In a previous post I described how the Christian Church is locked in a war with the world. How do we bring healing and transformation now? We don’t. Not when Christian Church is at war with everyone, even their own. We need a new mindset.
Old mindset Identity
A Christian is a defender of the faith.
Old mindset Role
Wage war with the world
Old mindset Destiny
We have the wonderful opportunity to let go of the old mindset and embrace the new. The church is in this transition from the old to the new.
The transition that I’m talking about is reframing your thinking.
War frame is rejected
for the harm that it does.
Engagement frame is practiced
for the hope of healing it brings.
In a previous article I talk about the new mindset differently than what I have here. The great thing about wresting is you can explore. If we are going to a new place we’ve never been it might take us a while to find our way. I offer more clarity here.
New mindset Identity
A Christian is a much loved child of God.
New mindset Role
New mindset Destiny
Below is a satirical piece I wrote regarding the old frame which makes no sense if your role is to be a servant.
2018 Belinda McDanel
The Good Fight – First Mindset Shift [reblog]
Originally posted July 13, 3017
Sometimes we preach a distorted Gospel that has no resemblance to the good news that heals the broken hearted and sets the captive free. Here is a satirical piece about Christian mindset of fighting.
God created humans so they would argue and debate until they reached a state of doctrinal perfection. The more diligently you argue your case and obliterate the opponent, the more pleasing this is to God.
Faithfulness is demonstrated by war. Fight anyone who opposes your doctrine. The purpose of all life is the fight.
If you receive blows in the fight, just take it as the cost of being faithful. If you wound others in the fight, it’s the nature of fighting. If you lose family members to the fight, they were never faithful to begin with. If you walk away from a fight, find hope in the mercy of God to forgive you. Muster yourself to fight again.
Know your enemy. Don’t be concerned about talk about demons or spirits. The battle is real and it’s against flesh and blood. The target is people. Take out as many people as you can, this way their side gets smaller.
In order to destroy your enemy, know how to fight with words. Study the scriptures so that you are well armed in the fight. Use the scriptures as chains, daggers, arrows, and swords. Be skillful in quoting at just the right moment to intimidate and humiliate. Shame is especially powerful; it can disable them for years. As we know, self-denial and self-mortification lead people closer to God. If they will not do this, we must do this for them and save their soul. This is most important. We save the soul at the expense of peace in the present life.
Harden your heart so that losing people that you love will not create barriers to future fights. Don’t stay soft or compassionate as this can ruin a good fight. And most of all do not stay connected. If you bond with people emotionally this will make it difficult for you to fight them. And we know that the most important thing is the fight. Separate yourself from others as much as possible. In this way you will not be tempted to empathize.
If your gut screams at you to stop the fighting, numb yourself to it. The gut is the body’s warning system but it is an antiquated system. Don’t trust your gut.
And whatever you do, don’t grieve. Losses are expected. Move on as quickly as possible. There is always another fight.
©2017 Belinda McDanel