Colossians 1:15-17 (NLT)
15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
16 for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
There’s an article in LinkedIn today titled Ubertrends, written by Anurag Harsh. Interesting, like all crystal balls, not perfect, blah, blah, blah. What got my blood pressure elevated though was in the first comment that among other things said “Even more unfortunately, humanity seems hell bent on a lemming like road fueled by and incredible arrogant ignorance stemming from absurd religious fairy tales and superstitious fatalism” (Dimitri Delacovias – Freelance Matte Painter).
Humanity seems hellbent to destruction because of absurd religious fairy tales and superstitions fatalism? I just scratch my head and wonder if he’s ever read the red letter words in a bible, or has he learned everything through Youtube? I think his comment represents a common take on Christ though.
Christ gets lumped in with men (as in mankind) when he shouldn’t be. In reading the article, I wonder what would happen if all countries and cultures lived by the red letter words in the bible. We should all give serious thought to it and ask ourselves why we aren’t.
Last night at the jail 16 inmates out of 800+ were there to participate in the mentoring program. We had 8 from our pod (section of the floor). Some were there for the first time, some have been coming to a few, two have signed the mentoring contract. The interest level was high and the ebb and flow of the questions intense because of the strangeness of the concepts (submitting to God’s will, integrity, accountability, responsibility, all amped up to, and relentlessly pursued at, the highest level we can achieve) of a new life, a possibility to break the cycle. The men were white, black, young and old, but for that short hour, it didn’t matter, we were all the same.
We all have a common bond – we’re broken. Over time, some of us will have a different common bond – we’re broken and we’re in Christ. That small, hot room last night was nothing more than a microcosm of Ubertrends. The fix is the same too and it’s all in the red letters.