Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Would I Know Enough To Know You?

In the late eighties and early nineties, Wayne Watson was a staple of CCM music. He never really did much outside of strictly “Evangelical Ghetto” circles, but that was due to the fact that his style is completely churchy and that in an eighties way. In spite of that, he had some good songs with special messages worth considering.

One such song was “Would I Know You” off of his “Watercolour Ponies” record. It is a reflective song addressing the opening question: “Would I know You now, if You walked into the room?” It is a valid question, and the answer for most Christians today would have to be maybe at best, or more probably, not.

Why is it we all have the same mental image of the physical Jesus? Some not only just point out that irony, but try to draw attention to it by framing Jesus completely out of the typecast white guy with a beard. A better occupation would be to get completely away from the physical appearance of Jesus and address His person.

In the late eighteen hundreds, Charles Sheldon started the Social Gospel movement and penned the novel “In His Steps.” It built an ethos around the question: “What would Jesus do?” That is the more important way that most Christians would not recognize Jesus today. Instead of seeking to live by the mantra: “What did Jesus Do?” we have changed from a desire to study God’s Word and live by it to an attempt to imagine what Jesus would do in present circumstances.

The question in the end is: do you follow the Jesus of Scripture or the Jesus of your own sensibilities and, would you know either one of them if they walked in the room?

1 comment:

  1. Very good.Of course,the more important question may be, "Would He know me?". And, according to John 10, Jesus said we would know Him by hearing Him talk to us, not by seeing Him.


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