Life is really quite a mess, isn’t it?
If anyone claims it is not a messy thing, I’m inclined to believe they have been very much shut up in their own minds–but minds are messy, too, so I’m not in any way confident of how an individual might find themselves looking at where and who we are and then be able to think, this is quite orderly.
That must be the reason we are so attracted to the Gospel–although wild and audacious and reckless (regarding how we normally understand things), it is quite simple. It is quite straightforward–why do you think Jesus was so adamant about childlike faith? Something so understandable a little child gets it.
Simplicity, in the chaos of our rampant world, is a craving which almost nothing can satisfy. The almost part of that nothing comes with the God Who is Himself the Prince of Peace and as such finds us in the midst of that wildness to whisper quietly that we could probably nuse a little rest and a little less.
We overdo almost everything and consequently find ourselves believing that more confusing, more ridiculous, more polarizing is more academic and closer to Truth than simple and gentle and Good.
But have you ever read a graduate-level text? Because anyone who has spent time trying to figure out what Dr. 14-letters-after-her-name is saying can tell you lofty and advanced and limited access is definitely not always the best way. Especially when, the next day, the professor breaks apart the text and you find yourself wondering how it’s really that much more simple than the way the dear old author in your textbook tried to describe it.
We have written and read and discussed many things about God, and a lot of them are good and helpful in moving forward understanding of the Bible and Jesus, but we cannot, in that high and mighty place that academia and biblical scholarship often becomes, overwhelm the very basic and (quite importantly) accessible Truth of the Gospel.
Remember, Jesus did not come to tell anyone they were really theorizing and implementing great theology. He pretty much just hung out with a bunch of uneducated societal rejects and said that’s not your identity, also I’m God, so that should really remind everyone of the kind of heart I have for my creation.
“And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” (1 Corinthian 2:1-5)
There is a holiness in the barebones, dirt poor, low-running grace of the Gospel that we would do well to dwell on and not forget.