The Stratfor Global Intelligence report suggests that there was an international system that shaped the international economic system, and that from 1500-1991 this was pretty static, but that the last 20 years are marking a major change. Such analysis is beyond my knowledge but the article certainly articulates it well. It also coincides with the Reformation era to the third 20th century global outpouring of the Spirit.
Jesus came to the Graeco-Roman world. This is the axis currently that is under huge pressureSince early 2000s the major theme that has been the focus for many is the Imperial spirit, the ‘taking up of the Roman way’. For those with a European focus the realisation that there have been successive ‘days’ in the Gospel history, and that a major cradle for the Gospel was the European continent, from where the mission went out (Catholic and Protestant) carrying a good seed but an Imperial package, has meant repentance, prayer, the willingness to experience exile, to explore the pain and joys of finding a totally new configuration and setting.
So now we have a European and all-but global crisis. This is not going to end. There is a new world that is being birthed, or at least a new configuration of the former world. Jesus came to the Graeco-Roman world. This is the axis currently that is under huge pressure. From there it can only spread East and West. The centres of the Spanish and Babylonian Empires are certainly going to find themselves right in line.
The banking world has to be re-configured. That might be the most visible aspect but it is not the only aspect off our world that is being re-configured.
We live in days of huge significance. Democracy has died a death in the West. I have written before that the democratic process cannot be equated with democracy. Things are the way they are because of the democratic process. For example, increasingly money is being used to manipulate political scenarios.
A huge sign is the Occupy tents on the ground of St Paul’s, the very place where the Corporation finds it roots in 1066, that gave birth to one of the major centres of global finances and its autonomous structure (I am speaking of the City of London, the square mile). The ‘Lord Mayor’ sits as a trustee on the board of St Paul’s. Symbolism all the way of what we have come to.
So what does this mean for us? True democratisation is the work of the Spirit. ‘They all received’, ‘they all spoke’, ‘we all hear’. It is the reversal of Babel (and all towers confuse language).
Who knows what will come through the crisis politically and economically, but surely it is a new day here for the body. The day of democratisation. The Roman way, the titles, the personality glitz culture? We say ‘goodbye’.
Rome might be burning, some might continue to fiddle while Rome burns… I think it is time to sing a new song.