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Cultural Impact: A Biblical Response to Racism

It doesn’t take the word of an Ivy League professor for us to see that our nation is just as divided now on questions of race as it has ever been. From the events that took place in Ferguson, MO to the recent events in Charlottesville, VA, America has been shaken by divisions that we once believed were settled decades ago. We have seen that bigotry and fascism continue to be alive and well and racial superiority is still the motto by which many choose to live. Undoubtedly, most Christians today would say that racism is a sin and is condemned in the Bible. However, if we are truly being honest with ourselves, we often fail to take an unequivocal stance against racism as we do against homosexuality and abortion. Often it is the case that we allow racism to go on in our midst without taking the stance that Jesus would have us to take.

As followers of Jesus, it is vitally important that we stand just as strongly against any form of racism as we do against any other hot topic of our time. The Bible speaks clearly and unequivocally against racism in any form. For example, the book of Galatians states:

But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. –Galatians 3:28

What is the Apostle Paul saying in this passage? He is saying that, in the eyes of God, the divisions that we create for ourselves do not exist. He is saying that if we are one with Jesus Christ we are one with one another. When God looks at the world, He does not see Caucasians, African Americans, Hispanics, etc. Instead, He sees the work of His hand in each individual. The question that we must ask ourselves is this:

If God does not allow race to be a source of division in His eyes, how can we say that we are justified in doing so ourselves?

    The point is, the book of Genesis tells us that we are all made in the image of God. This is not an exclusive statement. It is not just whites, or Hispanics, or African Americans, or Jews that are made in the image of God. We are ALL made in the image of God and have been given our unique characteristics from the hand of God. This includes all races of every nation.

Now, we may say that racism is far from us and that we in no way participate in the divisions that are taking place. However, we must realize that when we see racism taking place before our eyes and fail to take a stand against it, we are guilty through our apathy. God expects us as His disciples to take a stand for and against the things that He would take a stand for and against. To overcome the divisions that exist in our generation, we must look at all races through the eyes of God.


Treasure that Matters

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Have you ever had something cross your path in life that you just had to have and you would do ANYTHING to get it? You constantly daydream about it. It consumes your mind at work and while lying in bed at night. It may have been a car, a house, clothing, or some “treasure” that you just can’t forget about. Maybe it was a relationship with someone that you wanted so badly that it consumed your thoughts and dreams. At some point in our lives, it would be safe to say that the majority of us have had that “treasure” that was just too irresistible to let slip out of our hands. In an illustration known as a parable that Jesus was sharing with His followers, He uses the concept of “irresistible treasure” to explain salvation. This is what He says:

 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. The in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys the field. –Matthew 13:44 ESV           

In this parable, Jesus tells of a man that finds treasure that is so valuable to him that he immediately covers it back up for safekeeping. This may sound crazy, but in a time in history in which banks and safety deposit boxes were nonexistent, this makes perfect sense! This treasure is extremely important to him, and he wants it secure. For us, this would be the equivalent of our “irresistible thing” that keeps us awake at night. Once we get our hands on that prize, we are going to do everything we can to safeguard it! Now, this is where things get crazy! The man is so overjoyed that he has found this treasure that, not only does he hide it for safekeeping, but he goes and sells all his possessions to buy the field that the treasure is hidden in. This is where things get crazy, because, there may be things in life that we want, but there aren’t too many things, if anything at all, that we would be willing to give up all our possessions to get. However, this man is willing to give up ALL to gain this treasure. No questions asked! The question is: What would be so wonderful that it would warrant giving up everything to gain? The answer is simple and Jesus gives it right at the beginning: The kingdom of heaven. In modern language: Salvation.

What is Jesus saying in this parable? He is saying that there is a treasure that is worth sacrificing every worldly possession that we could ever own to gain and that is the salvation that He gives. Why is salvation that valuable? What is it about salvation that makes it more precious than anything we could ever own? First, salvation reaches beyond the time restraints of this life and goes with us into eternity. Jim Elliott, the great missionary and martyr, said,

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain that which he cannot lose.”

See, your cars, your money, your gold, and your fame cannot go with you into eternity. Once this life ends, your possessions end with it. However, salvation is the one thing that matters after this life ends. It is the ONLY thing that matters! When we stand before God, we will not be able to buy our way into heaven, but we will be able to enter based on faith in Jesus Christ. That will be the only currency that matters. Second, salvation is beyond the value of any other treasure because of the relationship with Christ that comes with it. Jesus said in John 17:3 ESV, “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” Eternal and meaningful life is not found in the treasures of this world, but it is found in the relationship that we have with God through Jesus Christ His Son. In that relationship is an abundance of peace and joy. That treasure is worth giving up everything we could ever consider valuable here on earth to gain. That is treasure that matters!


