Deconstruct dependence on systems and structures
In the story of Israel the law became a tutor or a guardian that held them in its teaching until the coming of the Messiah. While other nations came under other spirit teachers and through this went into bondage, the people of Israel were given the letter of the eternal law of God’s Kingdom. Some got it and walked righteous lives by faith in God. Others were taken captive by the institution of the law, the very thing that lead to death and separation. Enoch, Noah, Abraham, David and Zechariah are people Scripture record as being righteous before God.
God’s Kingdom is a kingdom of order. There are laws in the heavenly Kingdom. The order comes from the life and light within, not external governance. God is the source of order. As a matter truth; He is the source of anything good.
We live in a world filled with as many perspectives on life as there are people. We add ours to the cultural environment we grow up in. Most of our worldview foundation is laid before we have developed our ability to reason on deep levels. It then becomes clear that God designed humanity so we would build generation upon generation.
Every nation and culture is under spiritual attack. It’s been this way since the heavenly rebellion. Babylonian towers are built and corporate culture is established on every level in society. They become the institutions we learn to trust in. The potential for these to become our idols are therfore tremendous. They end up replacing God as our source and provider.
We often thank God for the care and provision we get through our institutions. The big question is what happens when they fail us. Have we really placed and built our trust in the true God or have we actually made a religion for ourselves? Mixing religions is what we call syncretism.
God told the Israelites that they would end up as slaves when they chose an earthly king. There is only one with the ability and character to handle the powers of a king. God is the one and Jesus Christ is his earthly manifestation. In God’s Kingdom there is no abuse of power. Only the life yielded to Christ can hold an office that administers power without being corrupted.
In the wisdom of God we find that any office that administers power must be held accountable and there must be a power to curb the abuser. Offices, institutions and bureaucracies are often trusted with powers beyond their character. They also tend to usurp power. You hardly find any historic evidence that institutions decrease out of their own initiative. History gives far more evidence that institutions become masters of slaves and only a shaking or brutal collapse will undo their grip.
It is the unfortunate loss of trust, transparency and relationship that moves a serving body towards becoming the dead shell of an institution.
Our opportunity is to do exactly what God said to Adam in the garden; to develop and guard. From marriages to schools, sports clubs, businesses and government offices, they must be filled with life and the dynamics of relational living.
Jesus Christ is the one who sets us free from institutional bondage. Through Him we can also exist within an institution and be free from its power. Jesus displayed this as he lived in the culture of the Law, but walked completely free from it.
It is important that we learn to walk in freedom from institutional power. Many times we must learn to live with them without giving any allegiance to them. This is reality in most nations. We cannot however, think that all the institutions of society are the wisdom of God. Character doesn’t translate into form. Character remains an issue of the heart. We have allowed character to take the shape of forms. Men and women with integrity were trusted and their faithfulness gave rise to the expansion of their territory. As time went by, the need for character was exchanged with the need for predictability, controllability and security.
God intended nations to function from the inside out – from the root and to the fruit. This is how the ekklesia, the nation of God functions.
Institutions will die and the true life will live on. God is jealous to be our source and provider on every area of life. This is our eternal purpose!