Long ago, I had an interesting conversation with my brother Tom at his home. We were standing by and talking about the fish pond he had built several months before and he was pointing out the hundreds of smaller fish that were in the pond. He said they were “B.I.C fish.” …Wha? ….”Yeah.” he said, “These fish were born in captivity.” I will never forget those words.
As I have reflected on that conversation many times over the years, I’m reminded how we all, because of our great-grandfather Adam’s bad decision, are born into this world …in captivity. We are born into the world system, which has enormous complexities of systems within worldly systems, as slaves to make bricks for Pharaoh. It’s called Egypt: the ecosystem of the race of the Gentile. And in this ecosystem, our only food is the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Then at some point in our lives, we might invest into the religious system: the ecosystem of the race of the “Jew.” It is a layer of the pond that looks inviting but it is still captivity. It’s called Babylon. It’s a place of mixture and confusion. It’s a place of fur, dust, and feathers. Remember the tower (Gen11)? Each religion has its own language, jargon, focus, and rhetoric. And within each religious sect there are likely hundreds if not thousands of sub-sects. Just look at the Christian religion and it’s more than 33,000 different de-“nominations.” No wonder we are so confused. So, without an intervention, each of us are either captive to Egypt, or Babylon, or we might/likely have a foot in both camps. Both places are within the pond of captivity where the fruit of tree of the knowledge of good and evil is the staple food. But then… thank God, an Intervener comes. He dips His hand into the pond to scoop us into a new realm: the ecosystem of the New race, a 3rd race: Christ (1Cor10:32). A realm above, a realm of freedom, a free-domain where we can eat from, and dance around, a totally different tree: the tree of Life: who is Christ. But first, …we have to die.
For me, that Revelation 18:4 moment came 17 years ago when I heard “come out of her” and He lifted me out of the pond. He had to do it. I could not. That was my Abrahamic moment, an invitation to come out of my father’s country and into Canaan. And so I left Christianity and came into Christ. I left the religious system and went into the wilderness where He began a cross-laden detox program to deliver me from the man-made systems of Egypt and Babylon. I was addicted to things like leading songs several times a week (called “worship” in Christianity jargon) and various non-value human-centered religious compulsions induced from a bad diet, from eating from the wrong tree: the “God’s holy, you’re not, try harder” rhetoric that spills from every raised platform in the pond. You are what you eat.
I had to be brought to below ground zero. I had to die. I had to be buried. And He did just that. He didn’t just reboot my CPU: He destroyed the hard drive. Then He began installing a new generation hard drive that spins around a different center. He loaded a uniquely compatible OS software that only the new drive could use to compute with. My new “drive” had become Christ and Christ alone. I had to learn a new program with a language from another realm. A simple language based upon ones and zeros. It’s either Christ or it’s not.
As He transitioned me through the interface at surface of the pond, and into the new realm, I came to see the travesty of it all. Like Paul, I had come to see that my previous life in the pond was rubbish or dung (Phil3:8): that the pond systems are craftily inspired by Satan to derail God’s eternal purpose and are brought into being by the cooperative hand and traditions of man. I saw how modern institutional Christianity is a counterfeit system designed to frustrate God’s eternal purpose for creating in the first place. God’s eternal purpose is to enlarge the Son through a vessel formed from his side: a bride for the Son, a body for the Son, a family for the Father, and a house for the Spirit.
I remember a picture the Lord gave me in January of the year 2000. As he transitioned me from below the water level into the domain above, I saw a fenced barnyard where the animals were ankle-deep in their own wet muck and happily all ran to the fence as a thin flake of hay was thrown by the hireling over the fence and onto the mucky ground. The animals were grateful to have even just a single flake (pun intended). Then, transitioning to above the surface of the pond, I saw hills full of green Grass and the animals were laying in the Grass and chewing the Cud as a Shepherd was standing watch.
When one is lifted from the pond He takes center stage, we only see Him, high and lifted up (Isaiah 6:1). He fills the house. He is the New realm. In this New realm, there is clarity, there is unity: there is only one race, a New race, who is Christ. Within the New realm there is hyper simplicity. There is no confusion. No mixture. No fur, dust, and feathers choking the atmosphere. It is simply Christ. No arguments, no rhetoric. Like in the atom or the spinning earth, it’s a bi-polar reality. There is no grey. Like the computer, all calculations are based upon ones and zeros. It’s either up or down, you are either in or out, hot or cold. It’s either life in the waters above or death in the waters below. The only opinion is Christ. Like looking at the starry heavens with the naked eye it is simply black or white. He is the center. It’s either plumb or it’s not. It is Christ and Christ alone. There are no shadows. Either you are for Him or you are against Him. In the end, it is not disputable and opinions don’t matter. And there will be silence in heaven for half an hour. He quietly says ..just shut up …and dance with Me.
PS. After I had written this article Saturday morning, my son wanted to watch the movie BFG that Saturday night. I guess it just recently came out as a new release on Netflix. It looked like it would be kinda weird from the lead in picture/words but, since Spielberg produced it, I said OK lets watch it. It’s about a humble giant (hmmm) who does battle on behalf of a girl. The movie so rich in pictures, types, and shadows of Christ. And at one particular point I was stunned as the giant did something really interesting …with a pond! I encourage you to watch it. And brothers and sisters, in the comments below, tell us what images, types, and shadows you see of Christ in it. Join the dance.