As I watch social media, I cannot help but wonder what condition the church would be in if we spoke as much about Jesus and the gospel as we do about masculinity and “biblical womanhood.” The Bible isn’t split into blue and pink passages, and I simply do not understand why we try so desperately to make it so. Is God’s Word clear about our roles in the church? Sure. Does it say that men must hunt, play sports, grow beards, be the only breadwinner in the family and do “manly” things while women sit quietly in a rocking chair nursing babies, knitting, baking cookies, and darning socks? Nope. And Christian publishing companies certainly haven’t helped the situation by placing so many gender-specific study and devotional Bibles on the shelves.
I don’t mean to specifically pick on this one subject. There are of course, many other fringe topics that also dominate the minds and conversations of Christians. Topics that distract from the ultimate truth of salvation through faith alone in Christ alone. For instance, the “mark of the beast” is trending again. Personally, I find it all very frustrating, because these matters are often elevated to matters of salvific importance. But here’s the thing: they aren’t. Can we have opinions about them? Sure; it would be strange not to. Can we discuss and express those opinions? Of course! Discourse is valuable and important! But let us never allow these tertiary issues (and there are many of them) to cause us to lose sight of the primary One: Jesus. And let us never, ever, allow our discussion of these matters to mar His precious name.
Okay, that’s enough waxing eloquent for one day. My apologies for missing last week’s post. Thanks for returning today for your week in review (kind of):
- In case you missed it, thank you.
- Just to be clear, I am not anti-baking. In fact, I find this very helpful.
- On resurrection and justification.
- Who was Johann Gerhard?
- I found this history of the NIV bible interesting. I’m still no fan of the current 2011 version, but can at least appreciate the attempt to explain the background and rationale behind the changes.
- Evil is everywhere, but I just hate how much we’ve allowed it to infiltrate the visible church.
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
- This is evil too, but for very different reasons.
- This was one of my favorite episodes, and is perfectly fitting for this Easter weekend.
From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”–which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”
Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”
And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”
Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.Matthew 27:45-56