Watt Too See

I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:12)

Back in the old days, you had to have a license to have a lightbulb experience. Not just anybody could cop a vision. In fact, the penalties for unauthorized revelation were major heavy-duty. Here’s the capital smackdown from Deuteronomy: “But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death.” Yikes.

The New Testament crackdown was even nastier. Not only might the illegal guru be consigned to eternal damnation, but Paul proposed a perfunctory depeckering as well. Nothing like heading into the underworld as a eunuch. No, in the old days you left the revelations to the experts who were bonded, licensed, and insured. Yet even among the authorized oraculars, one screwup and you found yourself at the butt end of divine wrath. Back then God was a tough guy to work for.

Not today, buddy. Today we live in the land of unlimited individualized idiosyncratic illumination. These days revelation is privatized, personalized, and self-authorized. Seems God talks to everybody these days, and he doesn’t seem too particular about what he’s saying anymore either. In fact, it seems like he’s changed his mind on a lot of things. He’s the Great Affirmer now. He’s okay; you’re okay; everybody’s freaking okay.

God doesn’t have preferences anymore. You know this, of course. He never tells you to get your act together. No, he wants you to be happy. Need to shuck off that demon of a spouse? The Lord will give you peace about it. Fornicating? Don’t worry about it; the Lord loves you just the same. Sacrificing integrity at the altar of opportunity? Jesus understands. Hey, history is history. You know that the entire cosmic enterprise is summed up in you. How do you know this? Because he walks with you and he talks with you and he tells you that you are his own. The right way is where you walk. The truth is what’s true for you. You’ve got your own personal reading light.

Never mind 35 centuries of religious precedent. Never mind the long line of faithful witnesses. Never mind 2000 years of ecclesiastical laboratory testing. Never mind the ancient lessons, the venerable precedents, the iron-clad nonnegotiables. Never mind what the damn Book says. You are your own lightbulb. Who needs the sanctioned power grid? You’re a religious powerhouse, a divine wind farm, a spiritual solar panel. You absorb revelation direct from the Source. To hell with extraneous input. It’s you and God, baby.

Full speed ahead.

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