Why be ordinary?

Received a compliment the other day, some folks said that ‘ordinary Christians don’t believe the crap that I do.’ Of course the implication is that I believe things in scripture that other believers do not, thus marking myself with other tunalics. And what pray tell are some of these monstrosities?

I’ll volunteer a few, and happily so. But first, let me point out that many unbelievers are delighted when they can pit one believer against another, and by so doing, assume that differing opinions invalidate the whole warp and woof of scripture. I see this all the time, and I do not take the bait while many others do.

If folks are on the same train with me going to Seattle, I’m ok with that. I don’t have to sit with them though, but I’m thankful we have the same destination. Christian maturity understands that all are not at the same mile markers in life, hence that little truth known as liberty. Many believers have said many nasty things about me, and you, and I’m sure they have regretted as much today.  Enough said.

Theology is the study of God. It’s alarming to my mind that a Christian can study theology, and doubt whether God exists. Theology is not the study of the ‘possibility’ of God. It is unquestioned by the believer. It may be questioned by the unbeliever, and God’s ways may not be understood, but to the Christian we can say with absolute confidence: I know whom I have believed…..

Maybe we can call the doubtful disputations infidology, but please, let’s not confuse God with the devil. God has no competitor, except in the minds of miscreants.

God is God and there is no other. The God of nature and the God of scripture are one. He who commands raging seas to ‘be still,’ easily says ‘be thou clean’ to the leper with equal power. His word is good, and Christians rest in this word.

There was a man named Adam. His wife was she who was the mother of ALL living, whose name was Eve. (As I like to say, Ehvee) They had a son who murdered their other son. There was a flood. There was that engineering feat called the ark. Others wrote about it, but scripture presents the WHY.

Abraham had a son Isaac, whereby all God’s promises were confirmed through Jacob and his posterity. These promises while not totally fulfilled as yet, are included in the Christian’s favour.

Daniel the man of God lived, testified that God can interpret dreams, and was cast into a den of hungry lions. He survived through God’s grace, while his antagonists were meat for the big kittens.

God who created great whales, had one reserved as home to Jonah until such time as he regained his senses.

The Baptist lived as the greatest prophet, and his life ended with his head on a platter. The Lord did nothing to retaliate for this egregious act. He who brought grace and truth was not tolerated by the powers that be, and His blistering testimony to God was not welcomed, as they wanted another ‘king.’  Herod and Pilate, while not friends, became allies in their confederacy against Christ.

He met His end, with no surprise to God on Calvary’s central tree, but lo and behold rose again the third day, according to the scriptures of course.  For God soooooo loved the world.

Yes, these are all strange things to unbelievers, but are they unordinary to the Christian and like precious faith? I don’t think so.  What is truly strange and distressing, is to claim the name of Christian, and NOT believe these things.

But again, tkx for the compliment.

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14 Responses to Why be ordinary?

  1. I love your “survey” of Biblical history! Great post.

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  2. Amen! Well said. The Body of Christ has many parts, some elbows, some legs…and that obnoxious uncle you always have to see at family gatherings. We can’t all be a hand or an ear or something, because that would be weird, the stuff of nightmares really. Many parts, one Body.

    Today at communion we did a nice thing, tore the bread into tiny bits,like a puzzle that could be put back together if we were so inclined. Instead, we each took a piece of that puzzle into ourselves. All together we make a whole, His body broken for us, but so much more too, because in that symbolism we actually now carry a piece of Him within us, all of us now bringing life to what once was dead. Not sure how many people in the world had communion today, millions, billions perhaps.

    Don’t even try to be an ordinary Christian, be an extraordinary one. 🙂

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    • ColorStorm says:

      And to be fair, many have perceived us as strange uncles or aunts. 😉

      But it’s real strange I tellya, to think for one second that blood accidentally formed itself as a fluid for a body it never knew…….for a purpose it was completely oblivious to……

      Which reminds me………the last supper, the brothers were unaware of that instruction regarding a body broken, and blood given, but they would know later, and both say so, and defend the truth against all odds.

      They were good like that. And being members of that same body, we speak the same as them,

      Btw, look at the stars, real ordinary huh? Some people’s kids. 😉

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    • Tricia says:

      That’s interesting IB because we did the same thing with the each person tearing off of individual pieces of bread. I’ve never done that before and found the process more intimate and meaningful than getting a standard wafer handed to me. Until I started worrying about getting the flu from a sick church goer but it was still significant.

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      • Ha! Curious similarity, indeed. Communion is quite lovely, makes me cry sometimes. I find it simply amazing that Jesus gave us this one thing to hang onto,and here we are thousands of years later, not just taking communion with one another, but with all the saints who came before us.

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  3. Tricia says:

    I like your train metaphor describing the differing philosophies of Christian thought. It’s easy for an atheist to point out discrepancies and cry foul but I’ve always thought these differences to be a sign of intellectual strength and maturity.

    We are not robots with one mind but individuals each working out our own salvation, which means something different to each person. Doubt is not an unknown visitor to this process but it does make faith stronger in the long run.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      No robos that’s for sure.

      I always like to point out Trish when unbelievers (atheists?) point out the alleged 30k denominations, instead of writing that off……………take another look………..that’s a whole lot of people trying to get it right.

      So while yes, the train may make many stops, and the people in car 1 don’t see what the people in car 14 see, they are all going on the same tracks. 😉

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    • Citizen Tom says:

      I like the analogy too. Have to remember it.

      I like to eat and sleep. So I am tempted to spend my of time in the dining car and the sleeper. However, t think our Lord wants us to shoveling coal into the firebox. If we are going to spread the Word, we have to get to the next station.
      😀

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