Joseph and the Providence of God

JosephDivineProvidenceHave you ever noticed how easy it is to believe that God is in control when things are going well? When our health is good, our family is safe, and our jobs are secure, it’s easy to say, “God is good!” But what about the times in life when things take a turn for the worst? What about those times that our health fails us, our family comes under attack, or the security of our jobs becomes a thing of the past? It is in these moments that our belief in God as Provider is tested the most. It is in these moments that we often turn to God and say, “Why won’t you take control?” See, when we go from a mountaintop to a valley, we tend to go into shock and we lose all sense of spiritual confidence. We feel as though God has left us and has rejected us for reasons that we can’t understand.
The story of Joseph, the son of Jacob, is the epitome of a riches to rags story. The story of Joseph is found in Genesis 37-50 and is the account of a man that one day was on top of the world and the next was at the bottom of a pit. At a young age, Joseph was favored by his father and was immensely blessed by God. His father loved him so greatly that he gave him a beautifully adorned cloak of magnificent colors that made him stand out from all others. Called the “dreamer” by his older brothers because of the visions that God had given him of his future, he was despised by those that should have loved him most. Because of their jealousy and pride, Joseph’s brothers developed a plot to throw him into a pit and then sell him to a caravan of slave traders headed to Egypt. After selling Joseph, the brothers take Joseph’s cloak and cover it with goat’s blood and report to Jacob that Joseph has been slaughtered by a fierce animal. Jacob is beyond distraught at the news and refuses to be comforted and in one day Joseph finds himself moving from the mountaintop to the valley of his life. Things only begin to get worse as Joseph arrives in Egypt and finds himself as a servant in the house of an Egyptian official named Potiphar. As Joseph begins to work in the household of Potiphar, the Egyptian notices the wisdom and presence of God that Joseph contains and he places Joseph as overseer of his household. However, Joseph finds himself moving once again from mountaintop to valley as Potiphar’s wife attempts to seduce Joseph. When Joseph refuses, Potiphar’s wife accuses him of assault and Joseph finds himself in prison.

Now, let’s stop there for a moment because the application to our lives is so important at this point. See, we often find ourselves going through life serving God and thinking that everything should be fantastic. Today’s prosperity gospel tells us that, if we are right with God, then all is well and no illness, financial hardship, or conflict will come our way! However, just as Joseph did, we run into a wall in which life takes a turn for the worst due to circumstances beyond our control. We find ourselves in a physical and emotional “prison” and we don’t understand why God allowed us to get there. This is where we so badly need to see the providence of God at work in the life of Joseph. Let’s continue…

While Joseph is in prison, he meets two Egyptians that once worked for Pharaoh, King of Egypt as chief cupbearer and chief baker. While in prison, the two men have dreams that they can’t understand that rattle them to the core. In a God-ordained moment, God uses Joseph to interpret the dreams of the two men which subsequently come true. In payment for his interpretation, Joseph asks the men to remember him when they return to the house of Pharaoh. Of course, the men promise and the chief cupbearer returns to Pharaoh but forgets Joseph. However, before long, Pharaoh has a dream of his own. Pharaoh calls his magicians in but no one can interpret the dream. In this moment, the chief cupbearer remembers Joseph and tells Pharaoh of Joseph’s interpretive ability. God once again uses Joseph, interprets the dream to Pharaoh, and reveals the reality of a famine that is coming to the land of Egypt. Now, this is where it gets really good! Joseph, the former slave and prisoner, is placed second only to Pharaoh as administrator over Egypt and oversees preparation for the famine. He begins to stockpile grain and prepare for the rough years of famine ahead. At the same time, Joseph’s brothers and father are going through the pain of the famine and decide to make a trip to Egypt for food. Upon arriving, in a moment of uncanny irony and providence, the brothers have an encounter with Joseph. As they arrive in the sight of Joseph, they bow down before him and in a moment, fulfill the dreams that Joseph had as young man. Joseph is moved to tears at the sight of his brothers, yet he hides his identity. Over the next few days, Joseph places his brothers under a test. This wasn’t a test to punish them or to get revenge, but it was a test to determine the condition of their hearts. The brothers pass the test by showing their genuine love and concern for their youngest brother Benjamin by being willing to take his place in lifetime service to Joseph. As Joseph is moved by this act, he reveals his identity to his brothers. Understandably, his brothers are overwhelmed by one emotion: Fear! Fear of revenge because anyone that had been through what Joseph had been through would rightfully want revenge, wouldn’t they? After the life he had lived and suffered through, there would be nothing wrong with getting even, right? In every way, wrong!

