As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died.Galatians chapter 6, verse 14; from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Why is it people love to boast? I know I boast about the Alabama Crimson Tide! But that’s different. It’s about Bama! But seriously, what makes us boast about this, that, or the other? Boasting is something that the Spirit has been planting in my heart and mind–the seed sprouted, and now it’s growing where I can see it. We want to think some things are worth boasting about; like the Crimson Tide. And herein lies the problem–what we think! Maybe even what we believe.
Now, we can either allow our believing to influence our thinking, or allow our thinking to influence our believing. And it seems that among many that it’s the latter–thinking influences believing. I’ve often wondered how those in the progressive theology group come up with what they believe–especially when it comes to sexual ethics. And it hit me this early morning. Their believing is influenced by their thinking.
Well, isn’t that OK? I mean, God gave us that ability to think; even though it frequently appears that many ignore that ability and haven’t used it in quite some time. There’s just one problem with our thinking. It’s been and continues to be influenced by sin. Everyone of us has been impacted and messed up with Adam and Eve’s choice in the Garden. Without even trying, our default mode of thinking returns back to our fallen nature. That’s the power and influence of Satan.
And this is exactly why Jesus told Nicodemus that we need to be born again (John chapter 3, verse 16). And remember how Nicodemus was thinking–thinking that was influencing what he believed. He just couldn’t wrap his believing it was necessary because his thinking was influencing his believing. It takes a completely radical transformation that only God can do in us. And for it to happen, well, that’s where faith comes into play. Faith isn’t about understanding–it’s all about trusting, even if we can’t comprehend it.
Faulty thinking is why Paul said we need to have our thinking transformed by our faith (See Romans chapter 12, verses 1 and 2). Progressive theology wants people to boast about their sexuality. But then there’s that pesky and often misunderstood Paul. But there’s no misunderstanding what he wrote to the church in Galatia. The only boasting is to be about the cross–and the cross is always about the dying. Dying to self and the world. And then, being resurrected a new person. A person where our faith influences our thinking–and not the other way around.