My main goal for starting this blog was really two fold. First, I wanted to start the process of sharing what ASF was about. You see, I wrote it about 6 years ago and have never really promoted it in any focused, social media savvy way. Sadly, I have done nothing to get the word out about a book that I feel very passionate about. Secondly, I wanted to create a place where people who consider themselves Christians could talk openly about what they liked and disliked about the current trends they see in Christianity today.
I hope that this blog site can be a safe zone, a place where fellow believers can share their frustrations and express their concerns about where Christianity has been heading over the past 30 to 40 years. It just seems that we took a wrong turn somewhere and we kept going in the wrong direction. That we lost sight of what the true meaning of being a believer should be and put in a lot of rules and expectations that made the whole thing so complicated. You will see as we move forward that ASF is really about simplicity. Nothing complicated about what I promote in the book or in my ministry to men. It is simply about getting back to the basics of Christianity.
You see, it seems to me that the Christian community at large has set up some “norms” that are not really norms at all. We have taken certain themes and made them “to die for” themes that should never have been elevated to that level to begin with. It all began with these voices or personas that have taken the mantle up for Christianity and have moved it in a unhealthy direction. I don’t think they meant to cause the movement to become unhealthy, but they did not think through the process and what the end results might be. One of the things that has been missing is a voice on the other end of the spectrum that could counter or stand up to the messages that have been coming out of the “we know the heart of God” group who have set up these “norms” that they consider bed rock to being a believer. I hope to be that voice that can give an opposing view and a different take on some of these “unwavering pillars” in the Christian arena.
In my book “ASF”, I try to show how these voices, or as I call them in the book, these wizards, talk with authority about God’s will for us. Like they know God’s will for us. How can anyone really know God’s will for us? Think about it. How arrogant is that mindset? What kind of power trip do you have to be on to stand up and definitively say, “this is what the Lord wants, needs and expects from us. It’s ok to ponder those questions and humbly try to anticipate what might be a “Christ like” response to situations, but that is way different then proudly standing up and stating we know what the Lord would say and do in specific situations.
What is at the root of this discussion, is can we truly know God’s heart? Think about how powerful that statement is. To truly know Gods’ heart. The best we can do is to use our heart to project that and I know how bad my heart is. It is filled with all sorts of bad stuff. Lust, greed, envy and hatred. The list goes on and on. We make the mistake of thinking we can use our tainted heart to then project what God’s heart would do in specific situations and on certain themes. That is a dangerous path to take.
The sad reality is we have given the reins of Christianity over to these wizards, these experts in theology, and allowed them to set the tone and come up with the rules and the themes that have marked us for many centuries. We have allowed these wizards to complicate and divide Christianity into hundreds of bickering groups that love to judge other believers and point out how we differ and not what draws us together. We focus on the rules that we each have put in place and not the place that actually launched the Christian movement to begin with.
I know this might sound like I do not respect leadership within Christianity today and that is not true. I have served in a lay leadership capacity for over 20 years and know many humble, broken leaders, who sacrifice for the cause of Christ. The problem I try to point out is these leaders are not the problem. It’s the chosen few who are at the top of the food chain that get the “star status” who wield the power and inflict most of the damage. Christianity is not immune from the same type of hero worshipping that goes on in sports or Hollywood. We elevate people way too high and confuse them with being closer to God than ourselves. That is a dangerous view point. No one is any closer than any one else. All have fallen short. All. I think I read that somewhere.
ASF speaks to this issues along with many more concepts that plague the Christian landscape. I hope you venture down this path with me and are transparent enough to have an open mind and a humble heart to seek out what things we might be doing that could be letting God down in our pursuit to promote His Son. Instead of focusing on all the things that separate and divide all the groups within Christianity, imagine if we focused on the one event or place that could unite us all. The foot of the cross.by