See, when things take bad turns in life and our situations become painful and difficult, it is often the case that bitterness toward God and others sets in. However, this wasn’t the case with Joseph. In fact, this is what Joseph says to his brothers in Genesis 50:19-21 ESV, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear, I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. What powerful words those are that we truly need to hear! Whenever we go through rough times in life, instead of questioning God and accusing God of wronging us, we need to speak to ourselves and say, “Am I in the place of God?” The fact is, we are in no position to be able to know the entire mind of God and His plans for our tomorrow. What looks like an insurmountable valley to us may be a necessary place in our lives that God uses to prove His sovereignty in our lives. Joseph knew that, even though there were serious valleys in his life, God’s providence never fails. He knew that God would use every good AND bad situation to bring about a perfect plan. The perfect plan resulted in, not only Joseph’s well-being, but in the well-being of the entire Hebrew people! The same God of providence is alive and well and is working in your life today in the good AND the bad. Instead of being overwhelmed by bitterness or anger towards God, respond by realizing that He knows what He is doing. Remember, Romans 8:28 ESV says, “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Whether you are on the mountaintop or in the valley, He IS the God of providence!


Cultural Impact: Beauty and the Beast

g_beautyandthebeast2017_08_78bde778If you have a young daughter at home, then you have probably been asked, “Can I go see Beauty and the Beast?” I know that my 8-year-old daughter has been asking my wife and I this question since the day that she discovered Disney was sending this childhood movie remake to theatres! Starring such huge names as Emma Watson, Ian McKellen, and Ewan McGregor, Beauty and the Beast is scheduled to come out in theatres on March 17th. The movie is set to be a Box Office hit and will undoubtedly have numbers of parents standing in line with their daughters. However, my wife and I will not be parents standing in that line. Why, you ask? Is it because we are trying to deprive our little girl from the joys of childhood? Are we just simply anti-Disney? The answer to both of those questions is NO! So, what is the big deal?

On Wednesday, March 1st, 2017,  Elahe Izadi of The Washington Post wrote an article entitled, “Beauty and the Beast to Have Disney’s First-Ever Exclusively Gay Moment” (Izadi, 2017). Yes, you read that right! As if our children have not been confused by our sex-crazed culture enough, Disney has decided to take the long-anticipated opportunity to create its first openly gay scene in one of the most anticipated children’s movies of the year. According to Izadi, the scene involves one of the movie’s openly gay characters named LeFou and another male character name Gaston as LeFou begins to discover that he has “feelings” for Gaston that go beyond friendship. The director of the movie, Bill Condon, states, “LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston…. He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie” (Izadi, 2017). With that simple statement, Mr. Condon treats the scene as a “nice and delicious” moment that should be anticipated with excitement by all. It should be a moment that gives us all hope and promise, right? The problem is, through incorporating this character and scene into The Beauty and the Beast, Disney has not brought hope or promise at all. Instead, Disney has shown to us the depraved spiritual and sexual condition of a culture that has turned away from the God in whose image we are made. This is the same condition that the Apostle Paul described in Romans 1:26 when he wrote, “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were confused with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.”

This will not be “politically correct”, but Scripture is clear in its condemnation of the practice of homosexuality. Paul clearly said that homosexuality is dishonorable and contrary to nature. Not only in Romans, but 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:10 are additional examples. Now, I do want to address this very important point that we as Christians so often get wrong: Homosexuality is sin just as lust is sin and just as greed is sin. We so often put homosexuality in a category all its own and we act as if those that struggle with it are irreparably condemned. This is not the case! God is more than willing to forgive all sin when we come to him in true repentance (1 John 1:9). We are to love those that struggle with homosexuality as we would love anyone else with struggles of the flesh and we are to lead them to repentance. At the same time, saying that homosexuality is an innate form of love that should be accepted by all is completely against the Truth of Scripture. But that is where we are in our world today. We live in an era in which the lines are so blurred that everything we believe is relative and there really is no moral truth. That is why it is so vital that we as Christians take a stand and say, “I will not be forced to accept what I know is against Scripture!” Be prepared! We will be called intolerant, judgmental, intellectually primitive, and more. But didn’t Jesus say in Matthew 5:11-12, “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” When we stand up for the Truth, we are going to be ridiculed and rejected but that should not detour us. If we don’t teach our children to take a stance that aligns with Scripture, then we will find them taking a stance that aligns with the world.

Works Cited

Izadi, Elahe. “Beauty and the Beast to Have Disney’s First-Ever Exclusively Gay Moment”. (1 March 2017) The Washington Post. Web. Accessed on 6 March 2017. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2017/03/01/beauty-and-the-beast-to-have-disneys-first-ever-exclusively-gay-moment/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.df6b0d13060a


Should I Worry?

