Does American Christianity only leave margin for Jesus after we've applied logic? Are we sticking Him in a boundary box of our own rationale?
" 'Come now, and let us reason together,' Says the LORD, 'Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.' "
Our American Christianity loves to rationalize things. It isn't something we even choose to do intentionally - it is so ingrained in our way of thinking that it is subconscious and seen as responsible to weigh options and choose what seems most advantageous to propel us forward into the world's definition of success.
We can't just take a new job - we need a pro/con list.
We can't marry the person based on love - we need a list of traits and FICO scores to compare.
We won't buy the first house we see, we need to spend hours online consuming inventory.
And none of this in and of itself is necessarily bad. God is a God of order, not chaos or confusion. He desires for us to know His heart and therefore His nature so we can filter our life through His ways.
Yet I've observed that we tend to start with the pro/con list, weed it down in our own intelligence, and then give God room to show us His will. Don't let it be something we've already crossed off or one that we are leaning against.
In fact, when we start with self, we are really looking for God to confirm our decision. This shows that we aren't really looking to God, we are looking to an idol version of Him that we've made up in our minds. The one who is not as wise as we are, who is a codependent cosigner to our wisdom (pride).
- I'm not saying do irrational things based on your own emotional whim.
- I'm also not saying follow your own logic. After all, that's just your limited mental ability.
I am saying move in faith and conviction, whether it makes sense or not. Sometimes it will. That's easier. Sometimes it won't. That's harder.
But if you're looking to make order out of revelation and new seasons so that you can neatly package it with a bow to present to others for their own approval (in their own logic), then you, my friend, might be missing out on Jesus's next move for you.
After all, we can't see everything from His view. He knows past, present, and future. He knows what He will do. Sometimes the things that don't make logical sense are the things that are exactly what He wants to prove His power through.
So will you put down that pro/con list and spend time, instead, in prayer? Seek His face. Wait on Him. But act when He gives clarity.