philosophy

Creating Ripples In The Pond of Society and Culture

There is a great need for transformation in society and culture today, a renewal towards the good for all people that can only be found in Jesus Christ. We see many different groups pushing social reforms driven by their own self-made ideologies that they desire to force onto other people. Behind these ideologues is the will of the self, the flesh, and while they may wholeheartedly believe they are willing the good, they are in fact producing the opposite effect.

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No matter how well intended someone’s motive may be, if the motive does not correlate with scripture, it is then best to set it aside. Does this mean that everything must be religiously driven? It then depends on what you mean by religious. The definition for religious, “the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.”

Most people relate the term religious to that of an organized system of belief that is strictly controlled by people or groups in which presents a type of dictatorship that governs all actions of individuals. But in the context I am using here the term can be better applied to the spiritual truth that encompasses all human beings and was the creator all things. Now, of course I wish to not be to vague as to represent some type of new age concept, but what I do mean in regards to the spiritual truth is the Lord God Himself and not some conceptualization of a type of “energy” or “force.”

In order to be spiritually driven in the proper mode of being, one must diligently search out scripture, and not only in a literal interpretation, but through all interpretative dimensions. The problem many of times is that people tend to view and study scripture from a singular dimensional plain of perception and in due process miss out on several key aspects that are hidden out of plain sight. This is much of the cause of turmoil in several historical settings where corruption seeps in due to misinterpretation, either literal or figurative, both of which signify a one dimensional setting.

The Spirit inhabits several dimensions and reveals Himself through a multitude of different means including the word itself, other people, signs, etc. When you examine the many different means by which the Spirit speaks to us and reveals Himself, we must then conclude that there are several different dimensional plains in which to interpret and understand His word as well. The way in which we can come to better understand and apply the word of God to our lives is by studying in depth by breaking the word down into sub-components, mediating upon them, and then putting them back together.

“Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.”

1 timothy 4:15-16 nkjv

Once we better understand the word of God, the more appropriately and properly we can apply it to our life and exhibit the qualities and characteristics that are desired for the Christian life. Of course, all of this studying and meditating must be accompanied by the presence of the Holy Spirit within our hearts and minds because without it we will not reap the full benefits and acquire the desired knowledge and wisdom that we are trying to seek within the word.

As Christians, we must prepare ourselves with the knowledge of the word and be filled with the Holy Spirit, and then we must be transformed in order to make the ripples in the pond of society and culture. We can obtain all the facts and exhibit plenty of enthusiasm, but if we are not transformed from the inside out we will never make any real impact in the outside world.

Only at this moment can we truly go out into the world and make a difference. It all starts with our own inner being, and from there we can work our way outward. The problem with much of the ideologies that are within the minds of the individuals and groups fighting for social justice is, not only the incoherence with the word of God, but the lifelessness, spiritually speaking, that inhabits them. No matter how well they may articulate or present their ideas, they are ultimately lifeless and without any true value.

“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.”

ephesians 5:6 nkjv

We must exhibit and live out the word within our own lives before we can properly engage with the society and culture around us, otherwise we are nothing but empty noise. Living out the word enables us to speak with power that penetrates the hearts and minds of those around us. Everything we see around us is made up of the Spirit, and thus is a spiritual warfare which requires the power of the Spirit in order to overcome the opposition.

The philosophies and ideological framework in which the social justice warriors push so wholeheartedly are nothing but rooted in the desire for a socialistic agenda that is rooted in the Marxist philosophy and the vision of an ultimate Utopian society. This type of ideology is nestled within the UN’s Agenda 2030 and is a forerunner of the coming one world government and the rise of the Antichrist.

“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.”

1 Corinthians 12:7 nkjv

It is not a religious system or doctrine that makes the changes, but only the Spirit of God working in and through us touching the lives of those we are speaking and helping. If we are driven by a system or church, we have then voided out the work of the Spirit and will ultimately make little to no impact. The Spirit is the life and only when we are led by Him will we see the life manifest itself in the surrounding culture and society.

We are called to be good soldiers of Christ and go out into the world ready to do battle. We are to be the cause of ripples within the fabric of this reality that extend outward to impact our surrounding culture and society. This life is full of chaos and malevolence, but we are over comers in Christ and can truly overcome by being transformed, standing up straight, holding firm and moving forward in the Holy Spirit. What ripples are you making?

-Michael Thacker

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