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Have you ever found yourself lying in bed, watching the hours roll by because you are overwhelmed with worry? Then, you wake up the next morning, exhausted, and the worry game starts all over again. The American Psychological Association survey states that the top three stressors in our lives are finances, work, and family responsibilities respectively (APA, 2017). Many of us are living testaments to the truth of this survey. It was once said that ulcers are not caused so much by what you eat but by what is eating you! The question that we as Christians need to be asking ourselves is: Should I worry?

Jesus said in Matthew 6:25-26 ESV, “Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” These words are some of the clearest of any words throughout Scripture on the topic of worry. What was Jesus saying? First, we need to understand what Jesus was not saying. Jesus was not saying that we can go through our lives without planning. Second, despite what many prosperity preachers say today, Jesus was not saying that if we trust God enough our lives will be problem free. The hard lives of so many faithful men and women in Scripture put a huge hole in prosperity gospel theology. So, again, what was Jesus saying?

Jesus was telling us in these verses that before we waste the hours of our lives with worry, we need to understand the power of His provision. We need to understand as children of God that He is more than willing and able to provide the necessities of our lives. The comparison that Jesus makes between you and the birds and the lilies of the field could not be more of an exaggerated comparison. The reason Jesus did this was to show that, if He cares and provides for something so insignificant as the lilies of the field, then we can be assured that He will care for us. See, the birds and the lilies are here today and gone tomorrow. Yet, they are provided for by God’s hand. You and I have so much more than the birds and the lilies could ever have. God has given us supreme dominion in His creation, the promise of everlasting life, the status of adopted sons and daughters, and the reality of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If we have been given so much more, will we not be provided for? In Matthew 6:31 and 33, Jesus makes the most important statement of all, “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’….But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

This is the central message: We are to plan, work hard, and be good stewards of what God has given to us. We are to refuse to waste away our lives worrying about what tomorrow might hold. We are to refuse to live materialistic lives in which our desires are always for more. Instead, we are to focus our eyes upon the salvation of the Lord and realize that He is our Provider. He is the perfect Father that never fails to care for His own. Take your focus off your worries, and focus your eyes upon the salvation of God.

 

Works Cited

“2015 Stress in America” (2017) American Psychological Association. Web. Retrieved 27 Feb 2017 from http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2015/snapshot.aspx


Do We All Worship the Same God?

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Do Muslims, Orthodox Jews, Christians, and believers of other faiths worship the same God? This is a question that is commonly raised today in several circles across the U.S. Recently, Professor Lyrica Hawkins chose to wear a hijab during the Catholic Advent season to show that Christians stand in solidarity with Muslims. (Gjelten, 2015) She quoted Pope Francis in saying that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Is this true? Do we all just have different ways of worshipping the same God?

It must be made clear that there is NO place in our world today for Christians, or people of any faith, to express hatred or any form of degradation to people of other faiths. We must remember, our goal as Christians is to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20 ESV) This mission is not accomplished through hate or force, but is accomplished through prayer and the Word and the love of Christ. With that being said, it is without hesitation that I say that we as Christians do not worship the same God as Muslims, Orthodox Jews, Hindus, and people of other faiths. Briefly, I will seek to explain why.

First, to say that Christians worship the same God would be to say that two distinctly different individuals could be the same person. Even though I may have similar characteristics as another individual, that does not, in fact, make me that person. The same could be said for the God of the Bible. The God that we serve as Christians is very clearly defined and characterized in the Old and New Testaments of the Christian Bible. Religions such as Islam, Mormonism, and Jehovah’s Witnesses have foundations that are based upon taking the Christian Scriptures and “correcting” them according to the words of their founding prophets. For example, the prophet Muhammed received the “correct” truth from Allah that men should follow. This corrected many of the “mistakes” that the Christian Bible had made. In the same fashion, Mormons claim that their founding prophet Joseph Smith received the “correct truth” in the 1820’s that men should follow. This corrected the “corrupt” nature of the Christian Bible. The fact is, in making these “corrections”, religions have taken the Bible and have replaced God’s Truth with man’s wisdom. 2 Timothy 3:16 in the ESV Bible says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God”. This means that, for a Christian, the Bible is correct, not because man wrote it, but because the Holy Spirit wrote it through man. The Holy Spirit has ensured that the Scriptures have been maintained and passed down in a form that is correct and holds its original Truth. As a result, when man claims to have “corrected” the Bible, he is claiming to be able to “correct” the Holy Spirit of God.

