Whistleblower

18 Aug

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for 13 After Pentecost 18 August 2013
(Happy Birthday, Grandpa! I miss you. This one’s dedicated to you.)
Whistleblower
Dad told me the story of how he worked for an organization once where there was a manager who was so controlling that there wasn’t an area where this little dictator didn’t have his fingers. By God’s mercy a new face was hired in the lower ranks. He was retired military and knew how things should be and saw how things really were. He started taking notes and writing down observations. He logged names and times and kept watch while he waited. Then God opened a window of opportunity and the man was able to reveal what was going on. The tyrant boss was confronted by the board of directors, released of his position, and allowed to keep his pension in the end. It turned out to be a win-win for everyone, but did yield some heart-bruises in the process. And the board discovered they had no mechanism in place for anyone to be able to safely report an injustice. It was a hard lesson to learn for everyone on all sides. In the process of this journey, the “watchman” who recorded what was going on shared how he was able to “blow the whistle” because he had nothing to lose. Because he was retired military his income would remain and if the tyrant took retaliation against him, so the “watchman” reasoned, he could leave the organization and still go on with life if things got ugly. The others in the organization hated the oppression they were under, but needed their jobs, so they did what they could, but were unable to really say anything. They found out there were no protocols in place where one could “blow the whistle” without losing everything. They had to create this mechanism. Sometimes laying down one’s life for a friend (Jn 15:13) really does cost one everything. And there is no greater love than this. (v 13)
I thought of this whistleblower scenario as I meditated on today’s lectionary lessons. God has been singing His love-song to His beloved, to His “vineyard” [the Church] and she was “planted” on a very fertile hill. (Isa 5:1) But it produced “wild grapes” instead of wine grapes. (v 2) God expected justice out of His Church, but saw bloodshed; He expected righteousness, but heard a cry. (v 7)
Psalm 80:1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel [Jesus], You Who lead Joseph like a flock! You Who are enthroned upon the cherubim [administrators], shine forth
80:2 before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and come to save us!
The Church is in the same dilemma as the organization Dad worked for. There are no protocols in place for a whistleblower to “blow the whistle” safely. Spiritual “clouds” have been forming in the west (Lk 12:54) for a very long time and God has been raining His mercies; and a spiritual wind is blowing from the south (v 55) and producing the “heat” of conviction, but interpretation of the times (v 56) does not produce a tangible protocol for all whistleblowers to sound their trumpets. True whistleblowers really have died to themselves and have been willing, courageous, and obedient to Christ and have laid down their lives for Him for the sake of His kingdom. Without a portal to go through to share in a safe haven what they know and have seen, they just keep getting “crucified” with Christ over and over and over (Heb 6:6) by a masochistic spirit sent to torture and waylay under the guise of calling itself a “martyr.” It’s not the whistleblower with a spirit of mock-martyrdom, but this spirit is sent after them to distort and derail the mission. But St Paul speaks to this very issue on behalf of the real martyrs who did not receive what was promised. They did not receive their inheritance because they needed us for their journeys to be made complete:
Hebrews 11:39 Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised,
11:40 since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect.
The “great cloud of witnesses” (Heb 12:1) isn’t limited to the heavenly realms. Whistleblowers work within other ministries to bear witness to God’s perfection. With the coming winds of stress, the protocols must be set in place first. This means providing a contact network for God’s whistleblowers. So, where’s this network? Somebody needs to brag on the wonderful things that God has been doing for the last six years!! Yipee! Whistleblowers don’t always just get others in trouble. They often just clear the air and say what most people already know anyway. What a relief!
[…Whistling to “Mayberry”…]
Poem by Rumi:
“Work In the Invisible”
The prophets have wondered to themselves, “How long
should we keep pounding
this cold iron? How long do we have to whisper into an
empty cage?” Every motion
of created beings comes from the creator. The first soul
pushes, and your second
soul responds, beginning, so don’t stay timid. Load the ship
and set out. No one knows
for certain whether the vessel will sink or reach the harbor.
Cautious people say, “I’ll
do nothing until I can be sure.” Merchants know better.
If you do nothing, you lose.
Don’t be one of those merchants who won’t risk the ocean!
This is much more important
than losing or making money. This is your connection to God!
You must set fire to have
light. Trust means you’re ready to risk what you currently
have. Think of your fear and
hope about your livelihood. They make you go to work
diligently every day. Now
consider what the prophets have done. Abraham wore fire
for an anklet. Moses spoke
to the sea. David molded iron. Solomon rode the wind.
Work in the invisible world
at least as hard as you do in the visible. Be companions
with the prophets even though
no one here will know that you are, not even the helpers of
the qutb, the abdals. You
can’t imagine what profit will come! When one of those
generous ones invites you
into his fire, go quickly! Don’t say, “But will it burn
me? Will it hurt?”

