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A New Social Order
We are members of a new society, a new social order. The peace that reigns in our midst is not due to laws and law enforcement. We do not do things out of obligation, but because we choose to. In this life of love, no one has a right to be cold to his neighbor. Malice, put-downs, and paybacks are foreign to our way of life. Love restrains us from striving to get ahead of each other, from taking advantage of one another, from turning our backs on one another when times get hard.
Everyone knows what the old social order is like, in which each person is responsible for his own life and the lives of his family, if he has one. Once people have food, clothing, and shelter, they may try to be kind to their neighbors.But there is a limit and there are barriers — racial, religious, political, and economic. No matter how many laws are passed, the walls between people still remain. Even within families there are barriers. One brother has his set of friends, the other has a different set, the sister has still another. And many families can’t even sit down and have a simple meal together without fighting.
A Radical Solution
The new society we live in is not this way. We have found a radical solution that enables us to love. The chains of fear and guilt that used to bind us have been broken.
Who can love when the barrier of guilt rises up? That barrier is the painful weight, the sudden memory that comes when you are with someone you have hurt, or someone who has hurt you. Who can give when they are afraid of losing their possessions, their time, even their own life?
Our Master Yahshua, the Son of God, has washed away our guilt with His own innocent blood. He has given us the power to forgive others just as He forgave us. We have received the same spirit that raised Him from the dead, His Holy Spirit. Now we can dare to suffer loss in loving others, because fear and guilt no longer have any power over those who trust Him.
The new social order we are talking about is not ideal. It is real. Ideal societies are the territory of dreamers and intellectuals. No one has ever thought up an ideal society that actually works in reality. In fact, there is no location on earth where you can observe an ideal society at work. Man-made societies are based on laws, and laws can only limit evil, not create virtue.
No, this new social order is not perfect. We who were raised under the old order are faulty in our love. The desires of the self tug at us, and we are continually inneed of forgiveness. But our Master Yahshua gave His life to pay for our sins so that we could forgive each other and press on towards the goal — that His new order would one day fill the whole earth.
So it is not because of rules, regulations, or even religious principles that we in this new social order live together and share our property and possessions. Bible verses do not have the power to cause people to love and respect each other. The Bible by itself can’t even make people agree on what it says. The thousands of Christian denominations are ample proof of this.
The old saying, "Birds of a feather flock together" aptly describes every social institution of the world, including all religions. Unless forced to do otherwise, people naturally gravitate toward others who have a similar self-interest. So in Christianity, for example, you have the white church, the black church,the rich church, the poor church, the conservative church, the liberal church, and even the "gay" church. Today, there is a denomination for every inclination.
The saying holds true even for communal living, both religious and otherwise. Whatever "intentional community" a person joins depends on his intentions. Some rally around a social cause, others a political agenda, and still others a doctrine or philosophy. But the deeply rooted barriers of guilt and fear spring up even there. Ultimately self-preservation outweighs all other considerations and even birds of the same feather find it difficult to nest together for very long.
Yet, despite these overwhelming obstacles, the prophet Ezekiel, 2500 years ago, recorded a vision of something new and different. In his vision God Himself took a tender shoot and planted it so that it would grow up to become a mighty tree itself:
Under it every kind of bird will live; in the shade of its branches will nest winged creatures of every kind. (Ezekiel 17:23)
This prophecy might seem obscure and unimportant if the Son of God had not echoed its words some 500 years later:
What is the kingdom of God like? ... It is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; and it became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches. (Luke 13:18-19)
This new kingdom is a social order ruled by the God of love. He is the "someone" who planted that tree. It is His doing. It is not because of man’s ideals or laws that we are able to live this life of love, but because of His Spirit.
All the prophets since ancient times have spoken of this new social order in which all things are restored — the relationship between humanity and God, men and women, parents and children and between the different races.
Some will not be able to see the difference between what we are describing here and a dozen utopian ideals and philosophies. Some will feel that it is too good to be true. But there are those who are ready to do the will of their Creator and they will know whether this is actually God’s kingdom we are talking about or just something wemade up. To gain this life costs you everything, but as our Master Yahshua said:
Those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. (Luke 9:24)
All who really believe that He died as a payment for their sins will no longer live for themselves but for Him — giving all their possessions, time, and energy to see His people flourish and His justice prevail.
If you are looking for a nice community where you can do your own thing, you would certainly be wasting your time to come here. But if you desire to live a life of self-sacrificing love, to experience the deep soul satisfaction of doing what you were created for, we invite you to be a part of this new social order that is re-emerging on the earth.