What we believe1. We are blinder than we know
2. Repentance is a verb
3. There is no they
“The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined. Herein lies the real place of Christian scholarship. Christian scholarship is the Church’s prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close. Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God. Yes, it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament.” — Soren Kierkegaard
I want to propose and active response to this understanding. The next time you read your scriptures instead of walking away thinking you have been enlightened. Take the challenge to radically obey the teaching of this scripture for 30 days. Don't be super concerned with obeying the precise truth taught (don't complicate the truth); make a distinct effort to live an active rebuke of your fear of obedience. This is why we do the challenges of the well. This needs to be an active part of your hermeneutic. The active rebuke of fear and our flesh must be an integral part of our discipleship strategy (bible study).
But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3
The acumen of Christian leadership is proof of their lack faith (or proof of their defeat).
Psalm 33:17 "A horse is a false hope for victory; Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength."
A pastor is also a false hope. We choose talented and gifted individuals because they offer us hope that we cannot find alone. The insecurity and uncertainty is erased by their degrees and confident voice. The insecurity is driven away by the sheer size of the group that has assembled around him. The insecurity is driven away and the hand of God departs as we cling to the structure and not to the maker. Do not be afraid. Fear will bring to the footstool of the Lord and He will be your comfort.
- People do not understand how I interact with church, please do not make your own decisions based on not understanding mine. #
I thought about those science shows where young kids develop inventions and solutions to problems. I haven't seen them in a while, but I always enjoyed watching the creativity of kids solving problems. I was thinking about that the other day and it lead me to think about this situation…
Think of this like one of those challenges that they give to six grade science students.
The Challenge: devise a vehicle to help people travel a difficult road that is described as "straight" and "narrow."
What do you think they would come up with?
If you left it to the adults they would create a gigantic jello mold sphere with a small hard center and roll it down the balance beam. This is the contemporary church solution: one huge blob of people located ambiguously around a central leader, who leads mostly through emotional connections.
Our culture's popularity centric model is a corporate behemoth gone wrong.
Of all the things these so-called-leaders are doing this week, honestly considering their strategy is not one of them. Don't listen to what they say, just watch them. And don't just sit outside and think that you are better than them because you can see their folly. What is your model? Take some time today and pencil out your model.
- I've been blogging a bit. Every Thursday, I'm going to toss something on the Well. Today I wrote about the idea of youth…. #
They used to be called parents. I am of course speaking of the generation who has come before us—those who gave birth to us. But watch as they strive to be thought of as the generation who will come after us. Fighting to look like our children, they cry out to be known as the voice of the future. They are the generation of teenagers, and they’re paying billions of dollars to prove it. The problem with adolescence is not that we must mature to get out of it, but we must mature to get it out of us.