Wednesday, February 27, 2013

EMMDEV 2013-02-27 [Highlights from Colossians] World view...

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. Colossians2:8

Paul is about to tackle the false teachings that threaten the church in Colosse... but before he does that, he reminds his readers of an important principle...

When Adam and Eve sinned, they unleashed darkness and brokenness into the world. Our world system is soaked through with the selfish ambition of Adam and Eve trying to be like God, with the jealousy of Cain toward Abel, with the arrogance of the tower-builders of Babel and the lack of judgment of the post-flood Noah and his son*. Joseph bragged and his brothers raged. And we haven't even left Genesis!

Our world continues to build on the shaky foundations of trying to be our own gods while ignoring the One True God. But for some strange reason, although we know that society has built its house on sandy foundations, we continue to pay attention to its "wisdom!"

But that's because you and I are also affected and infected by a sin-sick world. We must choose - rationally and sometimes courageously by faith - to ignore the arguments that look so logical, but are built on sand. We must build on the Rock.

(We will look what the Rock looks like tomorrow.)

* (After the flood, Noah got drunk and lay around in an indecent state and his son laughed at and mocked his father)

Theo Groeneveld
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