From ENGAGING THE POWERS
"But rebirth is not a private, inward event only. For it also includes the necessity of dying to whatever in our social surroundings have shaped us inauthentically. We must die to the Domination System in order to live authentically."
I must admit delving into some of this stuff makes me a bit uneasy. You just sound strange when you start to talk about this stuff. But it is consistent with the language in scripture. I think maybe one of our problems is that we have diminished all of the world system to just little distractions that we think we can manage. I'm seeing it in a way that tells me we have been fooled.
This is serious business. The system has no intention of playing nice. It is set against those who would follow Jesus into freedom. I have seen how this has effected me and for a year now I have been fully engaged in disentangling myself from it. The cost at this point has been the surrendering of positions I have held for so long. I have said it before but I am stunned as to some of those position I held thinking I was holding a position Jesus would support.
The awesome thing that just "rocks my world" (as my friend Rob would say) is that as God has revealed this stuff to me there has been NO condemnation. I have said this several times before also, but it deserves repeating. THIS IS INVITATION. It is invitation to leave the things that kill and to step into a new reality that is life.
This makes the lives of those that have gone before us make sense. Jesus, The Apostles, the great cloud of witnesses mentioned in the book of Hebrews, Dr. King and many more............
They lived by a different reality and no one could take away there freedom or their pride.
I want to add a statement here that speaks from a position of freedom no one can take away. This is the life of one who has truly been set free.
John Bunyan: "I will spend the rest of my life in this jail before I make a butchery of my conscience."