Meeism Series – but what about me?

This is a series of articles written to debunk many current Christian worldly views concerning God’s relationship with man. From looking for a ministry to suit our needs to exercising Christian liberty for our own devices, these articles first define then apply the fallacy of meeism in Christian circles. Consider this simple fact, as more of your individuality determines your relationship with God, the less God is in your relationship.

The office of President has become an office of personal promotion regardless of the party.

The office of President has become an office of personal promotion regardless of the party.

The office of President has become an office of personal promotion regardless of the party. Promotion and implementation of a persons will as policy is becoming more prevalent. As we follow this leadership that succeeds purely out of arrogance, absence of character, virtue and honesty, we naturally begin to emulate this. Relativism in governmental leadership results in relativism in populace. If the most successful are about “me” then those seeking success will be gradually more and more about “me.” We had a period in our world history where the absence of selflessness, pure desire to grow intellectually and spiritually, absence of magnanimity existed, the dark ages. This is definition of Meeism.

Just as Aryanism was despotic under Hitler,  societal dystopia is the natural result of national  leadership promoting self. Subjugation of self to society and nation is growing in America. With growing and decidedly socialist/marxist polity, our society believes government has the answers, willfully subjugating freedom for convenience, out of fear, for personal gain or even worse as a delusional form of altruism. This is societal Meeism.

Nazi Germany’s societal submission to despotism.

Just as Aryanism was despotic under Hitler, societal dystopia is the natural result of national leadership promoting self. Subjugation of self to society and nation is growing in America. With growing and decidedly socialist/marxist polity, our society believes government has the answers, willfully subjugating freedom for convenience, out of fear, for personal gain or even worse as a delusional form of altruism. As one group considers itself more valuable to the whole than another, and that group gathers power, their personal desires become policy replacing unbiased legal proceedings. People are classed as productive and non-productive. The weak are trodden over to make room for the strong. We fall gradually backward in civil development to indentured servitude and gross guttural survival of the fittest. This is societal Meeism.

Nero is well know as one of the most self-absorbed megalomaniacs in history. He fancied himself a musician but could neither play the harp, nor keep a tune. He also thought himself an actor, but would only receive applause through coercion. He ordered his mother murdered. He set fire to his own capital city to encourage hatred for Christians. A lot like selling guns to criminals to create hatred for guns.

Nero celebrates as Rome burns.

Nero is well known as one of the most self-absorbed megalomaniacs in history. He fancied himself a musician but could neither play the harp, nor keep a tune. He also thought himself an actor, but would only receive applause through coercion. He ordered his mother murdered. He set fire to his own capital city to encourage hatred for Christians. A lot like selling guns to criminals to create hatred for guns (Operation Fast and Furious). Just as Meeism dominated Nero’s rule over Rome, we see Meeism dominating our political leadership today. This is Meeism American style.

Exercising your Christian Liberty should always be about doing everything for God and never about escaping those pesky doctrines. It's not legalism to want to obey God. Jesus said, "If you love me, keep my commandments."

Your life should be about God, not you.

Exercising your Christian Liberty should always be about doing everything for God and never about escaping those pesky doctrines. It’s not legalism to want to obey God. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” In today’s Christian freedom and the liberty in Christ, we have distorted its true purpose. These liberties were not given to take advantage of sin for witness purposes. We do not activate grace when we violate God’s word in life and practice. Shall we sin that grace may abound? God Forbid. (Romans 6:1-2) Today a host of Christian’s simple response to sin is, “well, at least I’m saved.” are you really? Psalm 51 tells us a broken and contrite heart is what God accepts as worship. If you are saved, a child of God, your heart should break when you commit sin, not claim Christ’s freedom and liberty for witness or any other contrived excuse. This is Meeism in Christian liberty.

Though this is a picture of one, and worship can take place in solitary, it is not the chief form of worship. Instead of molding God's instructions to fit our desires, we are to mold our desires to fit God's Instructions.

Though this is a picture of one, and worship can take place in solitary, it is not the chief form of worship. Instead of molding God’s instructions to fit our desires, we are to mold our desires to fit God’s Instructions.

A natural progression from Christian liberty is liberties in how we worship. Do we worship God the way we want, how we best enjoy this worship? Is worship supposed to satisfy a spiritual need of ours as we perceive them? All of these questions point worship back at us. All scripture tells us is that worship is directed at God. Do we need a “worship experience?” Conversely do we need to experience a presence before God in worship that recognizes His majesty, His glory, His omnipotence, His worthiness and reverence for Him. That we turn the worship in heaven among the angels into a physical experience for our own enjoyment on earth is, to use an old term, sacrilege even blasphemous. Just as our current political climate refuses to be honest about the terrorists of today, Meeism in worship refuses to acknowledge that we need God, God does not need us. We need to worship Him, worship is not for us.

So many of our leaders say this every day in one way or another. That is meeism.

So many of our leaders say this every day in one way or another. That is meeism.

Many people believe that government is bent upon growing itself. The function of any living thing is to grow, develop and expand. This is certainly true of government. If the influence were innocuous at most, or by choice at least this would not be a difficult pill to swallow. Unfortunately, government does not just evolve in complexity and depth, but in power and coercion as well. Meeism in Government is a discussion concerning the individuals that lead and guide government, their motivations as described in the scriptures, and evidenced through America’s development. Meeism in Government documents the strategy of the founders and our beginning citizenry as opposed to current day governmental leadership and citizenry. The scriptures tell us where man’s true heart lies. The truth paints a dim picture, but it is the truth. The truth is often a sour pill that heals, guides, leads and is vitally necessary for true growth, development and change.

Jeremiah 16:12 – And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto me:

Jeremiah 17:9 – The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Job 15:16 – How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?

