Monday, October 10, 2011

Opinions and Butts

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which  depends on human traditions and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)

            Being influenced by different ideas  is probably one of the most difficult struggles that I see for many Christians. Most Christians don’t even know that they are going through this struggle. We all have our own opinions and ideas about the way life works. In addition to our ideas there are billions of other ideas that range from how to live life and even the best way to be a Christian. These viewpoints and ideologies influence our life and opinions about the world we live in. In the Christian realm, there are thousands of different perspectives on what a Christian is. The secular world fairs no better; they have equal, if not more differing views on life then the Christian. So in this cesspool of ideas and opinions, which one do we follow?
            I don’t nearly have enough time or space to write about the different views of our planet. What I challenge the Christian today with is to look at the core of message of Christianity. It is not a specific doctrine, it is not a specific life style, nor does it have to do with a denomination. What it has to do with is Jesus. “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (verse 2-3). Read that last part again; to know the mystery of God is found in Christ. It is not in doctrine, it is not in church, it is not even found in the Bible. It is found in Jesus. Doctrine, church, and the Bible can give readers wrong interpretations. All you have to do is turn on the Christian channel, read church history, or even read some books to know that this is apparent. You have to look at life through the lens of Jesus. You have to read the bible through the lens of Jesus. You have to go to Church through the lens of Jesus.  It is all about Jesus. So my challenge is to look in him. Whatever your ideas are in your walk put them in comparison to Jesus. Would he agree with you? Doing this exercise will build your relationship with him because you’re getting to know him more. Knowing Jesus more opens a veil to the mystery of God. Knowing Jesus is the essential and absolute element in Christianity.
            Do this even with all the secular arguments about the nature of life. Put them into contrast with Jesus. I have been doing this for a while now and the results are interesting.