“And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:2-5, ESV.
I’m disturbed by what I perceive to be a growing trend within American evangelicalism.
I’m not talking about anything heady or something only theologians worry about.
I’m talking about something very practical … something that touches the lives of us normal, everyday Christians.
I’d like to think that it’s merely a reflection of my social media stream, but conversations with others have confirmed my fears.
So what is it that is disturbing me?
That Christians are adamant about things we have no business being adamant about.
We are adamant that each couple have as many children as they can possibly manage, if not more.
We are adamant that everyone homeschool their children (which we currently do).
We are adamant that everyone grind their own wheat and make their own bread (which we often do).
We are adamant that the consumption of processed foods is sin (foods we don’t regularly choose first).
We are adamant that some, if not all, vaccinations are bad for our children (our shots are current).
We are adamant that our smoothie recipes are superior (I’ve got some good ones if you’re interested)
We are adamant that birthing moms at least consider a home birth (we’ve loved hospitals in the past).
We are adamant that there are essential oils for every ailment under the sun (we use these from time to time)
We are adamant that yoga is evil (which I do frequently).
We are adamant that everyone have an exercise routine (like I do).
And we are adamant about “arguing” over these things on social media.
We are adamant about many things, yet the one thing we must be adamant about, we are not. “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”
An adamant attitude is not one of weakness, fear and trembling: it’s one of brashness, overconfidence, and pride.
An adamant attitude does not exhibit itself in speech that is humble and exemplary of the Spirit’s power: it’s one of vitriol, self-righteousness, superiority.
An adamant attitude does not lead others to faith in the power of God; it leads to despair as others attempt to be as wise as you demand they be.
Brothers and sisters, let us be adamant about only one thing: “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”
Force not your preferences on others. Force not those things upon which the Spirit may be leading you to do yet not others. God did not call us to be evangelists for the secondary and tertiary things of our faith, but only our faith. Our good news is not the fruit of the gospel, but only the gospel.
Let us not be adamant about the things we have no business being adamant about.
Let us be adamant, but be adamant about the gospel.