God’s Great Gamble

   God wrote intractable law on pliable tissue. As Jeremiah predicted, God, who once  penned His law on tablets of stone with fingers of fire, repented of stony law giving. God decided to imprint immutable truth in transitory beings.

    From that moment on, if one takes Scripture seriously, human adherence to divine law became a grossly subjective experience. In fact, it became the most subjective of human experiences. One can move from political party to political party, from supply side economics to managed economy maven; the difference is total, complete, unalterable. One can move from Flat Inspiration to Open Theism and still insist he believes in the same God, the same Jesus. Theological equivocation is the rule, not the exception.

   In fact, when God wrote His perfect Law on an imperfect organ like the human heart, He mandated the necessity of interpretation. The much maligned historical-critical method of interpretation, for instance, comes closest to allowing the Scripture to be the Word of God, else we would not constantly appeal to the original autographs.

   Now, if we live in the Real World, where nothing in the three previous paragraphs is of even the most fleeting interest, we are still left to wonder why so many Christians see God as completely different than the Christian seated next to them, let alone the slightly divergent believers just down the street, practicing their own version of our ritual cannibalism. Where is our Imperium?

   Well, there is this fact. Two thousand years after His life, death and resurrection, 89% of Americans tell the Gallup pollsters in a given year that Jesus loves them personally and individually. This is a number holding steady but one to which the poll numbers fell  after tracking in the 90 per centile in the 1950's. Jesus gets good numbers still.

   Someone presented the romance of Jesus well enough to hold poll numbers any two politicians would kill to get. His name identification is unparalleled. He is held as a personal icon by people who will in no way darken the doors of a church-house. Jesus is a big draw. Entire volumes are written to disprove His actual existence and they manage only to draw more adherents to His cause, if not His church.

   Frankly, we want Jesus to exist, to survive and thrive. The romance of His story is undeniable. Born of an unwed mother in the most destitute of circumstances, a ground breaker, incorruptible, a risk taker, Jesus did the one thing that romances every heart: He died a heroic death at a youthful age. His story is so inspiring it will make your teeth hurt.

   We succeed evangelisticaly when we make the romantic connection.

  

2 thoughts on “God’s Great Gamble”

  1. Rick,
    I wish I had known you better in days gone by. You truly are one of the keen intellects among us. I like the way you began and then spoke of the real world. The mind of Christ must somehow encounter the real world through these “jars of clay” we carry around. I am blogging along with you on evangelism at peoplesharingjesus.com under pastor’s blog.
    Dan Wooldridge
    Georgetown

  2. What George said.
    Romance, is that fond memories and love?
    I love the mermories I have of my grandfather. His eigth grade educated intellect(by the way I have seen the eighth grade exit exam from his era and most colleges today would be proud of 88%) could have tripped up the Deciever. Descipling to desciple is fun here.

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