When we last blogged on The Plow we were going through Biblical examples of people who embraced The Plow. There are so many other examples of people who followed The Plow, but for now a change of direction will not allow for all these stories to be told – yet. We could have considered the eleven fishermen who left all they possessed to follow their Rabbi from Nazareth and began the Church. Or the great Apostle Paul who though in a position of authority, a Pharisee of Pharisee, and a Jew of the Jews, followed The Plow with great trial and tribulations to become the greatest writer of the New Testament Scriptures. There would be story upon story of “These who turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6).” Every believer should read Foxe’s Book of Martyrs and learn of people who laid their lives down before The Plow. The Kingdom will be won by those who submit to The Plow.
Consider if you will the idea of manifestos (the predecessor to the vision statement). The Communist Manifesto was published in 1848 and was written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Commissioned by The Communist League, the manifesto laid out the purposes and program of the League in its plan in correcting the problems of the class struggle and capitalism. This document calls for the working class to revolt against the controlling capitalistic system that enslaved them. The Communist Revolution of the post-World War I and mid-20th century radically changed the world.
The Humanist Manifesto was written in 1933 (with revisions/extensions made in 1973 and 2003) and calls for a cooperative one worldwide revolution toward an egalitarian society and calling for the death of the profit-motivated society. Nobody can deny the influence of humanism has led to a revolution in society, mostly negative from the Biblical perspective.
In 1995 Ted Kaczynski produced the Unabomber’s Manifesto. This wordy document called for a revolution against the world’s industrial technological system. Many believe this revelation has failed, but there are many followers of the ideas brought to light in the writings of this fallen hero of the cause, but this revolution is may not be over.
In 1776 the American Colonies produced their own manifesto. The Continental Congress, from an original draft by Thomas Jefferson, declared that the thirteen states were no longer part of the British Empire with the Declaration of Independence. This document addressed basic human rights violations against King George III and provided the right of revolution. Our Founding Fathers declared, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endewed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The American Revolution was strengthened legally by this document and a Republic was formed which became the super-power of the world.
What is a manifesto? A manifesto is a written statement declaring publically the intentions, motives, or views of the issuers, or crafters, of the document. In each of the manifestos previously mentioned there was a call for revolution; a call to arms; a call to act. The coming of the Jewish Messiah upon the world scene was revolutionary and Ephesians 1:10 described the event as, “…the dispensation of the fullness of times He (the Father) might gather together in one all things in Christ, both of which are in heaven and which are on earth – in Him (Christ).” The earthly ministry of the Messiah ends with Jesus appearing to His chosen men of Revolution – men of the earth handpicked by Jesus Christ to reconcile men to God. The Revolution ensued was for the Kingdom that has come to earth and it had its own manifesto. The manifesto of the Church is the New Testament, and its battle cry is the Great Commission, which was told by Jesus the Christ to The Eleven in Matthew 28:18-20:
And Jesus Came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Stay tuned for a discussion of The Plow and The Great Commission as the blog continues….