A Challenge to Think (Just a Little)…

Once upon a time there was a prophet.  This prophet taught many things.  He taught the people to fear God.  He taught them to love each other.  Over many years of teaching, the people learned values and life lessons.  They learned about love, relationships, Jesus and even about sin.  They learned about the 2nd Coming of Jesus, the Trinity and the Apocalypse.

One day, the prophet died and the people mourned.  They cried and cried day after day.  As the people mourned, a child came up to an elder and asked, “What will happen now that the teacher is dead?”  The elder turned to the child and yelled, “How should I know?”  The child turned away with his head down.  Suddenly, the child stopped, turned around and asked the elder, “How do we do the things the teacher taught?”  Immediately, the crying stopped.  Not a soul could be heard mourning.  The child then asked again, “Sir, how do we do the things the teacher taught us?”  The elder looked around with a gaze of bewilderment.  He turned to the child, opened his arms and told the child, “Come here child.”  The child approached and hugged the elder.  Then as if a light went off in a dark room, the elder told the child, “I don’t know.”

In this story, the prophet taught every type of theology possible.  He had taught about love, life and eternity.  However, the prophet forgot to teach one thing, to think.  No one ever challenged him in his thinking.  No person asked questions while he taught.  It wasn’t until the prophet died, did a small child ask a simple, yet profound question, “How do we do the things the teacher taught us?”

In light of this, I want you to challenge what people teach.  I want you to challenge what I teach.  Over the course of July (and maybe August), I will be asking you to comment on various things that are currently being taught in the church or society.  Your mission, if you choose to accept it, will be to either prove me wrong or come up with questions that make everyone think.  So here is your first challenge….

In 2 Timothy 3:1-9, Paul tells Timothy about “Godlessness in the Last Days”.  Paul starts off with, “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power.  Have nothing to do with them.”

How would you interpret this?  Would you say this speaks of today or another time?  Did Paul speak about our future or our past?  Are churches today denying God’s power?  If so, should you have anything to do with them?  How would you handle someone who looks like a Christian but acts completely differently outside of church?  Does this include those who call themselves Christians but yell and scream at those who disagree with them?

This is now your challenge, to think.  So you have context, read 2 Timothy 3:1-9 for yourself prior to answering this challenge.  It is up to you.  Take this on so that we both may be challenged to think beyond what we’ve been taught.

God Bless and Think Today…

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