BY REV. DR. BRANDON MORROW - GOOD NEWS COMMUNITY CHURCH
Right now we live in a heavily pluralistic culture. Meaning that in terms of our faith: It's up in the air. There are differing religious categories:
• The unattached and uninterested
• The spiritual-but-not-religious crowd, which acknowledge some deity but they don't think the deity interacts with them regularly — nor would they want to express that communally
• Melting pot folks, those who want to flavor their life with a little bit of everything
• Nationalist Christians, those who interpret their faith through the lens of their political affiliation
• People who practice a faith that is unrecognizable to orthodox Christianity …
And really the list can just keep going. I do want to mention for the sake of the article that there are a many die-hard followers of the Way of Jesus.
I do have one question, though: What about Jesus? Yeah, yeah. What about Him? Really, what about Him? In a pluralistic culture, what about the exclusive claims of Christ that are revealed in scripture? This might be a helpful question for those who are seasoned in their faith, those who are skeptical of the faith, and even those who down right abhor it.
Take these scriptures for example: John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Acts 17:26-28, and 1 Timothy 2:3-6. In a world of having whatever you want, relative truth, or choosing something other, Jesus is truly something else.
Those scriptures tell us things like: Jesus is the only who is able to save us all, that Jesus is the only way, and that He is never far from us. The Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) speak of almost otherworldly tales of Jesus: command over the wind and waves, gifts of miraculous healing, the protection of children, the empowerment of women, and the resurrection of the dead.
In a world teeming with possibilities and avenues in pursuit of truth, and in a world where we can pick anything other than Jesus, why not Jesus? Jesus, truly, is something else.