Apples, Oranges, Self-Awareness and Reflection

Posted: November 2, 2015 in Blog, Pastor's Corner
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Can apples be called oranges? Seriously, can apples be called oranges, and still maintain all the traits of apples, while remaining respectable at the fruit market? Can reality be categorized along with perceived reality? Without mutual exclusivity? Is it possible to maintain and separate an ideal from what truly scully-leather-western-cowboy-shirts-exists? The sharp end of the stick is jabbing at the all too common issue of gladly accepting a label, with reality standing in stark contrast to the label. It’s much like a man dressing up as a cowboy everyday, insi
sting that being a cowboy is a state of mind, calling himself a cowboy, acting like a cowboy at the water cooler, but then having nothing else truly cowboy about his life. Putting a pearl button up shirt on doesn’t make a cowboy.


A more ridiculous example, if that’s possible, would be a person insisting that they are an astronaut, even though they’ve never been to outer-space, let alone on an airplane. Oddly enough humanity, in increasing measure among western cultures, has a tendency to maintain perceived existence apart from reality; as if living a lie is somehow better—effectively bifurcating individual existence into actual, and perceived. Men call themselves women, girls call themselves boys, and public restrooms are the grounds of segregation or discrimination. When we read these thing in the news we see the obvious, potentially maddening, and highly confusing reality of calling apples, oranges.

Arguments like this might bring to mind these current cultural issues, and even lead to great consternation, but do little for us regarding self-reflection. The tendency is to collectively shake our heads in unified disapproval at the reasonable-logical-moral inconsistency of it all. But this isn’t what we are called to do. The Scriptures call us to do a little looking in the mirror, (Matthew 7:2-5).

While glancing in the mirror to find the log, it should be evident that we are children of our culture. No matter how much we try to get away from it, we reek of the stale odor of ‘Merican-consumer-driven-Evangelical-mores. From the music we sing, to the set up or our buildings, the clothing we wear, or refuse to wear, and the arguments/conversations that are constant and common amongst the ranks. I’m not saying that it is all bad, but sometimes we need to empty the dirty bath water and hold tight to that baby.

As cultural offspring, it is possible for the church to call apples, oranges in subtle ways, and right inline with culture’s influence. That is, confessing Christians can become blind to, and at ease with glaring inconsistencies in their lives. However, genuine Christians will come under conviction of such errors, under the power of the Spirit and the Word of God. Jesus Christ and his gospel transforms culture as he renews hearts and minds. Men and women, in Christ, work out their salvation with fear and trembling. Pray that God would grant his church a self-awareness to see the water in which we swim, not accepting the status quo of nominal Christian existence, where apples are called oranges, and a pearl button up makes a cowboy. Self-awareness is a gift from above.

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” Psalm 139:23–24

  1. william h leuthardt says:

    pearl-zatly what I say good buddy heard the same, sunday morning in are prayer group pastor calling on us to quit nominal Christianity and then heard a sermon on Psa 51 on true repentance and cleansing and then Psa 139 on asking God to search us. Check out 21 misunberstanding of Calvinism by pastor Sam Waldron (my former pastor at Owensboro ky) at covnant Baptist theological seminary. love you all bill

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