In my opinion one of the most dangerous lines of thinking that’s taken hold of the Church these days is man-centered theology. It is strange to me that one of the most terrible forms of heresy is so wide-spread and unnoticed. It seems so many Christians have lost the main point of everything.
So often it is a very subtle difference, and I think more often than not it is unintentional, yet self-centered thinking has become disasterously prevailant. Somewhere along the line we’ve lost focus on the heart of Christianity, which is Christ, and replaced it with man’s salvation, social justice, etc.
Don’t get me wrong, salvation for mankind, social justice, and whatever else, are great things, and all have their place in Christianity, but they are not the focus. We have gotten so caught up on our needs, our actions, our lives, we’ve forgotten the point. Far too often meeting with the Church has become a place to get together with friends, sing some fun songs, and listen to a motivational speaker, instead of a gathering of people coming together to worship the almighty God.
I’ve noticed this trend in Christian music. Listen to some of the songs that we call ‘worship songs’ and I think you’ll see what I mean. So often they say things like: ‘I’m coming your way,’ ‘I’m running back to you,’ ‘I am free,’ and ‘I need you Jesus.’ Notice how it’s all ‘I,’ ‘I,’ ‘I,’ instead of ‘You,’ ‘You,’ ‘You.’ Some of these songs are great and do speak truth, but they are not worship. Saying: ‘I need you, Jesus” is very true and good, but it is not worship. Saying: “Jesus, You amaze me. You are holy. You are worthy,” that is worship.
I think the tendency is to treat Christianity like a self-help guide to get one’s life straight. That is not how it should be. The Gospel is not about how man valiantly quested to find God and restore the broken relationship and so save himself from hell. The Gospel is that God sought man, and chose to redeem him and rescue him, when man was nothing but vile, disgusting, filth. God did this not because man was worth redeeming, but for His name’s sake. It is the popular idea to think that we were the ones that initiated our own salvation, that we sought out God, but that is not the Gospel.
I tell you, God is more than a fire escape, more than a vending machine for miracles, more than just an addition to your life. God is not content to be a part of your life. He demands to be your Life. So often we try to bend Christianity to fit our own ways of thinking and our own lifestyles. But that is not how it works. If indeed Christianity is real, if Jesus is indeed Who He claims to be, than it is no use trying to fit Him into your life. As Jesus said: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” He is everything.