As I sit in my car listening to Oprah’s satellite radio station, she chats with special guests about how Christianity has stifled the freedom and inspiration of her life growing up. Yet, I am more and more encouraged by the fact that, while many people will seek answers from so many other sources in this world regarding truth, it is the God of the universe that has graciously revealed himself to an undeserving sinner like me. He has not only revealed truths about himself, but He pursued me, and keeps lovingly pursuing me to see Him as truly the only source for life and happiness. The fact is that most people do not and indeed cannot, come to this sort of revelation, apart from the Holy Spirit working in their hearts and the Father drawing them.
Analytics seeks to lead the person to analyze their ways in order to actually look unto Jesus, who is the author and perfecter of faith. Lamentations 3:40 tells us to “Examine our ways and return to the Lord.” This is my theme scripture for Analytics, and over the next few months, I will be blogging about different things that I personally have analyzed and examined, and consequently weighed on the scale of Christ and His Word. My hope is that people like Oprah, and myself who have looked within ourselves so often and not to God and his word, will learn to die more to ourselves and rest from our works, as Christ is made alive with us.
What do you tell someone who sees Christianity as just another notch, in the egotistical, judgmental, bible-thumping worldview of a person’s made up, maddening persona? What do people interpret from your version of Christianity, when they watch your walk, or your lifestyle, or your relationship, or even you social networks? What would people say about your version of Christianity when you are dead? Will we have to lie at your funeral?
The decisive reality other people should come to, when they take a sample of our lives, is ultimately, the truth of the Gospel. Even if they reject it, they should do so on the basis that we believed and lived out the truth of the Gospel, not because of a character flaw that served to dim the light of the Gospel. Peter stands up in Acts 2 to clarify what is going on with the believers who were filled with the Spirit on that day. The overarching theme of the Gospel is that we cannot accomplish salvation within ourselves. It takes God and God alone to transform wicked men, to open their eyes, to draw them to Himself, to spark Love for God in their hearts, and to accurately worship Him in Spirit and truth. Therefore, I would venture to say that if the Gospel you believe leads you to self-works alone, to self-edification, to deification of man, and the centering of human beings within our universe, then your gospel is no gospel at all. You have most likely been duped, in which case we are called to examine our ways, analyze our hearts, weigh it with Christ, His Word, His Church, and return to the Lord
released November 30, 2012
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