Karpas - Christ the Commander
To tell you the truth I've always had a similar view of Christ as a grown man to that expressed in this article by Doug Giles.
As a man I've always thought of Christ as being like an excellent military Commander, a true Crusading Commander. Not the kind of Crusader who desires to conquer and kill but the kind of Commander who is willing to risk the dangerous thing, to lead where other men will not, to do the impossible, who fears nothing and who any man could be proud to serve with, and follow.
The kind of Crusading Commander who says, "We're not taking this shit anymore, we're taking name and kicking ass gentlemen, and you boys are gonna work harder than at any time in your life, and when you're sure you're finished then you're gonna work even harder."
I can admire such a leader, and can easily see myself following such a man, because I do. I can easily see myself aligned with such a Savior in order to struggle for the Kingdom of God, both within myself and on the Earth. I've never much cared for the effeminate idea of Christ, because I see so little evidence that the man was effeminate. He certainly possessed abilities and traits many would consider effeminate; Forgiveness, Mercy, Grace, Patience, Peace, and these traits were immensely important but those same traits were also balanced by Justice, Strength, Toughness, Fearlessness in Struggle and inexhaustible Courage.
In short I see Him as a Model Man, a Gifted Savior, shrewd, cunning, strong, patient, an impeccable leader, Son of his Father.
When I personally think of Christ I think of enormous strength, and just to be honest the kind of man I'd like to be.
So I thought some of you might enjoy this article on the Eve before Christmas Eve.
When Jesus Christ got injected into the human mix two thousand plus years ago, from the cradle to the cross, He was a lightning rod of controversy. His incarnation heated up the culture war more than O’Reilly could ever dream of doing.
Immanuel’s arrival upon the scene caused demon inspired, political idiots to try to kill Him while He was still cooing and pooing in His pampers. The dragon no likey his party getting ruined, and ruin it the Prince of Peace did.
The initial message the Wonderful Counselor preached, according to Dr. Luke’s take, ticked off the crowd He was addressing so thoroughly that they attempted to throw Him off a cliff. He nailed that haughty mob for the crud they were practicing—and He did so publicly. In public. Ouch. Snap! That’s not very “Christian” of Christ.
In reality (on this planet), Jesus received minimal accolades. No lucrative gigs with the Premier Speakers Bureau; no “isn’t He so nice let’s put Him on Oprah” invite; no fat, Creflo Dollar like honorariums; no limousine chariot services. He got nada, nothing, zilch, zero, zippo—and for those who haven’t seen The Passion of the Christ yet, it sorta got even rougher.
Today in our radically wussified, politically correct state of bland, we won’t embrace this Christ because He’d so get under our skin. And we like our skin. The truth of the matter is that what Jesus said and did caused more discomfort to man’s me-monkey human spirit than cheap Tequila and three bags of pork rinds drenched in hot sauce would to Martha Stewart’s colon (insert deep belch and loud fart noise here).
It’s funny that a bunch of churchgoers who worship Jesus probably wouldn’t hire Him to be their pastor today because He was too much of a hellrazer. His solid/ acidic, anti-bovine scatology posture towards politicians, priests, pet sins, oppressors and others who were playing games with God and man equates a resume that most pastoral search committees wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pew.
Y’know, most of us forget the above when we see sweet baby Jesus lying in a manger. Because of our rank illiteracy regarding the scripture, our prejudiced and politically correct approach to the Bible that’s custom tailored a Jesus of our own imaginations, we have developed a deep distaste for anything but a bespoke and neutered little “g” god.
My prayer for you and yours, our churches and our nation is that we flush the feckless, Lysol-disinfected, feminine hygiene Jesus we’ve created to mollycoddle our madness and go back to the rowdy Christ that would, lovingly of course, shake us into shape.
So, as we’re clicking our mouse and melting our plastic this holiday season in homage to the birth of heaven’s Beowulf, why don’t we go the second mile and follow His example by being more rowdy for righteous stuff in ’07. Yeah, that’s it. Make 2007 one where the clash aspects of Christ’s nature are emphasized. Possibly, by so doing, we will see personal sin, aggressive secularism and militant Islam get staved off like never before.
Have a merry contrarian Christmas and a happy, hellrazing New Year.
* Logon to www.ClashRadio.com and watch Giles’ new video blurb, “It’s Going To Get Rough, So Put On a Cup.” Also, check out Doug’s interview Dr. Elizabeth Kantor, author of the book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature. Giles gets the skinny from Kantor on what PC English professors don’t want you to learn from, Beowulf, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Jane Austen,T. S. Eliot, Flannery O’Connor and others.
Doug Giles is the creator and host of The Clash radio shows, winners of seven Silver Microphone Awards and two Communicator Awards in the last three years, and a contributing columnist on Townhall.com.
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