I am slow to give an opinion or to express what’s on my mind. Usually it takes me some time to process and to think through situations. It can be very frustrating to friends and loved ones, it might even be frustrating to my church family, those for whom I am an under-shepherd. I take my time not because of fear, those that know me know that I will speak my mind. My hesitation comes from a realization of how important and significant it is to be Gospel-centered in matters such as these.
The truth is that the Gospel has a standard that is much higher than we, as humans without Christ, could ever understand. It is far too common that the adopted identity of the general public or at least what is portrayed, is a one-dimensional, shallow, caricature that resembles something out of CNN or FOX NEWS. If one side is for any given position, the other is almost predictably against that issue.
The Gospel raises our identity to a level that is beyond the worldliness that surrounds us. Our identity is now in Christ and the ramifications of that are multifaceted and unlike other worldviews. The wisdom of God is foolishness to man. The response, attitude, and message that we proclaim will appear as foolishness to worldly perspectives on both sides of the aisle.
As Christians, we should have a response and we can’t avoid our responsibility. The Gospel requires us to be involved; to be more than the one-dimensional caricatures that I spoke on earlier. It involves every bit of us, we have to surrender our wisdom, we have to surrender our identity, and be shaped and molded by the identity of Christ. There are some very important things that our Savior Jesus Christ assigned to us, we cannot understand these things in human terms, in human understanding, or in a worldly perspective. We have to allow the gospel to penetrate and shape us, so that we may understand and live as ambassadors for Christ.
Although it takes me a while to get started, once I get going, it’s lengthy enough that I have to do my writing in two parts. Be on the lookout tomorrow for part two. I’ve referenced several scriptures today. Please go check it out, read it in context, and study some commentary. In the meantime, check out the book, Woke Church, by Dr. Eric Mason.
John 18:36 (CSB)
36 “My kingdom is not of this world,” said Jesus. “If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would fight, so that I wouldn’t be handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.”
John 15:19 (CSB)
19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it, the world hates you.
Romans 12:2 (CSB)
2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
Galatians 6:10 (CSB)
10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.
1 John 2:15 (CSB)
A Warning about the World
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.