Classified Information (sort of)


He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables.” (Mark 4:11)

Secrets are only secrets when they’re secret. As soon as you tell somebody a secret’s not a secret anymore. Some secrets are dark; others are important; and others are downright exciting. There are lots of secrets. There are military secrets, corporate secrets, personal secrets, technological secrets, secret ingredients, secret stashes, secret talents, secret dreams, even secret identities. But none of those can stack up against the secret Jesus told to his disciples.

There is this whole kingdom that nobody knew about. A kingdom is a pretty hard thing to keep under wraps, mostly due to permit issues and water rights. But God had done a pretty good job of it, that is, until Jesus came along. Jesus just couldn’t keep his mouth shut; he just had to blab it.

Okay, he only blabs it to his close buddies. But apparently he doesn’t know that the conversation is being recorded. I mean, it’s not like there’s a tiny microphone taped to Peter’s arm pit. Somebody is taking notes. You’d think that Jesus of all people would pick up on that. I guess he was distracted by all the arrangements he needed to make for the upcoming crucifixion. Anyway, he unloads the big secret on his disciples.

They, of course, couldn’t keep a secret if their lives depended on it (which, it turned out, they did). No, after Jesus cloud hops outta there and after a few days of cowering in fear, they turn into psychotic chatterboxes. So now the big “secret” is all over the world. What’s the point of that?

Jesus may have pulled a fast one, though. He for sure let the cat out of the bag, but he did it in secret code. Only those who know the code can discover the secret. If you don’t have the key to crack the code, it’s all pretty much gobbledygook. Even if you preach the secret, define the secret, explain the secret, argue the secret, sing the secret, dance the secret, or just relevate it through your pores, nobody can get hip to the secret if they can’t break the code. Jesus is so sneaky that even if you try to teach people the key to break the code it won’t work. There’s even a key to break the key that breaks the code. You need a freaking Enigma machine just to read the instructions.

So here’s the deal: the secret kingdom isn’t secret for those who know the secret. For those “outside” the secret (ie: those who don’t know the secret), the secret is safely kept secret. It’s only when God downloads into them the key to the key to the secret that they can get the secret, which is then no secret to them anymore. Then they become secret babbling idiots too.

No wonder Christians are persecuted.


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