Once I thought that I thought deeply,
thought I was a philosopher, a poet, smarter than most, at least as smart as any I would meet, take any side in an argument and win, might be able to even best myself. (ages 16 to 55)
At some point in taking inventory I realized :
I can't think more than a couple of moves ahead in chess. I am easily distracted. I can't grasp relativity, string theory, expanding space, dark matter/energy, multiverses, 10 dimensional reality, or chaos theory. And, I will never understand estrogenese.
Now I think most are smarter, or at least as smart. But that no longer is a goal for me. Not because I achieved it, or did not, or could not. I just no longer consider it that important. It has ceased to be my identity.
Now I tilt toward stream of consciousness, flow, not mindless, just more immediate. (Maybe just early onset Alzheimer's)
As I have begun to read some on church history, it has occurred to me that this periodic inventory taking is probably a healthy thing applied on a larger scale as well. Paul no sooner left one ekklesia to establish another, than he had to write letters back to the first as they started to go off the rails.
Evangelicals, amongst whom I claim membership, are wrong on some issues. To think otherwise is a whole other level of blindness, the kind that results from arrogance.
What are our blind spots? What kind of letter would Paul, or Peter, or John write to us? Where are we erring, straying from the truth, failing to follow the PERSON who is TRUTH? “You search the scriptures because you think in them you have eternal life, but they testify of Me.” (Jesus)
In future posts, I will propose various thoughts for consideration.
For now I invite you to consider:
It seems to me with all our talk of GRACE and SPIRIT there is still a strong tendency towards Phariseeism/legalism, preferring WORKS and LETTER to SPIRIT and LIFE, preferring condemnation over mercy, preferring religion to relationship, preferring theology over experience, preferring “right” doctrine to word and deed Spirit led and empowered service of obeying love, preferring the scriptures to the person of Jesus, to the person of the Father.
Any comments, amplifications, refutations (if you disagree), remedies (if you agree) are invited.
Next post will be an introduction and recommendation of one of my resources.