Day 26: What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?

March 14, 2014

Part of the 30 day challenge series

Lagging a bit on this series.  After food poisoning and travel, I’m not quite 100%.  You’re taking a nap right now, so I’ll try to whip this while I can. :]

But what popular notion do I think the world has most wrong?  I went back and forth on a lot of issues.  Happiness.  Love.  Success.  Sex.  True manhood.  True womanhood.  Truth.  Goodness.  And even controversial ones — like abortion.  I’m not a cynic, but we live in a time when God’s Word is spurned and each one does whatever he thinks is right in his own eyes.  So we’re left with many notions, many distorted or stripped of God-given beauty and truth.

Ian, I hope your life (especially your young life at home with us) is one long conversation about these many things.  When I look at the world, I fear for you as a boy, as you grow into a man.  Lies everywhere.  And even the “good” that’s celebrated is often God’s pearls cast aside for plastic beads full of rotting things.

So I’m going to bring this question to a very foundational level.  And I hope this addresses every other notion that the world has terribly wrong.

What popular notion does the world have most wrong?

That Jesus Christ is anyone or anything other than who He claimed to be.

Jesus has been categorized by some in the same class as Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.  He has been applauded by others as merely a good teacher or merely one of many prophets or merely a bringer of social justice or merely a guy with some ‘tude and good morals.  He’s been reduced to less than He claimed to be — God the Son, the promised Messiah, the Savior of the world, the One who will return to judge the living and the dead.  He’s been reduced or dismissed altogether.

Ian, anyone who says otherwise doesn’t know.  They are speaking without knowledge.  It doesn’t matter if your best friend tells you otherwise or the prettiest girl you’ve ever met or your media role model.  A lie can come in many forms.  And the most insidious ones come in pretty, popular packages or packages that look really close to the real thing.  They look like Turkish Delight (from the Narnia books) — sweet, tasty, melt-in-your-mouth good.  Don’t be fooled.

Especially not about Jesus.

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