Psalm 53:1-3 – The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Darwin never imagined Hitler and Stalin would use his theories to murder tens of millions. Francis Galton never thought Hitler would try to exterminate the entire Israeli race. Man is notoriously short sighted in his speculations concerning society, social development and population control. Man cannot envision the entire effect of such philosophies. Only God can see all the possibilities.

Darwin never imagined Hitler and Stalin would use his theories to murder tens of millions. Francis Galton never thought Hitler would try to exterminate the entire Israeli race. Man is notoriously short sighted in his speculations concerning society, social development and population control. Man cannot envision the entire effect of such philosophies. Only God can see all the possibilities.

Humanism is a religion that believes in man. There are many good efforts identified with humanism that are as readily identified with Christian efforts. The problem is that humanism’s efforts lend themselves to unethical behavior. The ends justify the means attitude is more often adopted to advance a particular philosophy or theory.

Where the world claims Christianity is inhumane or arrogant, they assess God’s love based on a limited set of ideals compared to their perceived perfection. As man has a limited ability to look ahead and identify atrocities associated with immature philosophies and theories, he is equally limited in assessing God’s perfection. The comparison is akin to the newly born ameba purporting to know the perfection of the petrie dish in which it exists. This is the meeism in Humanism.

Regardless, Christians share God’s love with everyone. We desire only what Jesus desires, that all would come to saving knowledge of Christ. (1 Timothy 2:3-4)

 

Recognize the pattern? Jesus had to die for our relationship with God to begin. We have to die to the world for our relationship with Christ to begin.

Recognize the pattern? Jesus had to die for our relationship with God to begin. We have to die to the world for our relationship with Christ to begin.

Meeism in Marriage is a discussion of the different secular purposes and reasons for marriage compared to a biblical approach, God’s desires. Christians know the great differences between themselves and the world. At least, we are supposed too. One of the greatest challenges to christianity today is that we are more and more indistinguishable from the world, the people of the world, the ambitions of the world.

To the world, the root of happiness is self, to the Christian the root of happiness is selflessness. More and more every day Christians give into the world’s ideas, values, cultural adaptations and social malignancies. Meeism in Marriage makes clear arguments both for the mistakes in societies thoughts and motivations in marriage, and the mistakes Christian’s make if they agree with any of those ideas. Where marriage is concerned, as the picture above clearly communicates, it is about completely sacrificing self for another.

Like all things, we pattern our Marriages after Christ. He sacrificed himself and every comfort in heaven to come to earth and give his life for you. We are called to love one another as Christ loves us. This is vitally important especially in marriage.

 

Christain marriage and relationships are supposed to be for Christ, about Christ, honorable to Christ, and devoted to Christ.

Christain marriage and relationships are supposed to be for Christ, about Christ, honorable to Christ, and devoted to Christ.

As you might guess, Meeism in Marriage is quite naturally followed by Meeism in sexuality. To many, we get married to have sex. To an ever growing number, marriage makes no difference. intimacy is simply a function of life, something that we do purely for our own pleasure. Who is right? Is intimacy reserved only for the marriage covenant. Or was intimacy simply created by God for us to enjoy with whomever, whenever and however we want? Was intimacy created by God for man, or to glorify God? Colossians 2 16 says,

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Is sexuality about me, or about my God?

2 thoughts on “Meeism Series – but what about me?”

  1. The question does read like some of these artitss are exploiting God to turn a profit, and to state it otherwise is naive. I cannot be persuaded that everyone who hopped on the praise and worship bandwagon did so with pure motives. Yet, I have no problem with these individuals making music for a living. Just call it what it is. Don’t sell me sensationalistic and shallow lyrics with repetitive tunes as if they were soli deo gloria unless you’re prepared to level a similar thought process to the fact that Mozart did so in a time when there was no emphatic categorization of the sacred and the secular.Here’s where I find the primary rub: every aspect of life needs to be brought under the functional authority of the lordship of Jesus Christ. This is an amiable goal, but the true exemplification of this is not to go out into the world and do pretty much what everybody else is doing, only with a Jesus label attached. This is not the lordship of Christ rather it is Christians getting into the manufacturing of knock-offs. If something gets popular in the world, the Christians are right there with a competing model made with cheap labor in a Third World factory and using a lot more plastic. Wouldn’t it be nice to be here to reach the lost isn’t the same thing as actually engaging the world at every point, rather, it is a subtle outworking of the seperatistic mindset.I agree that Jesus’ work was largely corrective towards the teaching of the Pharisees who had not only minimized the purpose of God’s law to mere external adherence but also had added to His law with lengthy imposed additions and clarifications of his law. However, I do not think that is what is happening here. If we believe, and I think rightly so, that all truth is God’s truth, then at some point we do need to objectively assess the nature of our practice with the first realization that we are most likely not in accordance with God’s precepts at some point or another. This is not to preach legalistic justification (and if you accuse me of it I’ll put you in the fishtank) but rather to emphasize the fact that while in our neat systematic theology there are obvious distinctions between justification and sanctification, they cannot be separated, for faith without works is dead. The perspective that shapes all my thoughts on this does boil down to a 100 proof belief that God’s people have been commissioned to spread the declaration of Christ’s lordship (i.e. the gospel), and often times the place that declaration is needed the most is in the midst of the people of God.

  2. I believe what makes the greatest difference with any effort we under-take is whether or not we try to call it worship. Though 1 Cor 10:31 tells us whatsoever you do do all for the glory of God, many are claiming God’s glory but do not endeavor what they do FOR His glory. We fail to truly understand how personally deceptive we can be (Jeremiah 17:9). I do not believe that a deep desire to obey God’s law is legalistic.

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