I lead Bible study in my small group at Dalmeny Community Church again on Wednesday. I was so pumped because I had something that I was really passionate about that I wanted to talk about. See, on Tuesday night I was sitting in my living room and saw this book my mom had brought home from their church library, titled Now, that’s a good question!…*one of today’s most sought-after theologians answers more than 300 frequently asked questions about life and faith*… Anything from “does God care about the material well-being of people?” to, “What is our responsibility to the poor?” and the questions go on and on. I was blown away by the fact that people will actually go to this book to have their questions answered instead of going to the source of real Truth. And I was blown away by the fact that with a lot of the questions, he didn’t really give real answers. He talked a lot of fluff and skirted around the issues. I mean seriously, this book is as thick as my Bible: why trust a man’s answer to our questions when we know God’s answers are within the Bible?? We don’t need to put our faith in what others think is true, because God promises us that He will show us His good, acceptable, and perfect will is. This will happen as a result of us giving our lives to God.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2
We do not need to seek the answers of theologians in order to gain understanding. God speaks to everyone, not just the over-educated! People get this rediculous thought in their heads that people who have been to Bible school for a bazillion years are closer to God than they are. Like they are slightly “more saved” than them. Um, hell-o.
So I talked about that and then I played this song called The Vision. I don’t know who sings it, it’s on an album put out by 24/7 Prayer…I borrowed it from Jer… Anyway, it is an incredibly amazing song. Listening to it makes me feel like I’ve been to church. Real church. Agh, it’s so hard to explain. It is God’s vision for us to live as Christ and to serve Him with all we have, serving others, not ourselves. Here, check this out, this is just a few lines from it:
Their DNA chooses life. He breathes out, they breathe in.
Their subconscious sings.
They had a blood transfusion with Jesus.
Their words make demons scream in shopping malls.
With sleepless nights and fruitless days,
they pray as if it all depends on God
and they live as if it all depended on them.
A life like this is a result of being transformed by the renewing of your mind. That’s what I was hoping to get across. And I don’t think I did that at all. I don’t know if any of that came out. Man, I get passionate about something and then it all just spills out and then I try to make sense of what I’ve said, but I don’t know how to. I…I said all this stuff and didn’t know what my end conclusion was and then I think I totally lost them with where I was going with it all. So there I was, ranting about how I hate books that claim to have all the answers when only one Book has the answers. Raving about having your mind transformed, having a blood transfusion with Jesus. Playing songs that celebrate “being free, yet being slaves of the dirty and hurting and dying. What’s the vision? The vision is Jesus!”
I’m sick of cozy, comfortable Christianity.
Guess I’m sounding like a heretic more and more these days. I only hope it continues. And I hope that when I talk about it to people it will begin to make some kind of sense instead of making me sound like I’m totally crazy.