(Re-edited from an earlier post)
In science, a catalyst is a substance that must be present for a chemical reaction to happen, but it is not consumed or changed by the reaction. The platinum found in every catalytic converter in cars is an example. It’s presence in necessary for the converter to do its job but when the converter is no longer able to perform its duty, the platinum is recovered to be reused in another, new converter. In a sense, Christians should also be catalysts for positive, kingdom oriented change, in all of our communities around the world. But at the same time, we are not participating in the evil of the world.
Romans 12: 2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Do you know there are thousands of individual ministries and foundations that are working separately and many times alone to build the Kingdom of God in the Western world? They are separated by language, customs, the Bible they read, the doctrines they follow, and even the attitudes presented by the men and women who lead those organizations. It is as though everyone is working to achieve the same goal by doing their own thing without any collective support, but that which they have been able to earn by their own work and effort. These organizations are working as Lone Rangers riding alone in the wild west with a horse and only one friend, (Tonto.)
Though we are not part of the system of the world, (our true home is heavenly with our Lord Jesus Christ), we are called to build the household of Christ by inspiring people we know to seek Him because of our love. As a collective household, we can be a formidable force for positive change, but as a divided family, our impact is greatly diminished. But when we treat brethren within the Body of Christ as enemies simply because they do not believe just as we do or attend our fellowship, we’ve totally negated our impact altogether.
Galatians 5: 15 “But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.”
How well is it really working out? Each generation of children since 1963 has a greater percentage of professing Agnostics and Atheists. Our country is nearly equally divided now between those who believe and those who have chosen not to believe in God. Each election for the last 20 years has become increasingly polarized. Liberals are becoming more antagonistic against Conservatives. It appears that the current strategy is really not working to build the Kingdom of God, but serving to build the system of the world, (turning our children into followers of devilish doctrines instead of followers of Jesus Christ.) In the process of alienating ourselves from each other by criticizing each other’s doctrine, speaking evil of our brethren, and even showing partiality and judgment, we’ve become better example of evil instead of examples of love. At the same time, the world around us that reject God, appears to be better examples of love, instead of evil.
Conservatives have become isolated from liberals. Lines of open and honest communication are being severed in favor of promoting separate agendas. That is part of the polarization process. But in the process we have also disavowed many old friends and family members that are proven liberal. We have cut off communication and no longer associate with them. At the same time, they may have done the same because they just don’t want to hear about God, and they don’t care about the things God has done for us. So we are no longer an example of God’s love and concern for our lives, we can’t show them that God is real and living.
Consider what happened to Ellen Degeneres when she was photographed with former President Bush at a ball game. Yes, she is liberal, yes, she is a lesbian, yes, she is a vocal celebrity. But she is also a human being with both conservative and liberal friends and has the absolute, God given right to live her life in the way she chooses to live it. Liberals have condemned her for having a conservative friend in George Bush. Conservatives condemn her for being liberal. There is no need for her to endure condemnation simply for being independent, individual, and human. I applaud her for speaking up and defending her right to have anyone as her friend whether they are liberal or conservative. She is a catalyst for good will, friendship, and open communication between liberals and conservatives.
We, as conservatives, can learn by her example, (as well as liberals.) We can learn how to become a catalyst for the Kingdom of God by becoming more inclusive and less divisive of one another. Less divisive, meaning the willingness to allow open communication between believers and leadership of competing Christian churches, even though they have very different beliefs and doctrines concerning Christ. Inclusive, meaning the willingness to honestly consider the objections that liberals have against conservative, God fearing believers. These objections may be irreconcilable differences, but they also reveal what is happening to our culture and what our children must be able to face and overcome to remain believers of God and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We need to learn how to support one another and still respect the goals, doctrines, and desires our brother in Christ has for their own ministry or organization. We may even need to consider the merits of the ideas that a liberal would bring up to us. We can become a catalyst for proving God is real, God is love, and God is a miracle working God of Power through our lives, our love, and our example. That is one of the reasons why I wrote “Rules for Radical Christians.” I can’t be an active part of your life and ministry when I don’t know you. But I know the information presented in this book will benefit your ministry and your life because we both follow the same Lord, (Jesus Christ), worship the same God, (The Creator and Father of our Lord), and have the same connection, (The Holy Spirit). Maybe this book can become a catalyst for building the Kingdom of God in all our conservative lives and organizations.
