Did God choose me? Did I choose God? Am I responsible for my actions? Does God know what I'm going to do before I do it?
These are the questions that come up every single term. Students from all over the world are asking the same questions. Does God know, and what is my responsibility in this life?
I guess it's an important doctrine to study, as it shapes our view of God and His sovereignty.
I know their concern for relatives and friends that haven't chosen to be followers of Jesus.
I'm sure it's way more fun to talk about than to really live out our convictions
Is this the sum total of doctrine people are concerned with?
I guess I'm a simplistic thinker when it comes to this point, because I know there have been theologians a lot smarter than I am who've worked on this problem for thousands of years. I can see both sides of the issue, and the bottom line for me…what's my responsibility either way?
For if God chooses us, He obviously uses humanity to "Go and make Disciples" so we have to go.
And If we choose Him, we have a part to play to "Go and make Disciples" (Matthew 28) and again…going is inferred.
So really….do we need to keep arguing?
Can't we read Jesus' message in Matthew 22, and figure out how we can Love God, and Love our Neighbor, and once we get that one down, it seems like things just start falling into place. (after all, tha's what He said, 'All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.)
I don't know, but it seems like teenagers are just mirror images of us. Some are really searching for the answer, but most are just trying to start stirring the pot of division. Wouldn't be ok if we sat at the table of God's great paradox, and just focused on the things we knew needed to be taken care of?
Have we loved the least of these yet?
Have we learned how to love our enemies?
Have sought out how to implement spiritual discipline in our daily lives?
How about going to all nations? Have we been victorious over class struggles and racism?
I respect the opinions of both sides, and I see the scriptural references for each. I do believe God is sovereign in all circumstances, but I'm really ok saying, "Can we just wait to ask that one when we see Him?" Life is too short to foster division in the church. Let's focus on the things we "KNOW" to be true, like "Pure and undefiled religion is this, that we take care of orphans and widows in their distress, and that we remain unstained from the world." (James 1:27)
So, maybe when there are no orphans in the world, and all the widows have been relieved, we can sit around the theological table of debate, and give it another go.
Anyone feel similar?