So I did something really nerdy. I have started re-reading my New Testament textbook from college. I came across a great quote: “The New Testament is important personally because it is the means God uses to heal searching souls” (pg. 22, EBS Biblical Studies). I wonder how good of a job we do bringing hope to people. Isn’t it amazing how we strategically abdicate ourselves from the responsibility to do something like show love to those in need? I think sometimes Christians act more like monks in a monastery hiding our “good news” away from those who seem dangerous. The ironic thing is those are the people who need the good news. This Jesus who we Christians claim to follow left us with a vital parting message–GO.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
If you are searching, ever been hurt by the church, or maybe even don’t believe at all, let me say, I am sorry. There are many, many Christians and churches that don’t go do what they are called to do, and even when they do they don’t do it in love. The Jesus of the Bible, when dealing with people who are searching, shows them compassion, love, and heals their wounds. He also offers truth, the very thing that we long so deeply for!
Jesus calls the old teachers of the law out for not embracing truth and love. Not one or the other… both!
23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.24 You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!
We are in a series here at Crossroads in the singles department called Doctrine. If you’re in the Dallas area, I encourage you to come! You may be surprised what the Bible actually says about how Christians should be!
In his book The Closing of the American Mind, the late University of Chicago professor Allan Bloom states, “There is one thing a profesor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative.”
We have a world crying out for something true and consistant. What if the only constant is that everything isn’t relative? What if you could find hope, purpose, and love demonstrated in completely fulfilling ways? I challenge you to try to look at the Bible in a fresh way. Find a church that teaches the Bible and practices it. I promise it could change your life!