9/28/15 DJ 20's
DJ, an African-American man in his 20’s who had practically grown up in church, told me “No one wants to hear about Jesus anymore, no one is really interested”. I had reached out to him in a sidewalk conversation, had a talk about his confusion over putting his faith in Jesus rather than putting his faith in his own good works, and the above comment came when I talked to him about the importance of sharing our faith. From the rapid rise of mega churches and TV ministries around the world to the current popularity of Pope Francis, it might seem DJ is wrong – that many people in fact seem to be very interested in the things of God. But are they, or is much of this only a fulfillment of Paul’s prediction that “the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Tim 4)
So what do itching ears want to hear? Those who want to form their own image of God around their own ideas of what that god should be like will be attracted to those teachers who confirm and support the image of god they are creating. But these imagined versions of god are nothing more than stone images, the false idols warned against in the second commandment. We don’t need an imagination to know God, we need His revelation of Himself! And that’s what we find in the pages of scripture. We also find in it a mirror of ourselves by His standard. The standard of God’s commandments, if we are willing to look into that mirror, shows us our selfish, rebellious nature in all its vainglory. In God’s law we see our sin as it really is, and we see our need for forgiveness. In God’s law, we see our need for Jesus.