In George’s kitchen rotting fruit was to be found on the bench and mouldy food in the fridge. His kitchen was a picture of his ideas and his outlook on life. There are people who have no ideas and resent those who do. There are those for whom ideas are good if they are old and bad if they are new. There are those whose ideas are bad who get mad about ideas that are right and alive – particularly if it causes turbulence to their torpor in the status quo.
People don’t always accept what they hear even when it is supported by evidence. They hear what they wish to hear so that they can stick with their beliefs – beliefs that benefit them monetarily or socially. The sad thing is that for some people they are their beliefs and their distorted beliefs are them.
When Christ is our life we have the benefit of wisdom and revelation - that’s if it is Jesus who is our life and not His religion that is our un-life. Wisdom approaches issue on their merit. Do they afford life or to they promote death?
In ‘The Road Less Travelled,’ M Scott Peck talks of the blessed ones who embrace what is at a moment in time uncomfortable. They press into unpalatable truths even when it means rejecting not only the comfort of long-held untruths but rejecting the old self in favour of the new self being born out of the unfolding revelation of life. They grow in human stature as well as enter into fresh fields of prosperous living. Then again in the road oft travelled there are folks who are upright and moral for whom the unfolding revelation of life has long ago ceased. They are committed to their framework, their status quo and the perspective that they think gives them meaning and status. But it doe not. It is a ring that binds them.
Peck mentions those who take the easy and well travelled path – the wide as opposed to the narrow way. Personal inertia and misplaced security causes them to accommodate themselves to the lie and immunise themselves against the truth – like the woman who heard the real gospel of the Kingdom proclaimed and responded, ‘We’ll have to see how that fits with our theology.’ Trouble is her theology was ‘another gospel’ woven from half-truths that made it a delusion and as a lie.
FAKE NEWS, FAKE LIFE
We hear a lot about ‘fake news’ these days. But much of it is not fake. It just does not accord with the false reality in which the imprudent have chosen to live. Here you can get yourself a distorted lens – one that suits your ego, your cherished ideas and the identity you think it confers. You can look at reality and read the Bible through this lens and see what you want to see. But you have made light into darkness, turned certainty info a fog of confusion. You have become a blind leader of the blind.
It is disconcerting that president Trump got into office with the help of portions of the Christian church. But more worrying is the rationale that motivated them to lend weight to his candidacy. It exposes those who gave such support as promoters of a ‘Christianity.’ But a Christianity which is not at all the Kingdom Jesus began or Paul promoted.
Christianity may have morphed into a moral agenda and disported itself as a moral crusade. But the Kingdom of God is not a religion but a person. It is the life of Christ firstly as you and then as the church. It says a lot about a religion of morality when it has resulted in the election of a man to the presidency that has made the United States a wonder and a laughing stock around the world. Don’t promote your version of the knowledge of good and evil as the Kingdom of God. Because it is not. It’s of another kingdom.
There is a way out. It means taking ourselves and ideas to the cross. Then agreeing that we are risen in Christ and amenable and captive alone to His ideas of who He is and what He done for us.
‘The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “ ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ Matt 13.13-15 NIV.