From whence do you get your theology? I mean, the things that you really deep-down believe — where do those come from? Your own thinking? What your church or pastor says? Contemporary media or the musings of whatever “intelligentsia” happens to be holding court?
Would you take your theology from a SINNER? Someone that you KNEW was “steeped in sin at birth”? Probably not.
And it’s one thing when someone like that makes statements such as, “I kind of think that . . .” or “I’m coming to just about believe . . .” But what if their dogmatism is downright in your face? What if that steeped-in-sin-under-God’s-judgment person were to make theological declarations to you and framed them by the words “WE know”?
You’d be offended, right? You’re the religious expert and you’re being lectured to by a lifelong, wide-eyed beggar who’s got mud on his face.
But TRUTH has a funny way of not caring who the messenger happens to be. And the more offensive and unlikely the carrier, the more it seems TRUTH relishes the process. And in this situation, the carrier speaks the truth. Mostly. We say “mostly” because the man born blind declares a known fact that might be up for debate. He says, “We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.”
Actually, God does listen to sinners. That’s the only category of human beings that’s left! And, boy, are we glad He does! (to be continued)