O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
First, I’d like to share Mark’s last thought:
Continue to love truth, and share it with love and respect, being mindful that each person is growing in God’s knowledge and wisdom at a level different than yours. Love your brother and sister, and show them the grace God has shown you!
Would that not transform our conversations, even with those with whom we disagree? Of course, it goes without saying that it is only gracious to share the truth we love with those willing to hear it. Therefore if someone just isn’t there, if they don’t want to listen or even consider what we have to share, then we would do better to drop the dialogue altogether than to pursue it with someone who has closed their mind to seeing anything beyond what they have already seen. This brings me to another statement from Mark’s message that I found particularly poignant:
We see only what we look for.
Think about that one for a minute.
Yes, I am still a sovereign grace believer, and so to the point of Mark’s statement from my unwavering commitment to that perspective, it is God who causes us to look for what we ultimately see. But that is why Paul taught us to pray that the eyes of our understanding would be enlightened. And that prayer should never be abandoned. Not in favor of tradition, or the complacency and comfort of the status quo, or for fear of how “orthodoxy” will define us and perhaps reject us. It is a prayer which I believe applies eternally.
I wanted to open this up to anyone else wanting to share what they found significant about Mark’s presentation. And maybe start it off just by asking one question:
If you could read the equivalent of a local newspaper from the time of Adam, or Enoch...or Noah, or Moses...do you think you would learn anything relevant to how they read essentially the same Scriptures that we read today? I mean that you couldn't know if all of your reading was restricted to contemporary, western literature?