I’m still working my way through Colossians, and today I read the 2nd chapter in The Message Remix 2.0. In verses 8-10 it reads:

Colossians 2:8-10 (The Message)


Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that’s not the way of Christ. Everything of God gets expressed in him, so you can see and hear him clearly. You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness
of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything.

Wow! I love that! “You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ.” Sometimes, I think we’re all like this guy:

Urban Cowboy: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

We’re looking for love in all the wrong places. Jesus isn’t hiding from us, whether you believe it or not, most often its us who are the ones hiding. Even back in Eden, God wasn’t the one in the fig bush.

Over at Jesus Creed there is a post about Trumanistic Christianity. The Philosophical Pastor retorts with a wonderful metaphor here. I think they are both hitting on a pulse in North America –we-re becoming theological ostriches! We’ve got our heads so far buried into our doctrinal bubbles that we’re missing Jesus! He’s everywhere there
is need. You don’t need to look far off to find Him! He’s just around the corner!

We spend so much time wrangling over what is and what is not “essential” to our Christian faith that we don’t see Jesus standing just beside us. We put the Bible under a microscope trying to find the Man at our shoulder! We’ve got to get our heads up and see Jesus!

I’m discovering that Paul’s admonition — “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” — applies to Christian theologians, too. I’m discovering that when someone has to really try hard to emphasize their point, when they go to great lengths to show that their view is the most “logical” interpretation of the Scriptures, they are often (even though usually
unaware of it) trying to take you captive.

The Bible needs to be read and studied. The Bible needs to be interpreted for our day and place. But if the interpretation is convoluted, or a logical equivalent to a dominoes puzzle, beware! Jesus not only SHOULDN’T be that hard to find, He AIN’T that hard to find.

Look around, you’ll find Him near you, by your side. You don’t need fancy tools or philosophy. You just need to want to see Him.