We’ve started a conversation. Seems inoffensive and harmless, doesn’t it? While riffling through e-mails for payday loans, discount dentures, and the newest weight loss drug that can make you drop twenty pounds in five days, I happened upon an e-mail titled simply, ‘I disagree.’
That, by the way, is a perfect title for an e-mail, because it just raises too many questions. You just have to open it. What’s the person disagreeing about? Is it important? Are they right?
It turned out the person in question as disagreeing with my premise that as servants of God our duty is to obey.
Throughout the e-mail, this person kept talking about starting a conversation, and I found this strange because the conversation the person was referring to was not within the context of myself and them, (don’t know if it was a he or a she as yet) but within the context of mankind starting a conversation with God.
Apparently, if we disagree with God on certain issues, or certain tenets of the faith, well, we just start a conversation with Him, and tell Him our point of view, and make our case as to why we refuse to obey Him, and as such have become rebellious in word and in deed.
Being the curious cat that I am, I started to do a little research on this conversation starting business just to see what it was, and boy, did I ever find out.
To shorthand it for you, if you hear the word emergent, or hear someone going on incessantly about how they’ve started a conversation in the fellowship you are currently attending, run. Don’t wait until the song break, don’t wait for them to pass the plate, don’t wait for the likely effeminate gentleman standing on the dais to make a point…just run.
If this is what passes for Christianity nowadays, last one out turn off the lights and shut the door, ‘cause the party’s over. We’re done.
No, I’m not trying to be overly dramatic for drama’s sake. A whole new breed of believers are coming to the forefront who are actively questioning the deity of Christ, and concluding that whether or not He is the Son of God, born of a virgin, hanged on a cross, and raised the third day is irrelevant, as long as He was a good person and a sound teacher of higher moral standards.
Somewhere along the way we thought ourselves so wise, we stopped noticing our own foolishness, and persisted in it until its ultimate conclusion.
I’m just hurt, and saddened, and my heart aches, because these people and their message are no longer the fringe, they are no longer on the outskirts, they are now the mainstream, and those who continue to lift high the name Jesus, and echo His sentiment that no man goes to the Father but by Him, are seen as the outcasts, the fools, and the heretics.
We have succeeded in turning the world upside down, but not in the way the apostles did. We have succeeded in upturning and redefining light making it to mean darkness, and darkness making it to mean light. These are the days of which the Bible speaks, and clearly so. May we be wise enough to know the limits of our own wisdom, and trust in the word of God to be as a lamp unto our feet.
Apparently I never got the memo about our relationship with God no longer being about obedience, but rather about dialogue. Man will do anything to avoid repentance, obedience and subservience, including fooling himself into believing he will somehow get past the entrance into the kingdom of God without holiness.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.