This blog goes out to specifically my Christian brothers and sisters:
If there is one thing I cannot stand it is someone who has an answer for everything, and that answer is not “I don’t know.” We all know them and sometimes we are that person. The easiest answer is that “God has a plan!”
We all come across situations in life where people have questions about life, existence, eternity, morality, theology, religion, etc. It is easy to say that God has a plan (and I believe he does and I absolutely will continue to say that in the right situation) but what if the person you are talking to doesn’t believe in God? Does that phrase have any weight or do you just sound like every other Jesus Freak? Well maybe the solution is to just whip out some scripture to quote on them. That should convict their pants off and then they will have no choice but to agree with you. Do they know what the Bible is or why you are quoting it? The question you need to ask yourself in these situations is do I want to win the debate or the person?
Do you see where I’m going with this? 1 Corinthians 8:1 says “Knowledge puffs up but Love builds up.” My point is that knowing scripture, posting it all over online, sharing it with people and hiding God’s word in our heart is outstanding but it means nothing if we don’t practice living like Christ. Growing up a pastors kid and being around theologians, pastors, ministers, seminary students and the like has been great to learn the depths of God’s word, but it’s given me a beef with the church. I have watched countless numbers of this group debate for hours about the nuances of scriptural context, hermeneutics, and apologetics and walk away feeling great about themselves, meanwhile they watched their church is die in front of them because they aren’t practicing the basic principle of Christ stepping into the lives of sinners and eating with them, hanging out with them, speaking directly into their lives and walking beside them.
1 Corinthians 13:2 says we can have all the knowledge in the world but if we don’t have love we have nothing.
YES. Theology is important. (Acts 17:11, 2 Tim. 3:16) But why would a non-Christian person listen to a word you said if they only thought you wanted to win an argument, take their rights, or limit their abilities? I’d like to think an encouraging word, a helping hand, or a friendly smile would go much further in sharing what the Gospel is. After all “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.