think that is for our Lord to decide. Remember His words to Peter?
John 21:20-23 New King James Version (NKJV)
20 Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” 21 Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?”
22 Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”
23 Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?”
Why did Peter ask Jesus that question? What would he have done if Jesus had given him an answer? Any good? Was Peter fit to judge what Jesus had chosen for John?
We each can only spread the Gospel. How our fellow Christians choose to follow Jesus, because He is the One who gives each of us a new heart, is not something we can change. We each can only follow our Lord as best we can.