Monday, June 24, 2013

Gospel: Problem or Solution?

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If you died after not having chemotherapy, you died not because of the absence of chemo, but because of the cancer. Thus men suffer God’s wrath not because they didn’t hear the gospel, but because they’re sinners rebelling against a holy God—the gospel is the solution, not the problem.

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In today's modern (at least American) world, it is all about blame. I recently was reading some comments people were making about Common Core. One gentleman blamed our poor performance in education on the fact that some people believe dinosaurs walked with humans. Really? That explains it? Or is the real answer found in his answer in the fact that we arrogant Americans can't believe that other people or cultures might have a better way of doing some things? It is this arrogant line of thinking that in the '70's and '80's led us to such great advances at the Chevy Vega and Ford Pinto, opening the door for the quality minded Japanese to make huge advances into the auto industry. And now what is on of the slogans of one of our largest auto makers? "Quality is Job One."

We want to blame the gospel for the problems it creates, when the gospel is pure and holy, and does not create problems, it solves THE problem of humanity. But just like with anything, it can be abused or misused in the hands of sinful men.

Maybe that is why humility is such an important quality for the true Christian. Maybe that is why the Bible is more concerned with our inward focus, and not the outward one. Maybe that is why before we can remove that obvious, dog-gone plank from another, we need to worry about getting rid of that annoying speck in our own eye. The one that makes us squint and rub our eyes till they are red and we can't see clearly out of them. Cause if we could see clearly, we might see that that isn't a plank after all.

1 comment:

Kansas Bob said...

Made me think about this verse:

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." -John 3:16-18

In a sense, it is the sin of not believing in Jesus that is the issue.