The 'God is alive' perspective in Jesus-talking-truth is that lies, in any shape or form, are there to capture us. Confuse and have us – the obviously how – walk willingly, into their purposes to bow.
Lies can be necessary in withholding personal facts, or telling them, especially involving human authorities but all the rest...
And clearly the use of “Jesus” this and that, doesn’t necessarily mean anything. This is highlighted in the N.T. as being, no more an indicator of truth, than not.
Idols represent but have need to reveal what they obscure. Almost all local churches/christians believe the biggest idol on the planet – the 'news'. Forget saying “we don't” – they all do, unless confessing an awoken testimony and evidence of repentance. Those who completely blank news and current affairs are monks. And therein is a call.
HOW FAR HAVE WE SUNK IF TELLING THE TRUTH BECOMES A CRIME? HOW FAR HAVE WE SUNK IF WE PROSECUTE PEOPLE THAT EXPOSE WAR CRIMES FOR EXPOSING WAR CRIMES? HOW FAR HAVE WE SUNK WHEN WE NO LONGER PROSECUTE OUR OWN WAR CRIMINALS? BECAUSE WE IDENTIFY MORE WITH THEM, THAN WE IDENTIFY WITH THE PEOPLE THAT ACTUALLY EXPOSE THESE CRIMES. WHAT DOES THAT TELL ABOUT US AND ABOUT OUR GOVERNMENTS? IN A DEMOCRACY, THE POWER DOES NOT BELONG TO THE GOVERNMENT, BUT TO THE PEOPLE. BUT THE PEOPLE HAVE TO CLAIM IT. SECRECY DISEMPOWERS THE PEOPLE BECAUSE IT PREVENTS THEM FROM EXERCISING DEMOCRATIC CONTROL, WHICH IS PRECISELY WHY GOVERNMENTS WANT SECRECY.
Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these things… —Isaiah 40:26
The people of God in Isaiah’s time had blinded their minds’ ability to see God by looking on the face of idols. But Isaiah made them look up at the heavens; that is, he made them begin to use their power to think and to visualize correctly. If we are children of God, we have a tremendous treasure in nature and will realize that it is holy and sacred. We will see God reaching out to us in every wind that blows, every sunrise and sunset, every cloud in the sky, every flower that blooms, and every leaf that fades, if we will only begin to use our blinded thinking to visualize it.
The real test of spiritual focus is being able to bring your mind and thoughts under control. Is your mind focused on the face of an idol? Is the idol yourself? Is it your work? Is it your idea of what a servant should be, or maybe your experience of salvation and sanctification? If so, then your ability to see God is blinded. You will be powerless when faced with difficulties and will be forced to endure in darkness. If your power to see has been blinded, don’t look back on your own experiences, but look to God. It is God you need. Go beyond yourself and away from the faces of your idols and away from everything else that has been blinding your thinking. Wake up and accept the ridicule that Isaiah gave to his people, and deliberately turn your thoughts and your eyes to God.
One of the reasons for our sense of futility in prayer is that we have lost our power to visualize. We can no longer even imagine putting ourselves deliberately before God. It is actually more important to be broken bread and poured-out wine in the area of intercession than in our personal contact with others. The power of visualization is what God gives a saint so that he can go beyond himself and be firmly placed into relationships he never before experienced.