ok, so the title of this entry might strike a defensive or even hostile chord in your heart, but it’s an important truth that we “all” need to understand. at times in Scripture, God’s chosen people are referred to as “adulterous people” or an “adulterous generation” or as “adulterer’s.” though the language may seem incredibly harsh and may make us want to cringe, we are adulterers and need to understand why it’s such an important truth for us as Christians and as human beings.
many of us will look at our Spiritual lives and think that we’re doing well or not doing so well and we’ll typically gage this based on a list of actions and morality: i pray or i don’t pray, i read my Bible or i don’t read my Bible, i’m serving or i’m not serving, i’m not ‘sinning’ or i’m ‘sinning’ more than i ought. then, once we’ve assessed ourselves, we’ll make some kind of correction by trying harder. the issue with this is that everything is relational in God’s kingdom and in this world. our spirituality and our growth is not a list of tasks that we “must” fulfill, but a relationship with the living God. doing the right things is meant to be the fruit of a devoted relationship with God through Christ. We, however, make it about self development and self improvement.
So, why are we adulterous? because if everything is relational, then when we sin it’s not merely about doing something wrong or being wrong; it’s about breaking our relationship with God. it’s about breaking our covenant with Him. it’s like breaking our marriage vows (adulterous). i can’t go to my wife and tell her that i love her and am devoted to her but still demand that i will still do whatever i want. that doesn’t make any sense at all.
now, if we look at “sin” in this context, it changes everything. maybe we would grieve more about breaking God’s heart rather than only focusing on our failure. maybe we would understand that our “sin” doesn’t just affect us, but it has impact in our relationships and relationship with God. maybe repentance would look different too since it’s not about doing it better, but about loving more.
Sami and Jaci helping give perspective to my weed problem...
i’ve got weeds growing everywhere!!! i put a couple shots of one patch that’s in front of my house. One with my kids and car to give you some perspective on how tall they are and one that’s a bit closer up. now, i’ve actually got to do some major work to get rid of these bad boys. i can’t believe how fast they’ve grown. this patch was dirt when we first moved in 9 months ago and now i can’t even see the dirt! being a pastor and theologian, i can’t help but look at my weed garden and see the correlation to our lives. i’ve put off taking care of my garden for almost a year and now i have
Yes, They're ALL Weeds!!!
a serious problem that seems totally out of control and overwhelming. i almost don’t know where to start. i thought of weeds in my life that are now deeply rooted within me and think of how overwhelming they become when i choose to look away and ignore them. when they started, they were just small little patches so i thought, “no biggie… i’ll take care of it later.” after a while though, the crap in my life gets overwhelming and i feel like it’s a lost cause. did you know that some weeds actually produce these little flowers that almost make them look pretty? but no, they’re still weeds that grow out of control and start screwing up the rest of the garden. weeds can be subversive that way.
i sat there thinking about all of the different strategies to kill them. i’ve heard of different organic solutions (water and vinegar, boiling water, soap and water, etc.) but i’ve chosen to go the old school route of pulling them by hand. one by one, i’m going to go after them. since there are so many, i’ve asked my friend to help me out. interesting isn’t it? even in this, i can see how community makes such a difference in helping us figure out our junk as well as help us deal with it. wow, when i decide to deal with weeds, it actually brings me closer with people. interesting.
weeds… a curse, a blessing…
i’m pretty obsessed with my weeds right now… enough talking about them. time to get dirty and deal with them…