Distractions: Annoying or Deadly?
One of the most important things my teachers in high school always told me was to stick to the point and to build everything else around that point, whether it be supporting details, examples, or something else. I’ve been wanting to get more into blogging, and one thing I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is the Christian life. I want to address Christians as well as skeptics. Oh yes, back to the point! I think it’s important to understand what’s really important to the Christian life so that we can economically steward what’s entrusted to us… time, money, energy, resources, relationships, etc.… We have a limited amount of all of these, and it’s important that we don’t let our time on Earth slip away into eternity while constantly chasing things that do not matter, having never focused on the main thing.
As Christians, we ought to do our best to view everything through the lens of the Bible. No apologies there. I am not against reason, and I am a huge proponent of independent thinking. However, I also try to be honest with myself, and I can’t deny what I’ve experienced.
I think it’s obvious that the Bible was written by people a long time ago in a culture very far removed from our own. To a skeptic, this almost sounds like an introduction to Star Wars, but the principle message of the Bible remains true. It speaks to all aspects of life that humanity has been wrestling with from the beginning. It’s these timeless truths that transcend time, place, and culture.
One of the best pieces of advice I got in preparing to depart for South Asia for 2 years was that “different doesn’t necessarily mean wrong; different could just mean different”. When something seems strange, I try to ask myself, “Do I think this is strange just because I haven’t experienced it before, or is it warned against in the Bible?” This is why it is so important as Christians, that we make judgements based on the Bible, not our own biases. Obviously, we are going to fail at this because we don’t live in a perfect world yet. It’s true— I’m a white, male, millennial, American, living in the 21st century; no apologies there either. I don’t have any control over any of these aspects of my identity; it’s just the way God made me. I do recognize, however, that there are aspects of my identity that affect the way I view the world.
The truth is that everyone is going to have a slightly different view than others around them. If we can do our best to remove our natural biases when we view the world, we will naturally be more unified as a country and as the human race. As Christians, this means that whoever we are, one thing is certain – that we let the truth of holy Scripture, not our biases, be our primary influence in all matters. Our goal as Christians is to be more like Jesus Christ and less like ourselves. This doesn’t mean that we completely abandon who we are, but we now employ all that God has given us, including everything that makes us unique, for our God-given purpose, to love God and love people.