When Jesus said "The meek shall inherit the earth" (Mat.5:5) your typical evangelical response is, "Yes one day in the Millennium when Jesus rules." Why? Because the typical evangelical actually believes the Antichrist will inherit the earth. Wrong. As I explain in my book this is false teaching.  But watching last Saturday night's episodes of "Suits", the week's news headlines and Sunday morning's sermon in our local church showed me graphically why the meek are about to inherit the earth. Let me explain...

We have three popular TV legal dramas on our screen these days. Suits, The Good Wife and Harry's Law.  They give us a useful insight into the working of the corporate world and how it is driven by greed, selfishness, backbiting, destructive envy, rip-offs, frauds, character assassination and many other manifestations of the unregenerate sinner. All of which can also be seen in government departments and civil organizations...they just don't have the classy suits and offices of the corporates.

Last Sunday morning the Dominee in our local Dutch Reformed church did a nice little sermon from Phil. 2 which was such an antithesis to the previous evenings "Suits" episode. And listening to the Dominee my spirit just rejoiced as I realized again, yes, our coming Kingdom Economy based on Phil.2 is going to triumph over this corrupt world system. Here is what the Word says...

"Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not everyman on his own things but everyman also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus; Who being in the form of God...made himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant..." (Phil. 2:3-7)

Can you imagine Harvey Spectre or any corporate or political big shot going through a workday without strife, vainglory, esteeming others better than themselves and instead looking out for other peoples interest and working as a servant for other people's needs? Not a chance!

But what does this have to do with the meek inheriting the earth?  What chance do the meek have against these titans of the corporate, banking and political world that rule the earth?

Well it has to do with 1 Tim. 6:9-10 and the week's news headlines about the economic meltdown in Cyprus.  This is what the scripture says...

"But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare and into many foolish and hurtful lusts; which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil."

Which brings us to this week's major story on the financial meltdown of Cyprus.  Which was a graphic illustration of the reality of this scripture and why the meek will inherit the earth.

The whole banking system in Cyprus just got wiped out and went cap in hand to the ECB for emergency money. The reason they got wiped out was 1 Tim. 6:9-10.  Cyprus offered the world of gangsters, money launderers and any body who wanted to escape taxes an easy no ask place to deposit their billions. They offered no taxes and high interest rates.  Tens of billions flowed in from all over the world but mostly from questionable sources in Russia. To pay the high interest rates for this hot money they had to invest their client's deposits in high interest government bonds, so they invested tens of billions in high paying Greek government bonds....and then Greece defaulted and then Cyprus collapsed. Pure greed destroyed the Cyprus banks. And now the one million citizens of Cyprus are liable for tens of billions of debt....there goes the whole nation of Cyprus into bankruptcy.

And this is why the meek will inherit the earth.....because the sinners running the world system will fall into many snares and temptations led by their lust for money and these snares will "drown men in destruction and perdition" such as the destruction of national banks, currencies and entire national economies.  Sinners can't help it...their actions, their life styles, their desires, their inner lusts will lead them into destructive behaviours that will destroy lives, companies, banks and nations.

Welcome to the world of Adam Smith and Ayn Rand...  

 

The world that these corporates live in is the intellectual creation of Adam Smith and Ayn Rand.  Adam Smith in his "Wealth of Nations" extols the idea of each man living and working for his own self-interest and thereby he benefits society as result of his greed.  Which is why Gordon gecko famously said "Greed is good!".

Ayn Rand in her philosophical scribblings and novels glorified this creed to several generations of  Wall Street titans.  Alan Greenspan was famously her disciple as well as most of the other corporate elites.  And to be honest with you after reading all her books in my early years, if I was not a Spirit filled child of God I would have also been an ardent supporter.  Because you don't see the immediate effects of this destructive way of life.  But now the world is full of the results of this pernicious philosophy of selfishness....and it is destroying companies, the environment, the banking system, currencies and eventually nations!

But what if we Christians created a world based on Philippians 2?

How many lawyers would we need if we followed Phil 2:14 "Do all things without murmurings and disputings".?
What if we created our own community government that had the mind of Christ...servants, real civil servants...who are there to serve the needs of the community.?
What if we created companies with the mind of Christ...that do nothing through strife and not working for its own supremacy but looking out for the needs of the consumers and public making good products that meet real needs.?

How many prisons would we need? How many bureaucrats would we need? How low would our overheads of production be when we are not burdened with the costs of crime and corruption.  How low would our taxes be if we had honest government and everyone paid their fair share of taxes? How low would our medical aid payments be if we all lived healthy life styles and used the medical aid only when really needed? How low would our insurance payments be if we did not have a society filled with thieving and crime? How low would our taxes be if we did not have to pay for useless military?

Is this just pie in the sky dreaming? No!  It is happening all over the world. The meek of the world are sick and tired of the corruption of the elites.  The Cypriots are ready to revolt against their bankers and politicians.  So are the people of Spain, Portugal and Italy. As the world system goes into systemic collapse more and more of the people of the world are going to just by-pass the corrupt national and international institutions.  Watch the next moves in computer generated private money as the bankers destroy the national currencies.  Watch the coming self-sufficient communities that will set up their own local economies and local legal and governing structures.

At the forefront of this new Reformation of the world system will be the people of God in all the nations of the world.  The meek will inherit the earth because the sinners will destroy the world governing and economic structures...and this will force the meek to establish the new world order....the Kingdom of God!

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