I have heard a couple of youth speakers lately who come from a really fundamentalist perspective, as I guess a lot of jesus lovers do. And it got me thinking that a lot of young people want to hear this black and whiteness. It is kinda easy to be a speaker that says “Christians must make a stand against Bills that protect homosexuals and prostitutes” because it clicks with youth that there is this strong line between good and bad.
But, is it that strong? I just so don’t believe it is. I heard someone say “the Bible is black and white and we need our kids to see that and act on it” but surely we know the Bible isn’t. If it was we wouldn’t have swung from being totally anti women to now ordaining them whenever we can.
It is messy, but I do believe that we need to be honest with young people and say “there is a whole lot of grey”. When it comes to moral and ethical stuff it is complicated, there is no easy stand, but in everything we need to view it through how best to show Gods love and how best to do justice. And even then it is not always simple.
I think this teaches openness to God and his voice regularly, rather than responding from dogma. What do you reckon?


Ukiewookie said...

I guess the crunch comes when we go from hearing what's being said to actually trying to live what's being said, either by a speaker at a meeting or the Bible.

Not everything is black or white and sadly our young people get taught that, or even more spooky, they think that. So it's no wonder why so many of them decide to give up their faith because it seems too hard a load to carry, and by having so called "well meaning" christians tell them the Bible is black and white, that sin is sin no matter what, without even thinking or knowing the context of the Bible, just makes for disillusioned young people with the wrong idea of God, not a God of mercy, but in some of their minds, a God of Do's and Dont's like the ol' school prinipal (haha) well that's what I reckon Cuz?

Chur churs

stephen said...

Greetings in Jesus' name.

Good points. It is sometimes challenging to operationalize black and white Bible truths.

The challenge comes from both sides: emphasizing text over context on one end, and emphasizing context over text on the other.

And you're right- hearing God is the solution. God help us to see see what He's doing and do what we're seeing (from John 5:19).

Much grace,
Stephen Court

Vatic said...

I've come to see that the only reason the Bible has "black or white" spots is because that's how we think. Most people tend to think in absolutes. It's either right or wrong. It's either good or bad. It's just how we're wired. But I would argue that the Bible is a lot less "black and white" than we make it out to be. God gives the Isrealites rules to help them live properly. We just tend to not think of what could have been going on in those times to cause those rules to be made. Different culture, different times, different understading of government. Heck, completely different way of knowing and worshiping God. But Jeremiah 31:33 says,"This is the covenant I will make with the house of Isreal after that time, " declares the Lord. "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people." He put it in our minds and hearts. We know what's right and wrong! I find that the black and white comes from the human understanding, not from God. It might be caused by our sporting spirit (winners and losers) or our judicial system (guilty or not-guilty) or anything else that we have that tells us that it's either one way or another. I think that If more people were taught to simply read the Bible and pray (in order to reach a better understanding of God and His voice) there would be a lot more people seeing things the way God sees them, which would be filled with all sorts of colors... but I guess that's an issue we've been dealing with forever hu?

lucy AR said...

Yep, I think so...
Yesterday I was reading a bit of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and this was one of his themes ay- of Ethics. He says regarding politics and behaviours-
"The will of God is not a system of rules established from the outset. It is something new and different in each different situation in life. And for this reason a man must forever reexamine what the will of God may be. The will of God may lie deeply concealed beneath a great number of possibilities."