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Calling Out the Modern gods
© November 13, 2008, Roy Stucky

All the years of blended vision
And decisions mocking odds
Brought us 'round to this position -
Calling out the modern gods.

As we pour the words on princes
Born of desert pools of night
There are victories by inches
As the faithful do what's right.

Steward of the mission,
You bring the Great Commission
To a land that isn't tame
On the frontiers of the plain.

The chance that we've been given
Wasn't born without some strife.
It's good to learn ideas
Come alive and change your life.

My friend how can I tell you
Of the treasure I have found?
You fortified the mission
That had fallen to the ground.

All the years of blended vision
And decisions mocking odds
Brought us 'round to this position -
Calling out the modern gods.


"Blended vision" is the combined outlook of a group of Christian friends.

"Mocking odds" is that the Christian walk is not what the world would call the path of wisdom.

"Calling out" is to publicly question the wisdom of this world. And its idols.

"Words" is our language as enlightened by the Word of God.

"Princes" is wordplay on 'prince of the air', a reference to the devil, to his principalities of darkness, as well as the more typical reference to the privileged of this world.

"Desert" is that these princes provide the illusion of sustenance but instead of water their mirage is really an oasis of evil.

"Inches" is that God's intervention often seems late until you look backward in time so your 20/20 hindsight is effective. Jesus did not come to redeem this world's systems. Their failure will be both tragic and spectacular. Until that judgment, it will appear the world is stronger than God. This is also a wordplay on I Corinthians 1:27
"But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;"

"Mission" in both the sense of a frontier church and of an assignment.

Matthew 9:36-38 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few. Pray you therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest.

"Great Commission" is the commandment Jesus left His disciples just before He ascended back into Heaven.

Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Mark 16:15-17 He said to them, Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

"Chance" is the opportunity to live and speak as new creations in Christ Jesus.

"Strife" is that in this world we have persecutions and difficulties.

"Ideas come alive" is that thoughts become manifest and change the world. The most vital instance of this is when the mind of God conceived the plan that brought Jesus from Heaven through the cross and grave back to Heaven to bring redemption and full understanding of the human condition.

Hebrews 4:14-16 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, Who is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest Who cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Since empathy is an important part of why Jesus came, we should emulate Jesus' compassion.