In which there is vocabulary

by Craig on January 3, 2013

 

“Are you a Christian?” I asked the skeptic.

He sat a little taller, fuller…
like a balloon being inflated…
and he said, “I am. I’m saved.”

This is part of my discussion with the skeptic, which began here.

And the discussion continued.

“How are you saved?” I asked.

“Jesus died on the Cross.”

“How does that make you saved?”

The balloon deflated a little, and there was silence.
We always want to break silence – maybe we shouldn’t be so quick.

Then, like the first pop of a bag of microwave popcorn came the break. The balloon got some air, his face lit up and he said, “He atoned for our sins. He was crucified for us and if we believe then we are redeemed.”

Wow, was there a ton of theology in that answer!

“What does it mean to be redeemed?” I asked.

“Saved.”

“What is saved?”

“Justified.”

“What is ‘to believe’?”

“Believe that he is God.”

“And that’s it? But James says that even the demons believe that Jesus is God.” (JAS 2:19)

With this, the skeptic deflated a bit more…

…and there was more silence.

“Are you going to heaven?” I probed.

“Yes.”

“Why?”

“Because I’ve been justified.”

“What makes you justified?”

“The grace of Jesus”.

Oh, and the circle continued nearly ad infinitum…
words being tossed about like salvation and sanctification.
Does knowing all the right vocabulary gain us entrance into heaven?

And for a moment I judged. I wonder how rare that is in a situation like this.

Is there sometimes an air of “I’m better than you” if we have a firmer grasp of the gospel than someone?

Is there is a sense of conceit in knowing the “secret”? Do we think we’re better? Or do we realize we’re just more fortunate?

Every single one of us is broken and barely glued together. Some of us are just blessed enough to have found heavenly glue – or have heaven find us – and apply said glue.

Pride can be so sneaky.
But sneaky is often obvious.
The skeptic stopped explaining.

Did he discern my quiet judgementalism?

Because defense turned to offense, and he stopped answering questions, leaned forward, and judging just a little of his own, asked, “If that’s not right, please, tell me what is?”

Ball in my court…

the discussion has a finale.

Please come back.

all the artwork is from  Jonathon Monk…
and is awfully easy to google.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Sylvia R January 3, 2013 at 11:23 am

“Barely glued together.” That resonates! That’s me. So thankful for the heavenly glue and its application, and Applier. Otherwise I know for a fact I’d be in the state of photo number two!

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A. January 3, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Really like this, Craig! Waiting for your next post! This sounds awfully familiar in several ways, so I can’t wait to see how this ends.

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Martha Orlando January 3, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Pride, indeed, can be so sneaky, creeping up upon us when we least expect it to be there. Dare we ever think we have it all together? That is the moment when we absolutely need to turn to the Lord and thank Him for the heavenly glue which binds us to Him in whom we live, move, and have our being.
Wonderful post, Craig! Looking forward to the sequel!
Love and blessings always, my friend!

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Felecia January 3, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Craig I can’t wait for the finale!
So often I worry that I’m coming across sounding superior somehow when it’s just that I may have lived it a little longer, spoken to the Lord a little more. I’m not better, I’m just further down the road. We are bound to judge (and according to Paul, allowed to judge fellow Christians). But if we’ve deemed that someone needs to hear the gospel we’ve judged. The difference is that we come humbly before them and not with a lofty air … because every Christ Follower knows that unless they’re in heaven, they ain’t arrived yet! :-)
Blessings and love dear-heart.
Felecia

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Debbie January 3, 2013 at 9:12 pm

I love how you write and share about these encounters with us. So much to glean from it all . ..and think about. Thankful for that glue! God bless you!
p.s. I think the skeptic answered better than I could! :)

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Katie January 4, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Oh pride so often gets in my way……… I am so thankful for the heavenly glue holding me together.

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