One of the tools a spiritual warrior of “fire” has within himself is peace balanced with discernment. On Wednesday (14 August 2013) Lance Wallnau posted on Facebook an excellent teaching on HOW to have an intimate walk with Christ as He guides us. I appreciated this teaching as I had just asked God if He had a different perspective of “rule” which He could show me:
[Lance]: “Paul said, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts…” (Col 3:15)
Best translation is this…
Let the peace of God rule your heart, acting as an umpire; deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your mind. (Collisions 3:15 Amplified Bible)
I love the idea of thinking of peace as an umpire. What does an umpire do? An umpire at a sporting event decides and settles with finality any question that arises in the game. An umpire decides if a point has been scored or not. They rule on “fouls” and tell you if you are “safe” or “out” of bounds. Basically, the umpire makes rulings. PEACE IS YOUR RULER—THE UMPIRE WITHIN. Peace can be present or peace can lift. That “lifting” of peace is an early warning detector of something coming you need to be aware of. …
God is faithful to speak to you, but often His voice can be heard only by what you sense in your own heart. If you sense peace in your heart, it could be God’s voice telling you, “You have a green light, so you can proceed.” On the other hand, if you have a lack of peace or an inward disturbance, it could be God’s way of saying “Yellow light, so move with caution.” It may even be God telling you, “Red alert! Stop! Something is wrong!” The Holy Spirit is so faithful to warn us when the devil is trying to plan something destructive against us. If you and I will learn to listen and trust His leadership, we’ll be able to circumvent most of these demonic attacks.””
[Me: Amen!]
Turning to talk to Jesus, I said, “Lord, I know You told us,
Luke 12:50 I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed!
Lord, what You faced was horrific! It was unfathomably stressful and no one should have to endure that kind of grueling “baptism” under “fire.” From what I understand You came to bring the “fire” of the baptism of compassion and Mercy. And how I wish it were already kindled, too! (v 49) At the Lancaster Prophetic Conference an angel with a blue aura showed up. Br Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj explained that the blue light emitting from the angel signified understanding. The angel was imparting understanding to us. We took a moment to absorb the blessing. At this same conference the prophets told us there would be much strife, war, and division ahead, and even civil war in the United States for a time. Father, this grieves my whole being! Anarchy controls kingdoms until Truth is exposed. And what was described at the conference sounded like anarchy. What more should I say? (Heb 11:32) Faith conquers kingdoms, administers justice, obtains promises, and shuts the mouths of lions! (v 33) Jesus, You are our Deliverer! I know that God has taken His place in the divine council. (Ps 82:1) There’s no denying that in the midst of the gods He holds judgment. (v 1)
Psalm 82:6 I say, “You are gods, children of the Most High, all of you;
82:7 nevertheless, you shall die like mortals, and fall like any prince.”
I confess that I’m naïve and whistling in the dark, but I also have great faith in You, Lord, to make up for my weaknesses. I know that we, as a people, are arrogant children, but You also said that the Truth would set us free:
John 8:31 To the Jews who had believed Him, Jesus said, “IF you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. 32 THEN you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Lord, whistleblowers don’t just stay whistling in the dark forever. Anarchy is just more arrogance gone amok. Anarchy holds no reverence for You, Lord. Banish that spirit of Absalom [anarchy] to the Abyss and replace it with humility and understanding. In our world today, we have neither knowledge nor understanding and we walk around in spiritual darkness. (Ps 82:5) We’re already seeing how all the foundations of the earth are being shaken. (v 5) Put our eyes, ears, hands, and hearts back on to You, Lord! Help! Please awe us.
Psalm 82:8 Rise up, O God, judge the earth; for all the nations belong to YOU!
Jesus: Kathryn, dear, I have a question for you: What does ‘Messiah’ mean to you?
Me [instantly, without hesitation]: You! You are my Husband, my Vine, my Beloved! (Isa 5:1) And I know the holy Remnant also knows You are the Messiah and we stand in You. We put our faith and trust in You! We abide in You and know who we are in You. We love and adore You! [Big smile! Heart glowies!]
Jesus: I want you to hear Me. There has always been much conflict over the title “Messiah.” I am releasing My baptism of fire now. It is a baptism of holiness, a holy “fire” of holy love. I came to bring the “fire” of passion and compassion on the earth. (Lk 12:49) You have already seen My Church become divided over this. (v 51) Now the divisions will increase (v 52) as My Holy Wind spreads over the earth. The divisions will be caused by the title “Messiah,” just as the divisions in My own house of Israel arose over the issue. As people wrestle with the title they will have to answer the same question I asked Peter: “But who do you say that I am?” (Mt 16:15) My remnant in the Church has already wrestled with this question and they are strong. The rest of the Church and the nations have not answered that question. If they had, there would not be bloodshed. (Isa 5:7)
Jeremiah 23:28 Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let the one who has My word speak My word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? says the LORD.
23:29 Is not My word like fire, says the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?
This question over the title “Messiah” will sift the “straw” from the “wheat” and will be the hammer that breaks the “rocks,” as each person wrestles with My authority over their lives.
Matthew 24: 26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.
My Church-as-Bride has already seen a “cloud rising in the west” (Lk 12:54) and has seen the “rain” of stress that came with it.
Me: Lord, I’m in the west.
Jesus: My flock has already seen the “south wind blowing” and felt the “scorching heat.” (v 55)
Me: Excuse me, Lord, I thought the “south wind” was Australia, but I won’t do another dance with Potential. You call the shots. I don’t want to be a hypocrite.
Luke 12:54 He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, ‘It is going to rain’; and so it happens.

