Friday, April 15, 2011

THIS is real religion...

Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my father who is in heaven.
Matthew 7:21 (ESV)

A couple bits from one of the best lectures I have heard this semester (year?).  In my limited experience, the best professors have to first master the pastorship.  The expository, Biblical preaching then comes as a beautiful supplement to true Christian academia.  Taken from Dr. Bruce Baloian:

"You have to love someone in the currency in which they wish to be loved."

In dating, in marriage, in life, when you love someone, you do it through showing them the love they desire.  This could be through buying nice candies, physical touch, communication, deeds, etc.  Similarly, God wants us to obey and love Him the way he wants us to.  We don't say, "here God, I want to love you on this day (sunday?) for this long."  But rather, we are called to always obey.  We are called to always love the One who created us.  Going to church every sunday isn't half the deal.

"Real religion, real Christianity is loving and obeying God."

...Not just on that sunday.  Not just during chapel, but ALWAYS "doing the will of my father who is in heaven."

much love,
Reed

3 comments:

  1. I disagree vehemenntly with the concept of loving someone in the currency in which they want to be loved: what if someone only understands what it is to be loved when someone smacks them, or when they are belittled? What if they are overweight and the candy they desire would hurt their body or take up resources for their family? What if they deisre candles so that they can burn down someone's house? What if they want a new 55" Plasma TV but in reality they need a swift kick in the pants (methaphorically or literally) so that they get off their lazy bums and get to work helping others rather than sitting around watching the nonesense that draws them away from God that is streaming about the ether?

    This concept of love is full of cowchips! Time to wake up and smell these cowchips you're passing off as gold dust!

    I would say that loving a person means knowing them well enough so that you can use the the gifts and abilities God has given you to help that person know God better and/or so that this person learns what it means to help his neighbor learn to better love his neighbor.

    God is the only one who has the perogative to demand of us how we love him because He knows that our obedience to Him is for our good. If we take this perogative upon us, then we are trying to wear a mantle that God has said only he can wear. Consequently, when we try to wear this mantle we become ungrateful tyrants who can not accept the gifts of God through the people he places in our lives. Instead, we manipulate people to get what we want, rather than loving them.

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  2. Jonesy,

    I don't think there is any disagreement at all! And I agree with your definition of love. You've simply taken it from a different angle. Providing someone with the means to destroy themselves or others is not love. Love would be withholding those things if it promoted the wellbeing of the individual and brought them closer to God. Giving anyone anything (ie: plasma tv, candy, etc) that turns them further from God is not showing them the love we are required to show.

    "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, [...] encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

    Hebrews 10:23-25

    To clarify, when the post said, "love someone in the currency they wish to be loved in", it was referring to the type of love a husband is meant to show his wife, and vice versa. It was referring to the love that we are supposed to show our neighbor. The true love that uplifts and upholds each other in Christ. The true love you mentioned.

    The gift of love is a beautiful communicable attribute of God. Granted, we will never be able to match His unwavering, unfaltering love, but we are still called to try! Doing this through manipulation, greed, or tyrannical means (like you mentioned) is not love and not Biblical. And it's heartbreaking to see that it exists.

    God bless!
    Reed

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