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One in Christ

 

God is the God of life  through Him all things receive life.  However, “Somewhere in the midst of our becoming enlightened,” Mary Poplin writes, “we humans finally matured and no longer needed to socially construct God or gods or any supernatural entities to understand our lives or guide our behaviors.” (page 14, Is Reality Sacred?) We have replaced the Biblical metanarrative with our own enlightened metanarratives in which there is no promise of life. These metanarratives, and the consequences of them, are destroying our young. 


Worldviews thrive on change, and it is this ever-changing way of thinking and doing that makes worldviews so exciting, making it extremely difficult for our young to accept the eternal life that is offered to them in the Word of God. 


The sole purpose of God sending His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world is to bring life again to His people. Though there are some truths in worldviews, none are fruitful unto life. "Bearing Fruit" as referred to in the Bible means that one’s thoughts, words, and actions reflect the heart and soul of one who through repentance and forgiveness is set free to live his/her life through Christ. They have surrendered their life to Christ.  


Jesus uses the example of He being the vine and we the branches in order to increase our living a life by faith.  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.  Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. John 15:1-4


Does that then mean that a young person must give up his pursuit of an education and become a “John the Baptist” who dresses in rags and eats bugs and honey? Check out the following website


The difficulty comes from the world because the world does not like anyone who is a disciple of Christ. Jesus explains this to us.


 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.  Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.  But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason. John 15:18-25


Mary Poplin is a vibrant example of a disciple of Christ who does not shrink away from the world but lives in the midst of it. What is true for someone like Mary Poplin is true for anyone who is led by the  Holy Spirit.


 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me.  And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning. John 15: 26-27