Don’t read the full post yet. First, take look at the above piece of art and share your thoughts:
- What do you see?
- How do you interpret this art?
- How do you feel about this?
For me (as a “minister”), it is sobering to consider how we as “professional clergy” might – for various reasons – may have missed important aspects of what Christ desires us to see, know, and experience. I look at the art and wonder, “Are we the blind leading the seeking?”
The turning point for me came through an epiphany couple years ago.
I’ve come to realize – not in a self-deprecating way – that as much as I have tried NOT to be…
I AM a Pharisee.
The difference – from moi – and from the Pharisees of the Scriptures – is that I acknowledge and celebrate my need for Jesus and to be regularly informed and transformed by not only the Scriptures, traditions, but the living presence and power of Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Ultimately, it leads me to be a worshipper of the Triune God.
Yet, as much as I seek to avoid the common traps, it’s so easy to gravitate towards laws, bylaws, rules, behavior, buildings, money, personal fame, and the like. This is why I read this often:
to remind myself that God is actually talking to ME even though I’d like to often think it’s about YOU.
And this is why I choose to live by Grace.
Because any other path will lead us away from the personal Truth of Christ.
Artist: Michael Belk
By the time Jesus began his ministry in the early days of the First Century, the Pharisees, who were the religious elite of that time, had interpreted the Jewish law by adding many of their own rules. There were so many do’s and don’ts that religious life had become a burden to the Jewish people.
There are many in our religious communities, like the Pharisees of old, who have allowed the process of religion to overcome the purpose of Christ. Jesus referred to these people as the “blind leading the blind” and said they would “fall into a ditch.”
In all aspect of life, but especially in knowing the truth of God, its our responsibility to sift through the clutter of religious practices that may be getting in the way of seeking a relationship with Christ.
After all, Jesus did not come to start a religion; He came to testify to the truth of God and offer a revolutionary new way of living out God’s plan.