The Sad State of What Passes for a Christian Church in These Times…
© Claremont United Methodist Church/ Karen Clark Ristine California nativity scene depicts Jesus, Mary and Joseph as caged family separated at border
Sadly, more lost becoming further lost. Not discerning, rightly dividing the Word and turning the most important event in world history — God coming to earth as fully God, fully man to in a short period of years sacrifice Himself on a tree as the Second Adam for the salvation of any and all who believe upon Him and obey Him — into yet another political 3-ring circus.
Placing politics far above God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the inerrant infallible living Word of God.
Misusing Scripture to suit and push a worldly political agenda.
I pray those walking in such darkness enter into the Light, the Truth, and the Way before the next most important event in all of world history — the return of Jesus Christ the Lord as written in Revelation 19. Because then it will be far to late for any and all.
There is an increasing sickness, a gripping within the spirit and soul of professed Christians by the Evil One to distract, take away from the true, pure, clean, simple message of the gospel. Further corruption, erosion and darkness pushing into the light.
A spiritual cancer spreading. Believing the lie rather than the truth. Believing it is doing “good” and doing the Lord’s work misunderstanding, never truly grasping the full context, the all of Scripture and only living on a very select and then twisted, corrupted verses, passages and words rather than ingesting and being nourished well of the whole of it.
And most ignore. Or nod in agreement with such things. I write now of those professing to be Christians in these times. Themselves much more concerned with the matters and ways of the world over spiritual matters, the things of Jesus, of the gospel, of the whole complete Genesis to Revelation Holy Bible, than the things of heaven and eternal life.
Such is the sick, sad, broken, sorry state of not only this world — but the professed church. The body is sorely ill. As it neglects the Head. Attempts to bring the Head down to its level rather than rising to meet the Head in service, pray, study and obedience.
Dear ones, do not let this corrupting cancer enter in and touch your lives. Know we’re in a spiritual war the likes of which the world has and never will see again — but that means knowing and keeping our priorities straight. Yes, aware of current events (much here on ACP is to make aware of current world events) but not to misplace those current events of greater importance in any of our lives than our spirtual condition. How we are to the Lord.
Awareness but not immersion or being swept away.
There is a great difference. A fine line.
Know them and be not only aware — but beware. To not get caught up in the world to such a degree.
Pray, pray continually and humbly to the Lord all those professing to be Christian while in truth serving this world and he who has dominion over it for a season, the devil, pray they have the scales removed from their eyes, their stiff-necks loosed, their distant and distracted hearts truly kindled and aflame for the Lord. The truth of Scripture. Not tainted. Not corrupted. Not manipulated for worldly ways of agendas. Not taken out of context. Rather rightly discerned and known.
Pray those walking in darkness, of false doctrines, unsound doctrines and ways are freed from the bondage of this world, as genuine regeneration, transformation by the Holy Spirit in faith of Jesus as Lord brings happens in each of their individual lives. While there is still time. While a merciful, patient and loving God and Saviour bless them with their next breath, their next heartbeat. And were it not for that and Them…
ACP — A Crooked Path
Monday, December 9th, 2019
California nativity scene depicts Jesus, Mary and Joseph as caged family separated at border
By Aris Folley
December 9, 2019
Reprinted from: The Hill
A church in California is capturing widespread attention online after a photo emerged of its new nativity scene, which depicts the Holy Family in cages to symbolize migrant families that were separated at the southern border under the Trump administration.
In a photo posted to Facebook by Karen Clark Ristine, who NBC News identified as a senior minister at the Claremont United Methodist Church, figures depicting Jesus, Mary and Joseph could be seen placed in cages in the nativity scene.
Ristine described the Holy Family as “the most well-known refugee family in the world” in the post on Saturday.
“Shortly after the birth of Jesus, Joseph and Mary were forced to flee with their young son from Nazareth to Egypt to escape King Herod, a tyrant. They feared persecution and death,” she wrote, asking: “What if this family sought refuge in our country today?”
“Imagine Joseph and Mary separated at the border and Jesus no older than two taken from his mother and placed behind the fences of a Border Patrol detention center,” she continued, adding: “In the Claremont United Methodist Church nativity scene this Christmas, the Holy Family takes the place of the thousands of nameless families separated at our borders.”
Ristine said the Holy Family “is reunited” in another nativity scene inside the church.
Facebook post by Karen Clark Ristine on Saturday:
Stirred to tears by the Claremont UMC nativity. Inside the church, the Holy Family is reunited.
The theological statement posted with the nativity: In a time in our country when refugee families seek asylum at our borders and are unwillingly separated from one another, we consider the most well-known refugee family in the world. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, the Holy Family. Shortly after the birth of Jesus, Joseph and Mary were forced to flee with their young son from Nazareth to Egypt to escape King Herod, a tyrant. They feared persecution and death.
What if this family sought refuge in our country today?
Imagine Joseph and Mary separated at the border and Jesus no older than two taken from his mother and placed behind the fences of a Border Patrol detention center as more than 5,500 children have been the past three years.
Jesus grew up to teach us kindness and mercy and a radical welcome of all people.
He said: “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Matthew 25:35
In the Claremont United Methodist Church nativity scene this Christmas, the Holy Family takes the place of the thousands of nameless families separated at our borders.
Inside the church, you will see this same family reunited, the Holy Family together, in a nativity that joins the angels in singing “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace and good will to all.” Luke 2:14
Her post, which went up on Saturday night, has racked up more than 17,000 shares and nearly 6,000 reactions as of Sunday night.
However, Ristine’s church is not the first to condemn migrant family separations under the Trump administration. A Massachusetts church similarly used its nativity scene to take aim at family separations that resulted from the Trump administration’s controversial “tolerance” policy one year ago.
The “zero-tolerance” policy that was implemented under the Trump administration last year led to the separations of hundreds of migrant families at the southern border. Trump signed an executive order ending the policy just a few months after it was first adopted along the border amid sharp bipartisan backlash and much public opposition.
However, a number of critics have said that migrant families have continued to be separated at the border despite the executive order ending the policy. Back in October, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) alleged that over 5,400 children in total had been separated from the families under the Trump administration since July 2017, according to NBC News.