How do you define your Christian life? I used to struggle with my mind as to how I fit into the grand scheme of things, most importantly about attending church.
But my Grace, I found an understanding…I pray you do too.
David Moore, a General Medical Practitioner shared the below words for you to ponder on.
What is an Inconvenient Truth? Is that the Life of a Christian?
An inconvenient truth is something that necessitates an undesired change.
Does this define the Christian life you are living?
My professional life almost consists of telling people inconvenient truths. Apart from the now-normalised Western epidemic of the metabolic syndrome and its multiple consequences my professional world of primary care consists of infants failing to thrive, developmental delay, mood disorders, addictions, pain syndromes and malignancies.
These are not nice things to have to explain to people. Mostly because they all imply that lives need to change, whether that change is desired or not.What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7:24–25 NIV Click To Tweet
What is Christianity?
My early interactions with Christianity were primarily negative. Growing up without religion and declaring myself a ‘scientific atheist’ I found it easy to adopt popular narratives regarding the non-existence of Jesus, the conspiracies of the canon and the empire-related corruptions of the church. It was also easy to point out the logical failures of Christian theology – the simplest and most critical being the obvious incapacity of Christ (if divine) to bear sin given that the holiness of God rendered that scenario specifically impossible. At the time that I was parading that particular little insight I was completely ignorant of the centuries of scholarship devoted to exactly that problem of the hypostasis in Christology and its impact on doctrine.
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However, as I matured I met Christians who were more than willing to engage me in discussion and who (instead of telling me what to believe) shared with me their own questions and the manner in which they conducted their meditations. As a result I started asking new and different questions, researching parts of history and original language, debating with people like Justin Moffatt, Andrew Katay and Ian Powell (all converts themselves) and actually reading the Bible.
Over time (as in all learning) patterns emerged that assembled a picture. They continue to do so. Is that image that has taken on meaning a delusion arising from immersion in a particular culture? Is it a worldview arising from restriction of locus of reference? I think that would be a little ironic, given that my locus of reference is larger than it has ever been, and as it increases with age and education the image becomes more detailed and defined.
What image am I speaking of? I am talking about the person of Christ. Who He is, what he does, what he means. Can I draw Him as a picture? No more than I can draw my wife’s spirit. Her face changes, our bodies have differed over the last decade, but she is still herself to me. Just as Mary might describe the Lord she recognises but who seems to have altered semblance.
The evolution of that image has been the most inconvenient truth of my entire life. It has forced revolution in almost every sense. It has turned me from a man of pride and purpose to a figure of pathos and irony. Yet I have never been more joyful. Like one recovering from a painful illness through painful rehabilitation I regret every moment of it specifically and none of it in totality. I am grateful.
Convenient lies allow us to maintain the status quo. We keep smoking, we have a little more wine in the glass each night, we eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die. We take revenge. We treat our pains with potions that make them more potent eventually. We wither, we wallow, we curse the world for the injustice of it all.
At the bottom of the stack of turtles is a question of responsibility. A convenient lie eschews it. An inconvenient truth forces us to face it, and ironically put our faith in the assistance of some benefactor.
Hence the proverb that fuels my fire – “physician, heal thyself”. Aye, I cannot.
What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?
Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Romans 7:24–25 NIV
My faith to pray is that you understand what Grace led me to understand! Just like David, I trust you will have your own understanding as well.
Happy Sunday and Enjoy Life.