There are innumerable voices, philosophies and mind tutorials loosed upon us all, through the media platforms available today.
If we are to sort the wheat from the chaff, it would be a good idea to define wheat and define chaff.
But we might find this difficult, in this post-modern cosmos we live in today. Difficult because minds are already made-up in a way contrary to our own values and assessments regarding what wheat and chaff is.
One man’s meat is another man’s poison etc.
One man’s junk is another man’s treasure etc.
(Why only ‘one man’s’ – What about the women? Anyway…)
The above are weak limited expressions in the context of what I’m considering, but maybe you get the idea – that what we consider valuable differs greatly from person to person.
Problem is – the most important message on the planet is ignored by many who must consider it junk rather than treasure?
The simple gospel, as in the gospel of Jesus Christ – can be universally understood and experienced.
We can state it plainly, without complicating it’s message.
Yet the human mind being what it is, we are confronted with the fact that people have mindsets that vary from person to person, culture to culture and country to country.
So how do we address these people-groups, or cultures with this ‘simple’ gospel? Is there a ‘one size fits all gospel?’
If we were to start to try to Tailor-make our expression or communication of the gospel to reach an individual, to reach a perhaps – unique culture, somewhere in the world, we might find ourselves giving up, as we vainly try to cover every communication angle, in order to reach and be understood by that culture group.
Perhaps someone who is an immigrant and has lived in the new culture a long time, has a better chance of communicating in a more understood way?
Returning to the simplicity of the gospel again, we might find, on examination, that our original approach is too complicated, as we still lose their attention.
Paul the apostle tells us his endeavours when it came to sharing the gospel –
22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.
All things – all men – all means.
His goal was to save some.
So again – ALL things – ALL men – ALL means.
To ‘get’ the gospel in order to be saved – cannot be dependent only – on how it is explained to us.
This is where God Himself steps in – you don’t have the real thing unless God steps in.
I wouldn’t have become a Christian except for the fact that God supernaturally stepped-in, in a mighty way, so that I was left unable to deny the tangibility and reality of the encounter.
I can dress up as a punk, get tattooed, spend time in your combo, and seek to explain the gospel using your language, but some will still get it and some won’t.
The message is plain. Listen to Paul as he explains the way he communicated it:
12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
This plainness can also be translated boldness.
Listen again as he explains what he considered to be how he should communicate:
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.
And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God.
So his ‘how to’-‘go to’ when it came to sharing the gospel – was 1) not in wisdom – as in what this world considers wisdom because that is spiritual ‘chaff’.
2) The cross and all it stands for is the message!
Lost world – somebody has to pay for the behaviour of it’s shambolic inhabitants expressed in man’s inhumanity to man (in short sin), — you should pay – I should pay for our sins – Christ paid instead. The just for the unjust – Christ suffers – Barabbas goes free.
All we need now is to accept the gift.
Could I explain that more fully? Yes ‘but…’
(“Lord please step in…”)
But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.