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  • Writer's pictureJohn Whitehead

The Lunacy of Dunces

At present, I feel we are surrounded by the “lunacy of dunces”. What alarms me is how fervently this lunacy is being embraced. My frustration is probably highest with those who are leading the Church of Jesus Christ in America today.

The biblical precept we must remember is in Ephesians 1:23, “the world is peripheral to the Church, the Church is not peripheral to the world”. Yet even as I say it, I know it is not true in many of today’s churches. Here is where we see lunacy being lived out as churches mirror culture by embracing cultural issues with both intention and zeal.

There seems to be no end in sight as churches adhere to every mandate given by government by using scriptural references to justify their willingness to submit to those in authority over us without objection.

Ironically, I believe this is precisely what those who impose these mandates and push these issues of division are counting on and today’s Church is playing right into their hands.

The idea if we just love people, they will embrace Christ, has proven to be difficult. We must acknowledge following the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not the goal of the world. In fact, the world is trying to convince people of faith to embrace an entirely different gospel.

Even so, we see churches, both denominational and independent, standing up against perceived injustices by standing with Marxist organizations such as Antifa and Black Lives Matters. All while believing doing so, will change the Church’s standing with these groups.

The flaw in this type thinking is seen in the issues themselves which have been designed to be divisive with a primary goal being the destruction to the Church itself.

The truth is, if by seeking to be agents of change, we succumb to the premise we must learn to empathize and address how everyone feels, we may find, it will not be issues or groups that destroy us, we will do that on our own.

The Church is called to be a beacon of light in the middle of the darkness that feelings can bring, but it must be our faith, not our emotions, that drives us to shine that light.

We have a choice to make today which will have a profound effect on tomorrow. We must choose to stand up for Christ and His Church even when it is deemed unpopular or to give into the “lunacy of dunces” by embracing the popular.

Remember, it was the established culture of the day that led Jesus to the Cross. They were willing to sacrifice the “One” to preserve their own way of life. If we do not think the lunacy of today’s culture will destroy the Church for the same reason, then we truly are “dunces”.

Ephesians 1:23, “The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ's body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence.”

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