I Consider that most articles I write as pamphlets of “holy propaganda”. My goal is to write and present articles that stir up revival in the hearts of men with vision to see the realities of heaven increase in the earth in Jesus’ name. This is a driving cause that does indeed burn within me. A longing for the things of heaven, the things in Father’s heart to manifest as light and power and love inside our hearts. Our purpose even as believers is to challenge one another with theses realities, to spur one another on in the advancement of the kingdom in our lifetime. As I write this now, I am writing within the propaganda mindset. I want to invoke you to burn for Jesus with fire on your head.
Our protest was born in the belly of the ages. This phrase recently just popped into my mind by the Spirit. Instantly I thought of my own encounters with such terminology as ‘propaganda’. But, before I go there, or even explain what I meant with the opening line of this paragraph, let us define term and its usage in historical events.
I have pulled a couple of resources together below to help us understand not just the definition of a word, but of a word that in itself is a movement.
The YourDictionary Web site defines propaganda as “any systematic, widespread dissemination or promotion of particular ideas, doctrines, practices, etc. to further one’s own cause or to damage an opposing one.” While it is true that many of the techniques associated with propaganda are also used in the practice of advertising or public relations, the term propaganda is usually applied to efforts to promote a particular political viewpoint. Additionally, propaganda can be used to promote specific religious views, making it similar to evangelism or proselytism.
The word propaganda comes from the Latin name Congregatio de Propaganda Fide (“Congregation for the Spreading of the Faith”). This department, founded by Pope Gregory XV in 1622, was devoted to the spread of Catholicism after the start of the Thirty Years’ War. The term itself does not specifically refer to any negative practice, although propaganda certainly has negative connotations in today’s society.
Propaganda as we see above originated as a congregation of people spreading faith. Then as we will see below, in the definitional sense it was used heavily in WWI and WWII on both sides of the war to influence the masses in the countries involved to takes stands.
Literally translated from the Latin gerundive as “things that must be disseminated”, in some cultures the term is neutral or even positive, while in others the term has acquired a strong negative connotation. The connotations of the term “propaganda” can also vary over time. For example, in Portuguese and some Spanish language speaking countries, particularly in the Southern Cone, the word “propaganda” usually refers to the most common manipulative media — “advertising”.
In English, “propaganda” was originally a neutral term used to describe the dissemination of information in favor of any given cause. During the 20th century, however, the term acquired a thoroughly negative meaning in western countries, representing the intentional dissemination of often false, but certainly “compelling” claims to support or justify political actions or ideologies. (Source Wiki)
While researching the terminology and definitions of the word I have come to the conclusion that it really depends on the source as to whether you receive a positive or negative connotation of the word. Today it seems to primarily relate to the influence and exchange of ideas from business, to politics, and persuasive reporting in the media.
While the term propaganda has acquired a strongly negative connotation by association with its most manipulative and jingoistic examples, propaganda in its original sense is neutral, and may also be construed to refer to uses which are generally held to be relatively benign or innocuous, such as public health recommendations, signs encouraging citizens to participate in a census or election, or messages encouraging persons to report crimes to the police, among others. (Wiki)
In the USA, “Uncle Sam” is the symbol of propaganda. Usually it is not negative and inspires us to help our country in any way that we can.
Another symbol that comes to mind is the swastika. The symbol of the Nazis, and obviously it is usually a very negative connotation that comes to mind. One positive that can be redeemed from Hitler using so much negative propaganda is that we can have our guard up if something like them tries to rise up again. Hitler even had a Propaganda Minister of the Third Reich; Joseph Goebbels, who came up with the staggering statement:
If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will
eventually come to believe it.
Skateboarding and Revolution?
My introduction to the word propaganda came at a young age in a completely different facet than that which I have been describing. When i was 10 years old I watched a skateboard video called “Propaganda.” I think they used the word to promote skateboarding, yes, but more so because it sounded cool.
For some reason though, the word has always stuck out to me. Next of course I began to learn more about it in school. At that time, while attending ministry school in Pensacola, FL, the school I attended organized a trip to Washington DC for an event on the Mall known as The Call.It was a gathering of over 400,000 people, mostly youth, to fast and pray for our nation.
The president of our school, Dr. Michael Brown, was in a rush the weeks prior to the event to get his then-latest book finished so he could give out 100,000 copies free to the crowd. The book was called Revolution: A Call to Holy War.The theme and heartbeat of the school at the time was revolution. Not a political revolution, but a spiritual revolution. And of course the books were in a sense propaganda. They were there to share the vision of spiritual transformation within a society and culture.
So this idea of propaganda has seemingly and sometimes subtly followed me in way ever since I watched the aforementioned skateboarding video.
The word itself when spoken is not a normal word. It dials up certain mindsets in different people. Either way, it is a powerful word! I would also say that it is captivating and challenging as well when spoken.
In its roots, propaganda means congregation of spreading the faith.
As I mentioned mentioned repeatedly in this post, the phrase that came to mind was holy propaganda. At first, even though it was something that the Lord was showing me, I tried to change holy to something else. In my mind I put several phrases together but nothing had the same impact to my spirit man as holy.
“Holy” is the word used as the English translation of the Hebrew word “qodesh,” and the Greek word “hagios.” (Strong’s Hb 6944; Gr 40.) Both primarily mean the same thing; “sacred.” When something in the Old Testament was considered sacred, it was “set apart” or “sanctified.” In the New Testament we are the ones that are “set apart” or holy.
The Holy of Holies or the Most Holy Place was where, in the OT, God’s presence would reside. It was set apart and sacred. Only one person per year could enter, and that was to make atonement for the sins of the people. In the NT, those who know Him are the ones in whom His presence resides.
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you ? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy and that is what you are. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)
Holy propaganda is not so much the use of pamphlets and posters, but of a life filled with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God is holy and that is the work He does in us, making us holy.
The subtext: Our protest was born in the belly of the ages, was the reaction in my spirit to holy propaganda. I thought that is sounded epic. If you look throughout the ages there has always been the call of man to a relationship with his heavenly Father that sets him apart from the world. A holy life devoted to him and a burning desire to see all men everywhere come to know Him and learn His ways. In every age there is a resistance to this call. Holiness is a protest against this. It is not a declaration of captivity to a God of rules, but a demonstration of the freedom of a God of love!
True holiness is not abiding in rules, but abiding in Him (John 15). In abiding in him we protest the ideas that rage against the pure freedom and joy that arrives in the hearts of men when they know Him.
So in our age and in our generation, this meager message is an attempt to persuade the Body of Christ to become by their very lives holy propaganda.
The Holy Spirit lives in us. All the power that Jesus has flows through us to captivate people with the love of the Father. The most effective propaganda is supernatural power. The book of Acts is filled with the power of God that flowed in the midst of the Roman empire, who were even more ruthless than the likes of Hitler. A thriving fellowship of believers is the perfect place for us to establish these gifts and begin to walk in our manifestation of the sons of God (Romans 8:19).
There are ministries such as Bound4Life that are using forms of propaganda to influence society to the right of life for a baby in the womb. It originated as a way of spreading the faith, so let us reclaim it in every facet and venue to advance the kingdom of heaven in the earth.
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