12:55 And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat’; and it happens.

12:56 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?
Me: Jesus, as Your scribe what can I do? (Ez 9:11; Rev 12:16; Rev 22:16)
Jesus: Uphold My word faithfully just as you have been doing. It is the Holy Spirit Who will use the Word to divide, sharpen, cauterize, heal, and restore.
Me: Is it ok with You if I just duck and hide in the shelter of Your wing as Your holy army marches forth and the proud “perish at the rebuke of Your countenance?” (Ps 80:16)
Jesus: Yes. Come hide in Me and renew your strength. (Isa 40:31)
Me: Glorify Your Name in All the Earth, Lord Jesus! Amen!

13 After Pentecost 18 August 2013 Gospel: Luke 12:49-56
Isaiah 5:1-7
5:1 Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill.

5:2 He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; he expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.

5:3 And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard.

5:4 What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it? When I expected it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?

5:5 And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured; I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down.

5:6 I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed, and it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.

5:7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his pleasant planting; he expected justice, but saw bloodshed; righteousness, but heard a cry!

Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19
80:1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth

80:2 before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and come to save us!

80:8 You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.

80:9 You cleared the ground for it; it took deep root and filled the land.

80:10 The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches;

80:11 it sent out its branches to the sea, and its shoots to the River.

80:12 Why then have you broken down its walls, so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?

80:13 The boar from the forest ravages it, and all that move in the field feed on it.

80:14 Turn again, O God of hosts; look down from heaven, and see; have regard for this vine,
80:15 the stock that your right hand planted.

80:16 They have burned it with fire, they have cut it down; may they perish at the rebuke of your countenance.

80:17 But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself.

80:18 Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name.

80:19 Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

Jeremiah 23:23-29
23:23 Am I a God near by, says the LORD, and not a God far off?

23:24 Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them? says the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? says the LORD.

23:25 I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in my name, saying, “I have dreamed, I have dreamed!”

23:26 How long? Will the hearts of the prophets ever turn back–those who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart?

23:27 They plan to make my people forget my name by their dreams that they tell one another, just as their ancestors forgot my name for Baal.

23:28 Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let the one who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? says the LORD.

23:29 Is not my word like fire, says the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?

Psalm 82
82:1 God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:

82:2 “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah

82:3 Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.

82:4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

82:5 They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk around in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

82:6 I say, “You are gods, children of the Most High, all of you;

82:7 nevertheless, you shall die like mortals, and fall like any prince.”

82:8 Rise up, O God, judge the earth; for all the nations belong to you!

Hebrews 11:29-12:2
11:29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned.

11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days.

11:31 By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace.

11:32 And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets–

11:33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions,

11:34 quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.

11:35 Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection.

11:36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.

11:37 They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented–

11:38 of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.

11:39 Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised,

11:40 since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect.

12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,

12:2 looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

Luke 12:49-56
12:49 “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!

12:50 I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed!

12:51 Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!

12:52 From now on five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three;

12:53 they will be divided: father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

12:54 He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, ‘It is going to rain’; and so it happens.

12:55 And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat’; and it happens.

12:56 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

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