Futile Thinkning
Tuesday, February 8, 2011


“For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”  (Rom. 1:21)


                Jesus had just fed thousands of followers with 5 loaves of bread and a few fish.  And Matthew tells us in the very next sentence, “The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested Him by asking Him to show them a sign from heaven.”  While we are quick to jump on the religious leaders of Jesus’ days on earth about their total ignorance of the things of God, aren’t we the same way?  I think it is ironic that Jesus’ response to the Pharisees and Sadducees applies just as much to us today as it did to them in that day.  As I continue my thoughts on how we view God, I want to address it today from the response of Jesus to the Pharisees and Sadducees and demonstrate that we are losing our grip on faith because our thinking too has “become futile and our foolish hearts are becoming darkened.”


                Jesus said, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’  You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.  A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” (Mt. 16:2-4)  Now read carefully.  What Jesus said to them was, “you can think logically about the world, but when it comes to things of God you throw logic out the window.”  Look carefully:  If the evidence is evening comes and the sky is red, then the logical conclusion is fair weather.  Or, if it is morning and the sky is red, foul weather will come.  Remember the ditty we learned as a child, “Red sky of the morn, sailors forlorn, red sky at night, sailors delight.”  They could think logically about the evidence of the weather, but not about a God who was standing in front of them feeding thousands of people with just a small amount of food.


                Folks, that is where Christians live today.  We can look at the complexity of creation, bees that need flowers and flowers that need bees, dust that requires rain to settle it and clouds that require dust to free the rain, the intricacies of how we are “wonderfully made” and the complexities of a human cell, a universe so vast we cannot measure it and the atom that is so small we cannot comprehend it – all of these things and much more.  And we develop logic around these things.  We fight to save the bee and the flower, we have massive weather information systems to interpret the signs, we have developed the biological sciences to learn how wonderfully made we are, and we have telescopes and microscopes to explore the depths and the heights of the creation.  Yet when it comes to the things of God, we throw logic out the window and teach evolution in our schools and maintain government systems which deny the existence of God.  If we are a Christian nation and deny God we are the Pharisees and Sadducees of our generation.


                And the results are clear:  When we see the evidence of God all around us and “suppress the truth by our wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to [us], because God made it plain to [us], for since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, [we] are without excuse.” (Rm. 1:20)  That is our generation folks.  We see the evidence of God all around and teach our children in government schools there is no God.  And clearly – we are without excuse.  Jesus calls that adulterous.  We claim to be the bride of Christ, but we embrace not our husband but the teaching of an unbelieving world.  Christians sit on school boards, academic counsels, and in government offices and create laws and rules which deny the existence of God.  The voice of the world is so loud that the fear of our leaders causes them to deny God and establish laws of the world.  That folks is adultery.  And if you know Scripture, you know that adultery is the only sin by which the bonds of a covenant can be broken.  Truly, Paul was right: “Our thinking has become futile and our foolish hearts have become darkened.  Although we claim to be wise we have become fools . . . we have suppressed the truth and exchanged the truth of God for a lie.”

                 There is much to think about as Christians.  There is much evidence that we can logically come to the conclusions that Jesus is the Christ and that by Him, and for Him, and through Him all things came to be.  But Christians first you have to think from God’s perspective.  And sadly we do, until it comes to thinking about Him.  I challenge you to pick up and read “Knowing God,” by J.I. Packer; and “Knowing Christ Today,” by Dallas Willard.  They are heavy books, but God is a heavy (glory means heavy) God.  And He expects us to think with the minds He has given us.  And the results will be understanding.    “Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.” (2 Tim. 2:7)

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