Light & Heat!
Ps. 14:3, Ecc. 7:20
By Kris Robinson
In the movie Transformers: Age of Extinction (number 4 for those keeping track), the main villain, alien-robot Lockdown, while speaking to Kelsey Grammer’s character, says these poignant words, “Every galaxy I have traveled, all you species are the same. You all think you’re the center of the universe. You have no idea…”
While Lockdown mentions other aliens, or ‘species’, his quote is so right; our culture continually reflects that of a species that thinks we are the center of the universe.
However, Christians are exempt from this thinking, right?
A.W. Tozer says, “what comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. We tend to a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God.”
Chip Ingram notes that, “According to Tozer, more important than your vocation, political views, or spouse, is our understanding of God. Embedded in Tozer’s statement is that our view of God will shape how we view our vocation, political views and marriage. Yet, if we could log our thoughts, we would certainly discover that we spend most of our time thinking about the stuff of life rather than the person of God.”
In other words, most Christians are not exempt from the same thinking as the world; scary, if you ask me, if what comes into our minds about Him is the most important thing for a Christian!
Then who is the center of our universe? Could it be that ‘our species’ is not seeing God accurately? Or, could it be that so-called Christians that do not see Him accurately and thus don’t know Him deeply are inadvertently affecting our culture?
What about you?
I think this is why we read the words of Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes, repeating his father King David:
Ecc. 7:20 (MSG) – “There’s not one totally good person on earth, not one who is truly pure and sinless.”
Psalm 14:3 (NIV) – “All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.”
For King David and King Solomon, they were living in a time period so corrupted by humanity, they knew, including themselves, all people fell short of an Almighty, Pure, Sinless, Holy God. It was a world in need of redemption and needed a Redeemer who could forgive and purify it from sin (1 Jn. 1:9). A Redeemer who overcomes corruption, politics, economy, depression, security, and even salvation that can be attained by our own means; one in which drives us further into slavery because we are constantly fed the lie that ‘our’ way is the only way. King David knew the difference between righteousness and works:
Ps. 51:16-17 (NIV) – “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; You do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.”
The prophet Isaiah is one who saw God accurately and knew Him deeply, and we are blessed with his righteous perspective and imagery of the Almighty:
Is. 57:15 (NIV) – “For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
So, again I ask; what about you? Do you see Him accurately? If not, it is okay! However, if you really want to, what are you going to do about it? He promises that if you seek Him, you will find Him!
Secondly, our world really isn’t any different than it was during David and Solomon’s time; however, we have the Savior and He is inside of us; so, instead of being like David & Solomon waiting for the Savior to show up, shouldn’t we be the ones who bring Him into our world? Because after all, isn’t a lie to say that we know Him accurately & deeply, yet do nothing with what we have?
Kris Robinson is an Assistant Pastor at Free Life Community Church helping teenagers & Millennials connect & transform their spiritual journey through Christ Jesus.