So there’s a popular phrase that says “don’t be so heavenly minded that you’re no earthly good” upon initial thought it’s a very profound idea that takes direct aim at your super religious judgmental person namely evangelical Christians. It is true in the sense that people who call themselves Christians can so easily get wrapped up into becoming these legalistic judges or Pharisees whom Jesus himself had disdain for who are so self-righteous and proud, provide no grace or love to their fellow man and are quick to point out their faults dismissing them to hell all the while making the unrepentant unbeliever much more unbelieving than they were because they were mistreated by such a person. As a Christian man myself I get it. The once popular phrase, WWJD should be our mantra. We need not to to be holding gavels pronouncing sentences but ought to be paying more attention to those on the wayside who actually need help and be Samaritans and guide them to the hospital (church) there’s a quote that says “church isn’t a club for saints but a hospital for sinners”
But what I want to shed light on is that The Word clearly directs us in Colossians 3:2 to be heavenly minded (surprise surprise). An eternal perspective should be the perspective to anyone who places their faith in Christ Jesus. Meaning everything that is of Him or anything that pleases Him is their delight and everything that is not of Him or whatever God hates is their disdain. Yes to righteousness and no to sin. Then we will rise and reign with Him. In the American society today and what I fear is happening to some of us Christians is that we are becoming oppressed or tolerant by the standards of the culture. Exhibit A: it’s not difficult to see this “Love” agenda being pushed out. I put love in quotes because theoretically this love means well but is it the love of the Bible? While I’m not here to say that a loving atmosphere is wrong a loving atmosphere without Christ is. That’s gravely dangerous. The society is telling us to “not be so heavenly minded” and to go with the flow of many things including that of premarital sex ( hey, just use protection), profane and sexually immoral images and words (hey, it’s only entertainment) and the hot buttons of abortion & homosexuality and etc. The society is telling us to just love people the way they are and don’t force your beliefs down anyone’s throat The problem is that those things go against God’s standards.(1. Cor. 6) And the fact of the matter is that our society doesn’t believe or at least adhere to those standards. Christianity has been erroneously displayed to the masses as a God that loves me the way I am and I can do what I want and He’ll forgive me. And sadly some church assemblies fail to address people’s wrongs and the need to vehemently pursue God in all areas of life once accepting Him as Lord and Savior. So in effect some people remain ignorant of Gods standards . People “love” Jesus…but from a distance. As long as you talk about loving people you good…just don’t make it too personal. (i.e. when it comes to being rebuked for the aforementioned things above) And that’s exactly what Jesus is to do. To have a personal relationship with us all. It’s until that happens that Gods standards won’t look like harsh judgments from a tyrannical giant in the sky. In fact the standards aren’t meant to punish us but to save us and bring us closer to Him. There are the very things He died on the cross for. The Holy Spirit transformation is very real and can turn the most vilest offender of Gods Word into the biggest proponent of His Word (see Paul) all it takes is admitting we’re finite, fallible, and in desperate need of something MORE this world just not have to offer.
The underlying point in all this surrender. And I mean TOTAL surrender. Our socially constructed ideals have to be submitted to a God who made us. I mean wouldn’t it make sense to consult the inventor on all the nuances of an invention? And the beauty of it all that I stress again is that God wants us to consider Him, consult Him, trust Him because He loves us! His love agenda is far better just because He is the First of all beings and is perfect so its a safe bet to invest 100% in what He has to say about love. and its my opinion that no one displayed what true love is better than He did on the Cross. His love can be thoroughly understood and carried out if we would really take time out for Him rather than define love ourselves. And that takes looking up to Him who is in heaven more. In a sense we ought to be more heavenly minded to do more earthly good. We should be like Jesus expressing His unadulterated Truth in love. I’ll close with this blurb from an unknown source:
“We humans develop our own corrupt moral standards that allow us to label certain sins as “minor” and “excusable.” If we were drinking glasses, each of us would leak. Some of us might be in worse condition than others, but what difference does that make? Who would give a king a cracked glass? Nothing imperfect reaches God’s minimum standard. It’s an insult to God to suppose that even the most saintly person is good enough for God. In reality, earth has just two types of people: hopeless moral failures who cling to humanity’s only Savior, and hopeless moral failures who try to face eternity on their own. To abandon faith in oneself and put all one’s faith in Christ’s goodness is like stepping into a spacecraft. For even the nicest people to trust their own goodness is like them hoping they can reach the heavens by jumping high.”