The Absolute Need For Unlearning
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principals of this world rather than on Christ.” Colossians 2: 6-8
The passage above makes all sorts of sense, assuming that you were taught the truth in love to begin with. But what happens when you are taught wrong instead of right? What if from your infancy in Christ you were taught hollow and deceptive philosophy, human tradition, and the basic principals of the world instead of the real truth? I will tell you what happens….you end up with much of what the modern church is today. You end up with a church full of ineffectual Christians who tend to do more damage to the image of Christ than they do good in His name.
Harsh and controversial words I know, but I speak them in love and out of a sincere desire to see The Body of Christ flourish instead of flounder. The simple truth is that the modern traditional church does not act or look much like it should after 2000 years of following Jesus. Because the church Jesus founded was based on relationships and not human hierarchies, organizational flow charts and programs.
The early church used its resources to reach out to unbelievers and take care of widows, orphans and the poor. While the modern church spends most of its assets on Clergy salaries, buildings and building funds. When the church began there was no such things as a separate class of believer called the Clergy. In fact they practiced and taught that every follower of Jesus was a gifted and talented priest and they did not place Pastors on a platform over and above other saints. The modern church model of Pastor as CEO and sole Leader comes directly from the basic principals of the world and not Jesus. The whole concept of leadership being totally male comes from human tradition and not Christ. Jesus was totally inclusive of all who would believe, yet much of the modern church practices exclusivity where it comes to gender, race, sexual identity, and social class. Sure on paper many claim to be open and accepting, but in practice there are tons of closed hearts and minds. We have been taught to be judgmental instead of loving. In todays church homosexuality is the unforgivable sin, but greed and gluttony are just fine. In todays church “God hates Fags”, but the accurate truth is that God loves EVERYONE!
Somewhere the church lost her way and she embraced lies and error instead of the truth in love. Friends examine yourselves and rid yourselves of error. Many times we were taught and learned falsehoods. We utterly need to unlearn many things that we have been taught. I have talked to numerous educators and they all agree that UNLEARNING is tremendously more difficult than learning was in the first place. We need to shine the Light of Truth into the shadowy corners of our theologies and then get down on our knees to weed out everything that does not measure up to HIS truth in love. The Spirit of Truth is calling out to the church, but when will we listen and learn as we should?
Love and ……
Kirk Out !