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Level playing field.


Used to love playing "King of the Hill." Wasn't much good at it due to my small body frame, but I loved the concept. As long as one could assault the one standing on top of the hill, you always had a chance to claim topdog status. Then the bigger framed person would reclaim their balance and knock the smaller person off the hill and on and on it went. Bruised heads and skinned knees were the norm. Tell me again why we played that mindless game?

I feel like we have teleported back in time to the mid 60s and we've resuscitated that childhood game.

Every day brings another shoving match between those on top of an argument and those trying to dethrone those in control. Back and forth we go and where we'll stop nobody knows. Cries of foul and growls of menace are volleyed back and forth and nowhere does there seem to be any reason or discernment. I cannot wait for the day when Jesus Christ gets the nod from God to return to this quagmire of a world and settle once for all the struggle for power. Once and for all the arguing will cease and everyone will bow in humility and awe. It will happen and it will be final. Constant struggling to be right and to be in control will cease and holiness will rule.

"If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God,did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:1-11, NIV)

How will powerful people react to Jesus? They will kneel in abject humility. How will weak people react to Jesus? They will kneel in abject humility. How will all the people in between power and weakness react to Jesus? They will all kneel in abject humility. The cross is the great equalizer and Jesus will bring holy balance to a world filled with chaos. Here is the deal friends. We are to live like Christ Jesus right now.

"Being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.

We are without excuse. What we see being lived out between factions is out and out sin in both directions. Nobody has clean hands in the daily fights and squabbles. No One! Let's all agree to stop playing "King of the Hill" and we'll all cease getting skinned knees and bruised heads.


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