The Write Place- Curtis Bruce Kessler

June 8, 2010

Experiencing Spiritual Recrudescence

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Spiritual Recrudescence

In Hawaii, on the mosaic at Punch Bowl in Oahu, you will find the entire history of WW2 in beautiful detail. As I read and re-discovered my great appreciation of the sacrifice and cost of untold lives to bring home victory, I noticed this one particular quote “The problem basically is theological and involves a spiritual recrudescence and improvement of human character.” I instantly realized that here was a phrase that by today’s standard would be rebuked, ridiculed, and there would be an attempt to re-phrase the language in order to be less offensive.

But this phrase does speak to a very serious issue. General Douglas MacArthur quoted the above phrase during the surrender of Japan. Here is the full quote, “Military alliance, balances of power, the League of Nations—all in turn have failed. We have had our last chance. If we do not devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door. The problem basically, is theological and involves a spiritual recrudescence and improvement of human character that will synchronize with our almost matchless advance in science, art, literature, and all material and cultural developments of the past two thousand years. It must be of the spirit if we are to save flesh.”

“Wars and factions and fighting have no other source than the body and its lusts. For it is for the getting of wealth that all our wars arise, and we are compelled to get wealth because of our body, to whose service we are slaves.” PLATO

The underlying problem with war, with any conflict whether personal or national, with abuse, neglect, and with sin is the heart within us all and that demands a theological and spiritual resolution. “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?”
(James 4:1)

R. V. G. Tasker has said, “Human nature is indeed in the grip of an overwhelming army of occupation. Its natural aim, it can truthfully be said, is pleasure; and when we consider the amount of time, energy, money, interest and enthusiasm that men and women give to the satisfaction of this aim we can appreciate the accuracy of James’ diagnosis; and Christians can use it as a reliable yardstick by which to measure the sincerity of their religion. Is God or pleasure the dominant concern of their life?”

There can be only one solution to the desires of the flesh and a spiritual recrudescence and improvement of human character- Jesus Christ and His Spirit. Romans 7:24-25 “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God–through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.” Romans 8:6 “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.”

Bruce Kessler

P.S. Definition for recrudescence per dictionary.com is: breaking out afresh or into renewed activity; revival or reappearance in active existence.

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