Just a short thought. I was driving the other day and heard Obama make some remarks about how Congress needs to put aside party politics in order to avoid the forthcoming Fiscal Cliff. If nothing is done, tax reductions / cuts would expire at the end of 2012 and we would see huge jumps in personal income taxes across all income brackets. Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid separately came out with similar comments that party politics needs to be put away in order to get the job done before the year-end deadline.
Everyone seems to agree that taxes needs to remain “low” — a relative term of course. Everyone seems to agree that raising taxes across the board, especially during tough economic times, would be disastrous. Like the usual political rhetoric, every politician claims to want to keep taxes low. The funny thing is that the traditional media keeps playing clips from everyone with the same message — as if it’s a surprise to anyone. What would really be interesting and newsworthy would be if someone were to come out and just say “we need to stop taxation completely”.
Anyway, this media circus around the canned “keep taxes low” push reminded me of Christians that make all kinds of outlandish claims based on Scripture. Baptists, Pentecostals, Methodists, Presbyterians, Evangelical, and non-denominational denominational Christians (those that claim to not be a part of a denomination in name, but look, feel, smell, and sound like a denomination) — all of them claim to believe what they believe based on Scripture. Every. Single. One of them. In fact, most of them will claim their only creed is Sola Scriptura or by Scripture alone.
And yet, they divide the Body of Christ into factions and clubs again and again and again.
Those guys have their picnics on the lawn.
Those guys think they’re the only ones going to heaven.
Those guys play organs in church.
They raise their hands while praying.
Those guys baptize their infants.
Those guys welcome homosexuals in their building.
Sound familiar? And for every finger point and turned back, the justification is usually something like “it’s not my doing. I’m just obeying the Bible.”
Brothers and sisters, I am never one to discount the absolute authority of Scripture for those that claim to follow Christ. I firmly believe that
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17(NKJV))
But with maturity, I’m beginning to see that I can be sure of 2 things when it comes to my faith. 1) I am a sinner and in desperate need of a Savior and 2) Jesus Christ, the perfect and spotless lamb, took my place and punishment in order that I might be redeemed once and for all because I could never do it on my own.
Everything else, I approach the Scriptures with humility and lean on God’s wisdom (not the canned responses of my denomination) to show me how to live in holiness each and every day.