I Corinthians 2: 2, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”
In this age of moral relativism and egocentric humanism, much of the church has removed Jesus from the center of its focus. In His place they’ve put themselves, a poor and pitiful substitute for the King of kings. But if Christ isn’t the center of Christianity, what remains isn’t Christianity. We wear Jesus around around our wrists and displayed on our walls but we exclude Him from our lives. Though the Bible remains in our pews and in our homes, its lost its place in our hearts and minds. In their place, we have enthroned modernistic man-centered polycock. We’re so modern. We’re so free. Our new and improved Jesus just wants us to be happy and since we want the same thing, we’re, well, happy. Anything goes in a Christless church. Anything except true worship or real salvation.
The Apostle Paul turned his back on everyone and everything that didn’t exalt Christ. His rights? Comfort? Relationships? They were nothing in his sight in order that he might serve Christ. Paul didn’t take his faith lightly. He didn’t expect anyone else to take their faith lightly, either. In 2 Corinthians 11: 2 he wrote, “ For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” To Paul, Jesus was everything. He was worth everything. He was worth his life and his death.
We don’t worship the same Jesus Paul did. We can’t. His Jesus was jealous over His own. Ours is willing to share us with all kinds of beliefs and lifestyles. Paul’s Jesus was the one and only God. Ours is one choice in a sea of choices. Paul’s Jesus lived only to please His Father. Ours lives only to please us.
Something is wrong here. Either Paul is right or we are. 2000 years of Christian truth is on his side. We have only ourselves and the so-called great minds of our time to lead us. I’m opting for Paul’s Jesus. For the true and only Jesus Who was willing to lay down His life so He could take up mine.
Humanism, moral relativism, me-ism…none of it has the power to turn on a light bulb let alone save a soul. But Jesus does. He always has and He always will. Therefore I will join Paul in saying “For I (have) determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”
And now a question for readers: I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do most churches follow the true Christ or one of their own desires and makings? What are your suggestions to remedy the problem?