I spent the last couple of days in Knoxville on a work-related trip. The trip was useful. I got to listen to several good speakers talking about things that can, could or do affect my day-job.
One speaker discussed the topic, “Best Practice for User Experience.” The topic revolved around tips to keep in mind when creating something that will be used by others. Some of the tips had a great correlating spiritual point that can and should be used by preachers – although a couple of the points aren’t as promising. Not saying the point isn’t true (because it is)…just saying the point needs to be kept in mind due to its poor, but honest, reflection of many listener’s mindsets. Over the next the few days I’m going to share the tips I believe are worth noting.
Tip #1: “If you solve the wrong problem, it doesn’t matter how well you solve it.”
This tip has huge spiritual ramifications, and the social gospel, the prosperity gospel and gospel of universalism can all learn something from what it’s saying. Why? Because those gospels seek to solve problems without solving the root problem of the weed-infested garden – and that root is sin!
Fixing personal relationships, family issues, social problems, financial woes, religious differences or any other problem mankind suffers from without addressing the issue of sin is a task of vexation (Ecclesiastes 12:11-14). If the root doesn’t get pulled up, the fruit will not change.
The solution to our problems is Jesus and the avenue he prescribes for our specific issue. But in the case of spiritual matters, the physician expects his patients to know they are sick before the medicine can take effect (Matthew 9:11-13).
So, lipstick can be put on a pig, but that doesn’t mean the pig will leave the far-country’s muddy pit (Luke 15:12-16). Bright lights may be flashy, but that doesn’t mean eyes are being opened (Ephesians 5:8-14). Numbers, nickels and noise may impress the masses, but a tree will be judged by its spiritual fruit (Matthew 7:16-20). We have to remember that fuzzy spiritual-math won’t solve our spiritual-problems (Acts 17:30-31).
“Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations — “Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,” which all concern things which perish with the using—according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.” (Colossians 2:20-23 – NKJV)