Please scan yesterday’s parable first if you haven’t read it already.
Key facts of the story, for recall: a talented Christian vocalist was chosen to impersonate a very non-Christian vocal performer on tours. The vocalist seemed to leave her background behind, her fan base shifted, and no one seemed to recall that she had Christian roots. She was, for all intents and purposes, functioning in another world. Below is the interpretation of the parable.
The real story I have in mind is not yet over, so the conclusion to the last post was fabricated in the hope that it would eventually be proven false. Yesterday’s storytelling amalgamated actual characters with some fiction, yet it was based on a lot of truth.
The problem here is not that a Christian vocalist was recognized as having huge dramatic and vocal talent.
Nor is the problem that she loved rock music. (And I’m not just saying that because I myself like some rock music.)
That she patterned herself vocally to some extent after Parthenos is questionable, because it betrays something about Miriam’s standards, developed over a period of time, but even that might be excused.
The problem is that Miriam, purportedly from one kingdom, began to live in another kingdom, another world. She seemed to have sold out, transferring her loyalty to the new world that stood opposed to the world of her first identity. All her activity was in her new world. The kingdom in which Miriam was living and Christ’s Kingdom were entirely incompatible, and she seemed to do nothing to counter either the impression or the underlying problem.
It has not been my point to make any sort of ultimate judgment, or even a temporal one, about “Miriam.” I really have no idea whether the real character I have in mind has somehow been internally adhering to Christian faith during her Parthenos phase. I do, on the other hand, mean to call attention to the apparent, dramatic shift from one system to another. I find it inconceivable that one could live that much in the world of Parthenos and not be of that world.
Coming soon (Feb/March 2016):
Subjects of the KINGDOM
Foundations, Commentary, and Expository Essays
Historically, philosophically, and with pointed, timely commentary, this book deals with the two “kingdoms” . . . and, more directly, with the relationship of
- the Christian, a subject in God’s kingdom
- civil governments, political systems, and military roles as manifestations of the other kingdom
The predominant viewpoints in this book, originating in the notion of the transcendence of God and His Kingdom, are relatively uncommon these days, yet they had in the past been more common.