Sin has made our imaginative and prescient opaque and our minds boring. We don’t see God for who he actually is and ourselves for who we actually are. We expect far too little of God and much too extremely of ourselves. On our personal we’re doomed to look blindly and assume badly.
However as our interior nature is renewed by the Phrase, our imaginative and prescient turns into progressively clearer. Our minds turn out to be sharp. We put apart the ugly lies we as soon as believed and embrace the gorgeous truths. Pondering effectively—seeing and understanding the world because it really is—is a privilege and obligation of each believer.
However the privilege and obligation upon us isn’t merely to consider the correct issues. We additionally want to return to these beliefs in the correct manner. It’s not sufficient to reach at theological conclusions that mirror the thoughts of God; it’s additionally necessary to succeed in these conclusions in a manner that displays the character of God. God’s want isn’t merely that we mirror his reality in our conclusions, however that we mirror his character in our deliberations.
And this, I worry, is the place too many people do too poorly. A lot of our theological refining is now carried out on-line. When information breaks or points come up, we head for social media the place we are able to observe or take part in real-time debate. We don’t perform these discussions with associates in neighborhood however with strangers in our on-line world. We don’t carry them out by way of face-to-face interactions however by way of digital media. We use impulsive, dehumanizing types of communication and act shocked when our discussions are breakneck and inhumane.
The Bible calls us to each reality and love—not some squishy love that refuses to call error, but additionally not some reality that’s harsh and brutal. Our pursuit of reality is to be carried out in a loving manner, which is to say, a godlike manner. This love is affected person and sort (as a result of God is affected person and sort). This love is mild and forbearing (as a result of God is mild and forbearing). This love is prepared to maneuver slowly and to rejoice at small features (as a result of God is prepared to maneuver slowly and to rejoice at small features). It doesn’t surrender simply, doesn’t have unrealistic expectations, and doesn’t assume unwell motives. It acknowledges the widespread bond of the Spirit—that deepest potential supply of deepest potential unity.
My worry and concern about so lots of at present’s debates is that even when we win many battles, we should lose the conflict. We could defend reality, however what have we gained if our triumph comes by way of scorched-earth battles that deal with different believers because the enemy and grind them beneath foot? Sure, God means for us to protect the content material of the gospel, however he additionally means for us to protect the individuals of the gospel. He cares deeply for his reality, but additionally for his church. It’s not simply the victory that’s significant to him, however means by way of which the victory is achieved.
As Christians, we have now the good privilege of seeing the world because it actually is, and of believing in regards to the world what is actually true. However my brothers and sisters, let’s commit amongst ourselves to be as involved in regards to the journey because the vacation spot. Let’s guarantee our discussions and debates are as marked by Christian character as our conclusions are grounded in biblical reality.