Addicted to my own ideas
I have recently noticed how addicting my own thoughts can be. It’s scary how right I think I am all the time.
I think the reason why I love what I think so much is because it is a part of me. Like the pencil sketches I love to draw occasionally, it is a unique creation of my mind. My theology, even, becomes like art to me.
But, theology isn’t like art, is it? It isn’t simply an expression of beauty or emotion. On the other hand, it is more that intellectual comprehension.
My good friend Jacob loves the quote from C.S. Lewis,
We murder to dissect.
We are willing to completely remove the life of something in order to understand how it works.
Scripture, and what we think about scripture isn’t just a mere intellectual thing. The scriptures say about themselves that they are “God-breathed.” There is something about this book that we base all our doctrine on that is more that just words. Consider what else has been God-breathed.
Humans were the only creation that God formed with his own hands, gettin’ down and dirty. We are also the only creation that received God’s breath. I believe that His breath was His nature, or His likeness. We were breathed into His likeness. We traded His likeness for a “Good vs. Bad” human-effort demonic Sin-likeness. Then, a few years later Jesus breathed upon His disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit,” His spirit! This is a restoration of the original blueprint (to steal a line from the Mirror Translation).
This same breath of God has been breathed into the scriptures giving it a supernatural, God-like nature, just like us. Let us be careful not to murder it in order to understand it.
But how is it that so many people can think so many different things about these scriptures and all be so convinced that they are right? How can I do this? Here’s the crux: No one believes anything that they think is wrong (on an intellectual level). If they did, they wouldn’t believe it! In each person’s mind, they are right.
I’ve been thinking about what the role of Teacher is in the church. I think that role is to maintain and protect doctrine and speak it out. I think this is done by the empowerment of the Spirit of God and cannot be something that is removed from the supernatural, spiritual realm. But, James tells us that not everyone should assume to be a teacher. Maybe we’ve all assumed that we are teachers? Maybe we’re in big trouble because of that.
Now, I’m not saying that only Teachers should read the Bible. No! Everyone needs to interact with God through His chosen book. But, maybe we should return to the way of humility and submit ourselves to those who have been anointed as teachers when it comes to doctrine. Maybe we need to recognize God at work in others who are smarter than us and who have the Spirit of God for a specific gift that we don’t have.
This is a difficult message to preach to myself.
Do we trust that the other parts of the body will be able to do their part well without our micro-managing? Or are we addicted to control? In the end, our obsession with our own ideas stems out of our desire to control. Jesus taught humility, not control, even to the point of death.