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Kruptikos: That Which Is Plain

The Kruptikos

“M ZEHS’F QJVNTAF NO MS E JXIMTMVNH ZED, QNF M QXIMXLX FAXJX’H HVUXFAMST VNF FAXJX FAEF IVVWH EKFXJ DVN. CELMC QXGWAEU”

“I WASN’T BROUGHT UP IN A RELIGIOUS WAY, BUT I BELIEVE THERE’S SOMETHING OUT THERE THAT LOOKS AFTER YOU.” DAVID BECKHAM

 

When I first read this quote from David Beckham, my thoughts went to how easy it is to be self-centered in everything. Even when something within us knows there is a God, we turn Him into someone who “looks after me”… a kind of “Genie-With-a-Beard” or a “Mommy-Divine”.

But as I pondered it further, I realized that there are many people in our culture who are no longer raised in a “religious way”. Yet, despite this, they still have that inward voice that knows the material world is not all there is. This is quite remarkable given that our culture is inundated with a science paradigm rooted deeply in naturalism, in which no evidence, no matter how strong, can ever point to anything outside of the natural box. And since academia, media, entertainment and the state are now also wedded to the same worldview philosophy, it is a testimony to the truth of Scripture that man still “knows” there is a God. Paul writes that it is “plain” to all men because God has “made it plain” to them through what He has made.

This is why David Beckham “knows” there is “something out there”.

But just “knowing” there is a God sits an infinite distance from “knowing Him”.

This is what Paul ran into while in Athens. They had lots of gods, but they had made an altar to one they labeled as “unknown”. This is where David Beckham is and millions of others in our culture. They know there is a God (though they may not admit it) but He is unknown to them.

And just as Paul took the time to get engaged with the Athenians so he might reveal to them this unknown God, so we, too, have a culture before us who knows but doesn’t.

We must build relationships with the David Beckhams around us and begin the delightful process of telling and showing them who the true God is.

 

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  • Bruce Montague

    Bruce Montague

    Romans 1: 19-20 comes immediately to mind on this one. "19For what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from His workmanship, so that men are without excuse." Yours in Christ, Bruce.
  • Thinus Meyer

    Thinus Meyer

    This sentence caught my eye - “knowing” there is a God sits an infinite distance from “knowing Him” I can only respond with an Amen! Jeremiah 9:24 "let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me..."
  • Mary Lewis

    Mary Lewis

    I was not raised in a religious way. As a matter of fact discussing religion was a taboo in our family. When I was six, the family was driving home in our old '29 Chevy and Papa was going down what I perceived as a long steep hill and I was frightened, so I quietly prayed to God. My brother made fun of me and told Mama and Papa I was praying then laughed. But that didn't stop me from wanting to know more about God. I revisited that dangerous hill thirty years later; it was no more than a bump in the road. When I was forty, I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior and have been learning about our Father and his Son ever since. In a few days I will be eighty and so very thankful for all Father and Son have done in my life to bring me this far and to Truth Encounter.