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Monday, December 3rd, '18

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CYBERNETICS

"And 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.


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