Let your Christianity be so unmistakable, your eye so single, your heart so whole, your walk so straightforward that all who see you may have no doubt whose you are, and whom you serve.~J.C Ryle
I started this day by going to desiringgod.org and watching a Biography on J.C Ryle today. To me, this specific quote from Piper, quoting Ryle really cut me to the heart and really shaped the reason for this blog’s name:
Dislike of dogma, he wrote,
is an epidemic which is just now doing great harm, and especially among young people. . . . It produces what I must venture to call . . . a “jelly-fish” Christianity . . . a Christianity without bone, or muscle, or power. . . . Alas! It is a type of much of the religion of this day, of which the leading principle is, “no dogma, no distinct tenets, no positive doctrine.”
We have hundreds of “jellyfish” clergyman, who seem not to have a single bone in their body of divinity. They have no definite opinions . . . they are so afraid of “extreme views” that they have no views of all.
We have thousands of “jellyfish” sermons preached every year, sermons without an edge, or a point, or corner, smooth as billiard balls, awakening no sinner, and edifying no saint. . . .
And worst of all, we have myriads of “jellyfish” worshipers—respectable Church-gone people, who have no distinct and definite views about any point in theology. They cannot discern things that differ, any more than colorblind people can distinguish colors. . . . They are “tossed to and fro, like children, by every wind of doctrine”; . . . ever ready for new things, because they have no firm grasp on the old.
Oh, what beautiful truth to wake up too. It is as if the entire week I was waiting to hear such poignant words from such a man of God, but what scary things to consider! As I looked at my own heart over the last few weeks, I ask how much has my body been much like the jellyfish without a bone or backbone in some cases. There have been times this week where I have taken a silent approach when people trample on my Lord’s gospel, or when people have misunderstood their faith and I have stayed in the shadows fearful of ridicule or challenge.
In many ways, I have been wondering when I was forefront, that I did love people more then, because I truly more worried about their good then my own image.
Lesson 1 Today: Be less like a Jellyfish, and take a stronger stand for the truth even when people don’t agree
I have recently been going to a bible study at a friend’s place, and we have been touching on Matthew 13:51-end
and there has been much revelation. However, there is also something I’ve realized about it, I need to draw out people’s question more to be able to better answer them.
Lesson 2: Talk less, ask more questions to clarify
This must seem like a random expunging of thoughts, but I’m sure the more I do this, the more my thoughts will be focused.