Holy Nonsense?

Have you ever thought about some of the nonsensical things we say as believers? For instance, what is “a born-again Christian”? Using that term logically implies the possibility of (1) being a person who is born again, but who is not a Christian or (2) being a person who is a Christian, but who is not born again. Both are impossible according to the Bible. So, to say you are a born again Christian is just like saying you are a human man or a human woman; you literally saying the same thing twice!
Or how about: “He’s an on-time God!” I know the meaning is that God’s deliverance is just in time. But often we forget God is eternal! That means God is not restricted by the human construct of time. So whenever God shows up in our situation, even when we think God’s too late; God is on time! By the way, when we say God is on time, we are imposing our finite time constraints on God. Secondly, God can never really be early or late because God doesn’t have to go where God already is!
How about this one? We tell people that in order to be saved, they must accept Jesus as their Personal Savior! Where did we get that from? Certainly not from Scripture! Seems like its the same idea as having a ‘personal body-guard! Although we may have a personal and intimate relationship with him, our relationship with Him is not personal in the sense that it is exclusive of all other Christians!The Bible says that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved! Jesus is not just a Savior who saves; Jesus is the Lord who saves those who submit to His Lordship!
Well, that’s enough! I’m just thinking out loud!

The “New” Common Sense

the man in the tree sawingWhen I was a little boy growing up, my mother and father would always tell me: “Son! Be sure to use good common sense!” They taught me that good common sense was just looking at a situation and then using good sound judgment in dealing with the situation. Another term they used was; “mother wit,” which was just natural intelligence.

But, as I look around the world today and observe the actions and decisions of governments and people, I am discovering that common sense is not so common anymore! Perhaps this might be because we have lost the common agreement of what is right and what is wrong. What is happening today reminds me of a passage in the Bible that describes the period of the Judges. Judges 17:6 says: “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” This verse describes the chaotic conditions that existed in Israel when there was no centralized government.

Well, our problem today is not a lack of centralized government, but rather a lack of centralized morality. With the death of absolutes, everyone’s opinion has been elevated from the status of just an opinion to that of individualized truth. This is reflected in statements like: “It may be true for you, but that doesn’t mean that it is true for me!” And with the rise of this “individualized truth” comes the moral chaos caused by everyone doing, not that which is right, but that which is right in their own eyes!

But for order to prevail in any society, there must be agreed upon “common truths” that are not subject to change by the opinions of the courts or a majority vote of the people! In order to live in a just and humane society, common sense must prevail! When we allow our individualized opinions to have as much weight as time-tested and God-ordained truth, we are headed for chaos and disaster! If we continue to flirt with the dominance of “individualized truth,” what is to stop one individual from deciding that for him, the “red” light of the traffic sign means the same thing as the “green” light does for other people? I know that analogy sounds far-fetched and ridiculous. But it is no more ridiculous than some of the current nonsense that is prevalent in our society today!

Common Sense Headstone

But maybe I stand corrected! Perhaps it is not that common sense is not so common anymore, but more precisely; common sense, as my mother and father defined it, is not so common anymore! Because when we look at the word “common,” it denotes what the majority of people hold as valid truth. If that be the case, then what is common sense today is what my mother and father would have called: “nonsense!” Therefore, in many cases, the old nonsense is the new common sense!