Second, one of the major differences that exist between Christianity and other religions is in relation to Jesus Christ. According to John 1:1 in the ESV, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Also, John 1:14 ESV states, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” What does this mean? This means that Christians believe that Jesus Christ is God and no less. He is equal to God, is the Son of God, and is God along with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Other faiths, such as Muslims and Jehovah’s Witnesses, believe that Jesus Christ is not God but is a good man or a prophet. For example, the Quran in surah 5.75 states, “The Messiah, son of Marium (Mary) is but an apostle; apostles before him have indeed passed away.” As a result, we simply cannot worship the same God, because the God that we worship is Jesus Christ who is the God of our salvation.

Third, and I believe most importantly, the God that Christians serve is not a God of works but is a God of grace. In fact, Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV states, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” This is a primary difference between Christianity and other faiths and that is that other faiths believe that it is necessary to work your way to salvation. For example, the Quran teaches that salvation is based on purification by good deeds (Quran 7:6-9). Also, the LDS (Mormon) Articles of Faith state, “We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel (Pearl of Great Price: Articles of Faith). This is completely against what the Apostle Paul and others fought for in the Scriptures regarding what salvation really means. The fact is, we cannot save ourselves by our good works. We can only be saved by God’s amazing grace.

In conclusion, while other religions may have elements that may resemble the God that we serve as Christians, their god is not our God. There is only One, True, God, and He is the God of the Bible. God stated in Exodus 20:3 ESV, “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.” Unless we worship God as He truly is, then we are not truly worshipping God.

 

Works Cited

Gjelten, Tom. (20 Dec 2015) Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?. NPR. Accessed     on 21 Feb 2017. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/2015/12/20/460480698/do-christians-and-muslims-worship-the-same-god


The Trinity: Not Just for Theologians!

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One thing that we as Christians have the tendency to do is focus on the practical aspects of Christianity and leave the doctrinal matters to the theologians. There is a feeling as if those deeper things are intended to keep pastors in business. However, Jesus prayed in John 17:3, “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” The Greek word γινώσκω used for know in this passage implies more than just an acquaintance but instead implies a deep understanding and perception of God. As Christians, we are called to grow in our understanding of who God truly is. The reality is, no Christian can ever possess the ability to truly apply the Christian faith to his/her life without right doctrine. This can be seen vividly in the doctrine of the Trinity. To begin, the following question must be addressed:

How do we know that the Trinity exists?

The Scriptures, in both the Old Testament and New Testament, are full of examples of a Triune God. First, going back to the Old Testament, Genesis 1:1 used the Hebrew word Elohim for God. This word actually implies plurality as if to hint at the Trinity. Another example is found in Genesis 1:26 when God said, “Let us make man in our image.” Take the application of Elohim as you will, but this is a very clear indication of the existence of the Trinity. Later on in the New Testament in Isaiah 6:8, God ask Isaiah, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” While not as strong of an example as Genesis 1:26, this undoubtedly implies the Trinity. Moving on to the New Testament, the presence of the Trinity at the baptism of Jesus in Matthew 3:13-17 is a prime example. Also, and probably the most concrete example, the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19 says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. The Scriptures are saturated with the evidence of a Triune God. Now, a second and very important question must be asked:

Why does the Trinity matter to you?

            The Trinity matters to each and every Christian for a number of incredibly important reasons. First, the knowledge of the Trinity leads us to walk in humility. It is often our tendency to believe that God created us because He needs us. However, God has everything He needs in the relationship between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To say that God created us because He needs us would be to make human beings God’s savior. However, we must realize that God is OUR Savior. Second, the knowledge of the Trinity helps each and every Christian to worship Him in Spirit and Truth. We can never truly worship the Holy and Living God if we are worshipping Him in the image we have made. We must worship Him in the light of who He truly is. There is great liberty in coming to this place of worship. There is great discovery involved in this kind of worship. Third, the knowledge of the roles of the Trinity helps us to pray rightly. There is great confidence in realizing that when we pray we are praying to the Father through the Son with the help of the Holy Spirit. Seeing all three persons of the Trinity involved in our prayer lives is a beautiful reality. Lastly, seeing the Trinity helps us to understand that God is love because we see the love that exist between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To see the love of the Son for the Father while on this earth is a prime example to us in growing in our own love for God. To see the love that exist between all three members is a testament to the love that is to exist in our own relationships with each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.

Understanding the Trinity is undoubtedly vital to our spiritual growth. The fact is, the more we understand who God is and how He works, the more we grow to love Him and worship Him. So, NEVER say to yourself that right doctrine is simply for the theologians and pastors. Instead, crave a deeper understanding of our Almighty God.