There are a lot of things that we either only think we know or we simply just don’t know. We will know these things “When the Dark Glass is Broken.”
Like Alice, we shall step through that looking glass and know a reality full of familiar things with the surprising turn of realities and truths that will make a complete picture even though it is not precisely what we might expect.
The Bible is full of truth. In fact it is the source for nothing other than truth. But mixing with that truth, there is the human mind, full of pride and overestimated intelligence with a desire to explore and explain that truth. For the most part, the human intellect does a pretty good job of things here. But there are those points of interest which have historically divided and defined different faith groups. The trouble is that we let these points draw lines in the sand that we dare not even approach even though most are each very close to that line and are not as far apart as we seem to think.
We put on the garment of our denominations or of our disdain for them. We carry the torch of the historical stances taken by our fathers in the faith. And we fight tooth and nail over all those details on which we claim clarity and just can’t accept that there may be another point of view. We refuse to believe that even though that person is wrong – totally and absolutely wrong – that there may be some merit to their arguments. Simply, we believe that we have a monopoly on truth and any other claim is a personal affront to our space and ability to think. We are fools in that regard; haughty, vain, prideful, absolute fools. But, one truth transcends all those pre-millennial, arminianistic, lapsarian, Baptist points of view. That is that people are going to hell every day while we argue over things that can wait.
I am not opposed to deeply searching truth. I am not opposed to discussions around the truth to further hone our knowledge of our God and His word. But I am opposed to the kind of determined battle that we use as an excuse not to share the reality of Christ with the world. The problem is not that we think and discuss – we should do that. The problem is that we let the things that we argue over keep the world from hearing about the love of Jesus and the glory of Heaven. We are so wrought up in the details that we forget the story line to which all those details belong. We miss the forest for the trees. Redemption’s story is lost in the fray, and people stay lost because they have not heard, and they have not heard because we did not tell. We have failed in that regard, even though we can recount all the details of what we think is truth.
We must remember that for now, “We look through a glass darkly.” I am looking forward to the time when we have broken through that glass and this knowing in part business is done. As for me, I am ready to see what is on the other side.
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. (1 Corinthians 13:12 NKJV)
See You SONday!