Do you remember the guys that would show up to the High School parking lot years after they graduated? We would look at them and think, ‘wow, after I graduate I’m never coming back here again.” We didn’t want to get caught dead being seen in High School after we graduated! That’s what the ‘losers’ did.
As a young Christian I thought that it was my job to not change. To view the world through the doctrines I was taught and to disregard new ideas that get in the way of a ‘Christian worldview.’ I took that role very seriously but then I realized that it was inconsistent with the way of Jesus. God gave us a brain and he designed us to grow.
1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
Have you ever met a Christian who hasn’t changed since the day you first met them? Still giving the same old tired cliches? Still spouting the company line? No excitement, no freshness, just a stern adherence to the same old…
Don’t get me wrong, certain beliefs will always remain bedrock. I still affirm the Nicene creed and the basic tenants of the faith but something has changed.
It’s like I use to watch a TV show in black/white but then they released a color version on blu-ray. Now, as I rewatch episodes I am seeing things I never saw before. God is doing new things in my heart and teaching me new lessons.
Sometimes I want to go back to the black/white days. It was so much simpler. Less details. Less fogs. But alas, color is in. I want to be that bright-eyed 17 year old who thinks he has it all figured out. I want to be that college student who is talking down to the science professors. It felt good to be naively CERTAIN.
It is better to be the Christian God calls you to be today than to preserve the Christian you were 10 years ago.
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