Anthony W. Brooks
I annoy my wife. She wants to live a rather normal life and I always have to bring God into everything. She is a good Christian woman, but she believes God can be implied in a situation without having to be overtly expressed. And maybe she’s right. But I want to be careful not to leave him out, so I wield him like a hammer.
I’ve grown impatient with modern evangelicalism (as you can see here). They have turned the foundation of Christianity into tertiary matters. There no longer exists a concern to do things God’s way, but only a concern to tickle the chins of their Father Abraham singing preteens in skinny jeans. This type of seeker-sensitivity is appalling and should be condemned.
What Is God’s Way?
I’ve used the term “Worldview” several times (see here and here). This implies that all people see the world a certain way based on preconceptions that are assumed rather than experienced. This doesn’t mean that our experiences don’t help to form our assumptions, but that we have no empirical foundation to rest these assumptions on. So it is important to note that a Christian Worldview is “Seeing things God’s way”.
Many Christians are taught to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. You believe in Jesus and that is enough. In Douglas Wilson’s award winning novel Evangellyfish he hits this point home. You can live however you want because Jesus loves you, he’ll forgive you, don’t worry. This is the furthest from the truth. Yes, Jesus may love you, but forgiveness implies someone asking for it with a promise that it won’t happen again. Forgiveness implies actual knowledge and conviction of wrongdoing. So, no Jesus won’t forgive you. He won’t forgive you until you show a willingness to see it his way, confess your sin, then shun it. This is called repentance, gang.
“9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” – 1 John 1:9-10
Seeing Things God’s Way Will Change Everything
Many people tell me they want to change. I’m usually skeptical about how sure they are, but I want to give them the benefit of the doubt. I know they truly want that change when they actually change. Two things are required to accomplish this change. 1. They have to have a change of heart. 2. They have to have a change of mind.
The change of heart is getting out of their own way to progress. You have this change when you stop letting your feelings define what you believe and do. A very famous Jewish man once said, “Facts don’t care about your feelings.” And this is the truest of true statements. To me your feelings are obsolete. Sure, they can be well-founded, but when they aren’t and they still influence your decisions you are getting in your own way.
The change of mind is being willing to challenge your preconceptions about God, his word, and what the Bible says. This one is the hardest for most people because most people don’t realize that they have presuppositions in the first place. Their minds have always thought in this way and they never noticed the problem was there. When they do accomplish this goal the change is immediate.
Maybe you are one of those people I mentioned above. Those “evangellyfish” that are all squishy with squishy feelings and squishy preconceptions and your squishiness is getting all over yourself and others (now I need a sponge bath). But when you realize that your evangelical faith did come from somewhere, you’ll begin to notice that maybe the foundations of that faith go deeper than Jesus Loves Me This I Know, For The Bible Tells Me So… Maybe?
Soli Deo Gloria!
Picture: Douglas Wilson’s award winning novel Evangellyfish. Highly recommended by the Authors here at Covenant Heritage. You can buy it here or listen to it for free on the Canon Press App with subscription.