Wake up, O Sleeper

To those who have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches of the United States of America

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The Stoning of St. Stephen, 1635, Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)

“But if I say, ‘I will not mention his word
or speak anymore in his name,’
his word is in my heart like a fire,
a fire shut up in my bones.
I am weary of holding it in;
indeed, I cannot.”

— Jeremiah 20:9

I believe the Bible. I believe what it says about religious people who close their ears and will not listen to the Spirit. The rocks are crying out, because the people who bear the name of Christ are using his name in vain. They do not believe the scientists who are translating what the rocks, and the trees, and the fish of the sea are saying.

“At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him.”

— Acts 7:57

Who are the least of these? Jesus is all the people that Christians have been conquering and oppressing for 500 years. Every day, Christians self-righteously proclaim that you must believe their book or suffer eternal conscious torment for eternity (which is not what Jesus said, by the way). Meanwhile, they rape and pillage the earth, installing reality TV celebrities and billionaires as their chosen one, their king. God told the people what would happen if they wanted a king. The king would take all the riches for himself and oppress them. The whole story of the Old Testament was about people who were determined to do whatever they thought best, building temples, palaces, and empires. But the job description for humans was to tend the garden, not to build empires.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.”

— Matthew 23:15

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Designer, writer, educator, social architect, founder, Builders Collective, Leading with Design. https://stephenbau.com

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