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The Perfect Villain, Post Seven

Time does not do what we claim for it. Time does not fly. Time does not drag. Time does not stretch out endlessly.

Time was not. Time is now. Time will end.

Time exists only where (and when) time can be measured. Eternity stretches out on both sides of time, beginning and end. Time ends and human history ends with it, insofar as being a race apart from God.

Time is the place where humans build their cities. Eternity is the place where God builds the City of God. Human cities crumble, stumble, perish and fail. The eternal City of God never “shows its age” with the cracks of the pavement.

To live in the City of God requires an invitation from the One who rules there. This One is greater than all the other ones; transcends gender, includes in the divine nature the better aspects of each; never dies; cannot do evil; does not seduce others to do evil on behalf of the Godself. God lives sentiently; benefits all kinds with every sort of happy benevolence; loves sensuously; never depends on senses only; never, ever condemns the sensate being for being a sensate being.

The City of God, the merciful, then, is not just a place, like the cities of humankind. The City of God exists in eternity, overlapping time. Time finally surrenders. God remains and reigns victorious.

The God of the City comes into human history. The Common Man, the Perfect Villain, dwells with humankind. While present, the Christ demonstrates how we should live with one another, as well as how we ought to live before God. The Christ fills up time with Godself.

In what we call the Gospel Story of John in the Christian New Testament, in what we call chapters thirteen and fourteen, there are recorded four conversations between the troubled Christ and four of his blissfully ignorant closest friends:  Peter, who must learn to resist the devil who lives in his own tongue; Thomas who must be told to eschew spectating for following; Phillip, who must hear Jesus order him to stop being a follower and start to be a believer; Judas the Lesser, who inspires Jesus to tell him he, Judas, not Iscariot, to stop being a believer and start to be a champion.

They must, each man, learn to do what Jesus says. They must learn to obey in time. Eternity beckons, the abyss stretches wide its maw; time will end and so must not be wasted. Obviously, to the Christ, what we do in time matters in eternity.

Music, you know, has its time, too. Let a singer get the melody, learn the lyrics, harmonize, but step out of time. The result is, well, bagpipes. It is time to get in time before we run out of time.

One thing time will do as advertised. Time will run out on you.

The Perfect Villain, Post Six

Follow God? Obey God? Sacrifice for God? I barely want anything to do with God. That is, if God is only or mostly the silly, smug person presented in our dumbed down churches. God better be better than what we hear, or what is the point? Most Americans could attain the same things we get… Continue Reading

A Perfect Villain, Post Five

If you read here at all, you understand my preference for Christianity over all other religions and, indeed, my preference for Christianity over no religion at all. If I prefer Christianity (and I do) it is because I prefer the Person of the Christ over the Face(s) of other Faith(s). The Christ is extraordinarily competent,… Continue Reading

Perfect Villian, Post Two

Months ago I promised a second post to the one just previous to this one. I promised it “tomorrow.” Months ago. My tomorrows almost never get here.   The Perfect Villain, Post Two Long, long ago, before the word villain meant evil, or enemy, it meant ordinary. Plainness was villainy. Commonness implied evil, denoted the… Continue Reading

Alternative Facts

For once, those of us who find our rest in Christian Theology may have understand the words of a political superstar better than other persons who trade only in data. When Kellyanne Conway said she was going to put forward some “alternative facts,” theologians smiled wistfully. We were happy to here an Empirical, data driven… Continue Reading

A Refugee, An Immigrant and a Pilgrim…

…are remarkably similar, if we think about it. Each one is a person moving through a reality not of their own making. Each one needs some kind of motion, some plan of action and, frankly, some help along the way. Since each one moves through a reality they do not make each may move physically,… Continue Reading

The Dearth of Democracy

One of the great old Athenian thinkers departed the deliberative body one day, never to return. Something different, something new and frightening repulsed him. “When the voting began,” he told his inquisitors, “the democracy ceased.” We are thousands of years removed from this fine thinker, whose name is lost to history, if he ever actually… Continue Reading

April 3, 2016 Is Not A Launch Day, It Is Just Our First Day…

…to teach/preach through the Bible, beginning in Genesis 1:1. I have not idea where all this will take us. I do invite you to attend. Freedom Community Church in Midlothian, Texas has offered us space to hold an early worship time at their facility, 5360 Buffalo Street in the Buffalo Hills Addition off Hwy. 287… Continue Reading

Mr. Trump: What He Says

Mr. Trump is oft maligned for what he does not say. He will not give many details about he would do as POTUS. In a recent Dallas speech, Mr. Trump revealed these secrets: The hair on his head is his own hair and only his hair. He is a winner who will make America a… Continue Reading