I wish that you would bear with me in a little foolishness; but
indeed you are bearing with me. For I am jealous for you with a godly
jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, that to Christ I might present
you as a pure virgin. I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by
his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and
purity of devotion to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:1-3
Life has become very complex. Near instantaneous communication has birthed
a generation of people with more information available to them than ever
before in the history of mankind. Within moments we can have access to
weather reports from Jerusalem, stock quotes from Tokyo, basketball scores
from New York and terrorism updates from around the world. The complexity
of our lives has changed and we have changed with it.
For many, the exhilaration of these changes has given way to a desire
for a simpler life. This is not new. During the past 30 years we have
seen many examples of this. Hippies left the establishment
to look for a simpler life, many moving to Vermont for that reason. Yuppies,
burned out on money and the fast life, are now looking for the simple
pleasures. Because of this, politicians of both denominations are once
again espousing family values. Feminists, hearing the biological
clock ticking away, are once again having and raising babies. A simpler
life in a more complex world.
The New Testament tells of a man named Saul. He lived in the fast lane
of his day. His family probably was from the upper middle class. His education
was the finest available and his religious credentials were impeccable.
He valiantly debated and fought for Judaism, persecuting the followers
of Jesus. Not only was he a member of the nation of Israel, but he was
also a Roman citizen. A very complex life indeed.
Some years ago my daughter Anathea wanted to get married. I asked all
the Dad questions: What will you do for money? Where
will you live? Etc. She looked at me with stars in her eyes. Nothing
mattered-she and Brian were in love. A simple life in a complex world.
That is the way it is when we fall in love with Jesus. Nothing else really
matters. Loving Him is what its all about. One day, as Saul was
on a journey to Damascus, he met Jesus. Suddenly, he became a much simpler
man. This man fell in love with Jesus Christ and became the apostle Paul
who wrote of himself and about the church, betrothed to one husband
to Christ as a pure virgin.
A simple life of pure devotion in a complex world. So let it be!