I recently had a talk with a young man about his thoughts on God, the Bible and postmodernism. ¬†I left that meeting feeling like I really need to focus on learning more about the world’s philosophies purely for the purpose of being able to share the gospel in a way that is relevant to them.
I have talked about this with a couple of friends lately and they challenged me on it. ¬†I thought they were wrong, but I read something in scripture today:
Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. ¬†The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. ¬†But the man who loves God is known by God.
-1 Corinthians 8:1-2¬†
The thing is, the mantra that I’ve adopted with people about evangelism lately is “You shouldn’t try to make the gospel relevant. ¬†The gospel is relevant.” ¬†It’s a message that has resonated with generations for over 2000 years. ¬†What makes me think that more knowledge will make the message more effective? ¬†The bottom line is that only the Holy Spirit can change a heart.
I have a new New Year’s Resolution. ¬†Not to learn more. ¬†Just to love more. ¬†And in the process, to know and be known by God.