Monday, December 3rd, '18
All rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson
God has set some in the church...governments..." (1 Corinthians 12:28)
Cyber is a computer term that
prefixes words like cyberspace, cyber-warfare, cyber-terrorism or what have
you. Cybernetics has to do with integrating human intelligence and artificial
systems whether computer, robotic or whatever. Spielberg's current blockbuster Transformers
is another cyborg tale of man and machine coming together as an unstoppable
unit. A fighter pilot and his jet have a cybernetic relationship. It is interesting
that our word cybernetics comes from the Bible word used here in our text, kubernesis,
translated "governments". The concept is that of man and machine working
together, in this case the machine being church structure, ecclesia.
The word is used two other times in
the New Testament translated in Acts 27:11 as "master and owner of the ship"
and in Revelation 18:17 as "shipmaster". He is the one that governs the ship,
the guy who has the car's steering wheel in his hands. So "governments" in this
context has nothing to do with winning church elections or chairing the deacon
board, but rather that ability to see and oversee. Kinetic power gets things
moving, cybernetic power gets things moving in the right direction. Kubernesis
is the "steering committee" of the church, though God normally works best
through a man, not a committee. Someone chuckled that a camel is horse designed
by a committee.
Leadership and rulership go
together but they are not the same thing. The man in the crow's nest can offer
leadership, "Turn the rudder, there's a sandbar up ahead!" But the direction
and degree to which that rudder is angled is a decision made by one having
authority and rule. Rulership assumes there will be some rules.
That implies that each of us are
shipmasters, each is responsible for kubernesis. The psychology and
metaphysics crowd use the term psycho-cybernetics but the church really ought
to co-opt that word because we believe and teach that the psyche, our
mental faculties, should be under control of the shipmaster. Maintaining an
athletic body is another form of cybernetics. Yes, we believe in exercise,
staying fit and bringing the body "under subjection" (1 Corinthians 9:27). But
our rule goes a step further. Solomon wrote, "He that has no rule over his own
spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls" (Proverbs 25:28).
The spiritual shipmaster is to run a tight ship. Ultimately Jesus is
"captain of our salvation". We are answerable to Someone. Life isn't a pleasure
cruise; it is a battleship penetrating enemy waters. That calls for governance,
order, keeping rank, authority and accountability. Man runs the machine; the
Holy Spirit runs the man. Working in harmony there is navigation. When you put
on your clothes today and head off into the blue yonder, remember, you are
piloting the greatest machine ever made, a free moral person.