Albert Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” There has to be a change of mind. The change of mind has to originate from beyond ourselves. When limited to our capacity without external influence, there is nothing to increase that capacity as it won’t increase itself.
This quote is applicable in what we see happening in our culture today. The idea of individual liberty has been perverted to eliminate the need for any standard. Increasingly, the justification for a person’s decisions or positions is becoming that person. If they think it, feel it or want it, then it is validated in the name of open being open-minded. Ellen DeGeneres recently captured the idea with public encouragement, first and foremost, to “be true to yourself.”
Being true to yourself assumes that there is truth within yourself, and eliminates any influence which doesn’t originate from your limited perspective. Being true to yourself is necessarily going to promote an individual’s emotions and opinions to a place of truth. So truth is as fragile as your understanding and your internal compass is accurate in a vacuum with no context other than you.
- Ever have a bad day?
- Ever change your mind?
- Ever been wrong?
- Is there anything you don’t know?
Being true to yourself blows right past those land mines of error which compound our frailty to bring increasingly devastating consequences. Consequences point back to truth.
Philippians 3:19 says, “Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.”
There is a catch when quoting Scripture like that and the catch is that if it’s true for “them” then it’s true for “us.” More specifically, it’s true for “me.” If I choose to be driven by my own appetites, negligent in examining my own shameful behaviors or intent on the American dream over the sacrifice of the Kingdom call, then destruction in those areas awaits.
The Cross of Jesus calls me to a place of humility. Salvation in Jesus is a place of death to myself so that He will live in me. Is our expression of Christianity consistent with that reality so that others know we aren’t just being true to ourselves, but true to Him? Is the fruit from His presence on display without attempting to mix it with our own appetites and compromises?