There’s a lot of talk today about “organic” stuff. Go to Kroger’s and you’ll see and entire section devoted to organic foods. There’s organic Cheerios, organic fruits, organic chicken fingers, organic juice, and the list goes on for miles. So what’s “organic” anyway?
“Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones” (www.organic.org).
Organic means there’s no additives—there’s nothing there that’s not supposed to be. When I look at it that way, then I really can apply this to the church. So often, the religious climate in America, as well as all over the globe like to “add” things to Christ’s message. We add this element, or that, saying it will “improve” the formula. Now I’m all for changing traditions that hinder the church from truly connecting with the world, but I’m against changing the things that God never intended to be changed (ak.a. doctrine). We have, as Max Lucado calls it “Jesus Plus” meaning, I take Jesus plus only my translation of the Bible, or I need Jesus to save me plus all my good deed and church attendance. I do things the way Jesus does it plus my twist on it. This is where we often run into problems.
Deuteronomy 4:2 warns us: “Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.”
So God doesn’t allow room for addition or subtraction to what He’s said. SO we can take this whole organic concept and actually use it to help us get back to organic or natural Christianity. Christianity the way it is supposed to be—not based on theories, theologies, opinions, or traditions. What if the church truly returned to the ways of the New Testament? What if we lived out the Acts 2: 41-47? I truly believe the world, once again, would be turned on it’s head. Churches all over the country are doing this today and God is “adding to their numbers daily those being saved.” We would do well to ask those congregations exactly what they are doing to reach the world and apply it here in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Can we truly say We come from all kinds of different church and world backgrounds? Can we truly say we’re just Christians? Can we say there’s no fluff, no additives, no opinions – just Jesus, and that we have come together to take hold of that faith that the pages of the New Testament prescribe? Are we being “organic Christians” or are we full of killer pesticides, bogus growth boosters, and sludge? What if we got rid of all that garbage and just lived the Bible—stop speculating on it and really live it? I believe that is where God will work most. So how will you get there? Just something to think about.