51. “You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!

52. Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him–

53. you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it.”

54. When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him.

55. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.

56. “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

57. At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him,

58. dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.

59. While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

60. Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.

http://bigchurch.com/p/bible/read.cgi?cv=7&version=niv&book=Acts

Modern & Post-Modern church goers are fixated on the sensational sacred event. Of course, being obsessed with another “hands-on”  hyped up marketable newsworthy experience at the church house misses the mark. We’ve crossed the line; we’ve trangressed the boundaries; we’ve removed the old landmarks in favor of a cheap thrill. What cost Christ his life, we are happy to demythologize out of our lives. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/demythologize

When will we see the real glory of God? Following Stephen’s example is a good starting place. But if you want your self-esteemed boosted or if you want to salve your conscience or if you need your own religious agenda validated, you are barking up the wrong tree.

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