This invitation to share his truth, however, carries significant responsibility. This is how Ezekiel put it:
“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of
We all live in the Global Technological System (GTS). It is the most thorough embodiment ever of the six Olympian gods of power. The problem? Like the gods it feeds, this GTS is parasitic. Each day, it requires the systematic exploitation of billions of human beings and the systematic destruction of God’s good creation.
Not approving of this situation, Jesus speaks to us today. Through his words of truth, he frees us to discern and affirm this truth about the GTS. He frees us from our slavery to the gods who would have us ignore, deny, or justify this systematic exploitation and destruction. Finally, he frees us as his watchmen to point out to others that the GTS has no viable future.
Once we discern and affirm that, then we can muddle with others toward organizing ourselves in ways that lead toward greater rather than lesser vitality.
This role of watchman is something which the whole Church should be fulfilling in relation to our broader society and culture. We as Christians and churches should be seeing the trouble which is certainly coming and warning our non-Christian neighbors about it. Because we aren't, Jesus is calling you, me, and other Christians to serve him as prophetic witnesses by warning our fellow Christians and congregations about the trouble ahead.
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