What Are You Even Reading? - 'Say Whaaa?' #3
I've heard it said there are three rules to sound Biblical exegesis: context, context, and context. In Sunday's message, I illustrated how context helps shape our understanding of Romans 3. (I encourage you to listen to that message here.)
And in today's 'Say Whaaa?' I want you to see just how far the church's understanding can stray without proper context. I'll provide a little commentary at the end.
Here's the quote graphic in question:
And here's what the Bible actually says:
[Colossians 2:20-3:6 NASB] 20 If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, 21 "Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!" 22 (which all [refer] [to] things destined to perish with use)--in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men? 23 These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, [but are] of no value against fleshly indulgence. 1 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. 5 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. 6 For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience,
As you can see nothing in this passage has anything to do with the narcissistic rubbish of our picture. It's not about others criticism or even our own poor self-image. This may strain credulity, but there's actually nothing in the scripture whatsoever that concerns itself with our "self-image."
This passage is about behavior. Specifically the abandonment of "self-made" religion and our adherence to righteousness. You and I are made right by grace through faith in Jesus and in view of that mercy we are to consider our earthly members DEAD. Dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, etc.
The next time someone posts something like this try calling them to righteousness and see what reaction you get. Most likely it'll be something like, "Who I am in Christ is all that matters." #saywhaaa?