In the era of sound bites and ‘tweets’, the use of abbreviated language and ‘acronyms’ is becoming prevalent.
For those finding themselves ‘out of the loop’ it is hard, at least initially to get the gist and meaning of comments and issues that use these terms.
This has the effect of limiting understanding to an initiated few while the many are bewildered and forced to play ‘catch up’.
I wonder whether the ‘in the know’ people that coin these ‘acronyms’ consider themselves to be in the numbers of the ‘elite’.
While ‘theology’ has a tendency to speak in a language all its own and the Scriptures contain things that are difficult for many to understand we are not without the means to come to an understanding of the Truth if we sincerely seek it.
The Spirit opens the Christians heart to Christ and the gospel and our understanding to the Scriptures. Our part is to be teachable and zealous to hold onto the Truth received.
The Tattered Gospel!
The authority of the Scriptures as the Word of God is being constantly assailed both by outright enemy and more often than not by professing Christians.
There have always been those who would gladly wean the Christians off one part of Scripture or another. They tend to be more determined to relegate great tracts of the Old Testament to obsolescence but also explain away the less acceptable to modern ears portions of the New.
To be a Believer in the Bible as the Word of God Today is the worst thing anyone can be in this ‘day and age.’
How many parts of Scripture are said to be only relevant to those who lived in those days? How many are said to be only meant for those who lived under ‘The Law’ and not applicable to those who live under ‘Grace’?
So it goes on interminably.
Rather believe that ‘All Scripture is God Breathed and profitable’ and seek for its application to us, wherever and whenever we are!
The only Bible the early Church had was the Old Testament, later combined with the ‘Apostolic writings and gospels’. It has sustained Christianity throughout its entire history and will continue to do so.
Today the tide is high against Scriptural Christianity and even in many of our churches all we get is the ‘Expurgated ‘ version, devoid of teaching about the sinfulness of sin and the need for repentance and holiness of life.
True Christianity has always been out of step with Society at large and its culture and we always hear those asking how we engage modern culture with Christianity.
Why else are all our pastors throwing away their suits and ties and donning t-shirts, grasping hold of the latest ‘church growth gimmick’ and pursuing anyone, however theologically dubious, who promises to increase their membership?
Why else are ‘prayer times’ and ‘Bible expository’ sermons cast to the ‘moles and the Bats’?
Because in our desperation to keep our ‘fellowships ‘ alive we will do anything and anything to get the people in, without any regard to being faithful to God and His truth. We fear more than anything offending people with the unadorned Gospel of Christ and therefore Endeavour to re-package it for the modern age.
Rather be thought anachronistic and obsolete and try to uphold faithfully the gospel of Christ and the inerrant Word of God than like a poor tailor ‘ cut our pattern to suit our cloth’.
“Crossing the line”
Crossing the Line was a nautical tradition that was observed when ships initiated passengers and crew who were for the first time crossing the ‘Equator’.
All manner of high jinks were part of this ceremony and the resourceful sailors made up costumes and props, such as dressing up as king Neptune and his consort.
We are familiar with the celebrations and ‘carry ons’ that society observes on anniversaries and occasions.
In fact the tendency is to make up an occasion for any time when one does not exist.
Christianity too ,has its ‘rites of passage’ in Baptism and The Lord’s supper’, they remind us of what Christ is to us and what we are to Him.
Unlike the high spirited antics of the ‘seaman’ the Christian ordinances are not things to be taken lightly , thoughtlessly or frivolously. They call for self examination and thoughtfulness and if attended so are a source of blessing to all believers who so observe them.