It was written to reveal the tactics used by liberals successfully for the last 75 years. These tactics were taught by Saul Alinsky verbally since 1948, and openly in print since 1972 all over the country and embraced by social activists, both liberal and conservative. However, the tactics are devilish and subversive in nature. Being devilish, they carry spiritual power that conservative Christians need to recognize. When we can recognize devilish power in operation, we are commanded to avoid such devilish operation. If we continue to follow his tactics for social reform, we are complicit in undermining our own Godly agendas for culture reform. We cannot use devilish tactics to accomplish Godly goals. This is the disconnect that conservative, God fearing believers haven’t noticed.
If we really want to change an ungodly culture to point it towards God, we have to use God’s proven tactics. Conservative attempts to impose church doctrine into general culture have always proven faulty. To impose church doctrine into an ungodly or non believing population at large only increases hatred against that doctrine even though the intention is well meaning. God doesn’t expect us to impose His will onto unbelievers. If we try to impose our will upon others, especially those who are fighting against us, we are not catalysts for change, but active parts of the “reaction” causing change. In the process we are consumed and some of us even adopt the ways of the world in order to assimilate ourselves into the world order. We are not changing them, but they are changing us.
He expects us to prove His power and live His love in such a way that our lives encourage unbelievers to seek Him through us. We are not called to build Jesus’ church, but to proclaim the Kingdom of God. Jesus said, “I will build my church.” (Matt 16: 18) Jesus is the active part of the “reaction,” but it takes our presence, prayers, and proclamation to activate His power in the world. Though it appears that we are active by being present, praying, and speaking the truth, our intelligence and logic have no effect upon the spiritual powers driving the course of the world. It is our faith in Jesus Christ and in His power and ability that makes the difference because He is the true active power that defeats the world. We are only the catalyst. Our presence is necessary to direct and release His authority and power against His enemies. By the way, His enemies are spiritual.
We have to look at the way the first century church accomplished culture change in its day. They knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that their battle against the world was spiritual. They knew that their logic and reason had no effect against their enemies, but only the power of the risen Lord Jesus Christ. We have to return to the recognition of the spiritual battle we are part of, and misunderstand so much. The power to make a change against spiritual enemies is not dependent upon our knowledge of doctrine or scripture, but our trust in Jesus’ ability to overcome evil because of His name, His authority, and His position at God’s right hand. We can not convince the world to become godly by quoting scripture or church doctrine, by reasoning with the world, or by enticement. We simply do not have the power to overcome devil spirits or devilish doctrines by our reason or flesh.
The Body of Christ that is weak in faith is a powerless and divided group of fear, filled people working independently of one another. As we each personally and individually build our faith in Jesus through the Holy Spirit, we collectively become a faith, filled and believing body of believers. A faith, filled and believing Body of Christ is united by the Holy Spirit and its strength rests upon Jesus Christ instead of the logic and intelligence of the flesh. Our divided doctrines no longer have any meaning or affect because we are united in Christ spiritually and our trust is no longer directed to ourselves or our church leadership, but upon God and the Lordship of Jesus Christ instead. Isn’t this the real goal for every Christian church regardless of its doctrinal position? To help its followers build a strong and vital trust in Jesus Christ?
With a strong and vital personal relationship with God, our faith in Jesus’ ability to overcome any spiritual power and situation becomes built. This is the purpose of the book below; to reveal the nature of the spiritual war we are fighting and expose the tools and tactics of God that will defeat the ungodly tactics we were employing for the last 75 years. It reveals a practical series of steps to help any believer build their own personal relationship with God Almighty through the Holy Spirit given by Jesus Christ. W. Edwards Deming said: “If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.” The book below reveals the process that will allow any Christian believer walking by the reason and logic of the flesh to gain trust in the way the Holy Spirit works within them. As trust is built within the believer that the revelation of the Holy Spirit is true and always agrees with the written Word of God, faith is strengthened upon God. As our faith in God gets stronger individually, then our collective faith in God also strengthens. This is what allows the Body of Christ to make an impact upon unbelievers because we are proving God’s reality, God’s authority, and God’s love. Now, we are catalysts for change.