When the Foundation Ceases to be CuteOctober 20, 2015 at 3:31 pm | Posted in Hebrews | 3 Comments
Tags: babies, Bible fundamentals, Christian basics, Christian maturity, commentary on Hebrews, fundamentalism, Hebrews 6, Sunday School lessons on Hebrews
Most people, for the most part, claim to love babies. For some people, this is a basic emotional response. My wife and daughters, upon seeing a baby, will often say, “That baby is SOOOOOOOOO cute!” When I hear this, I take a look and see that the baby in question has one ear that is bigger than the other. He is screaming like a banshee. His diaper is leaking down one leg and onto his pacifier. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful he’s healthy and full of life and he’s a wonderful little fellow, God’s creation, created in God’s own image. But is he cute? My wife certainly thinks so, and when I ask her why, she says, “But he’s so little.” Apparently, for most women and girls, little things = cute – except for when it’s a “giant” spider.
Babies are generally considered adorable, even when their behavior is somewhat annoying or inconvenient. Babies wearing diapers are cute, but an eight year old wearing a diaper – not so much. Babies sitting in high chairs are cute, but finding a high school student sitting in a high chair would not be so cute. Similarly, a 47 year old living with his mother who can’t balance a checkbook, doesn’t know how to go grocery shopping, and sometimes calls late at night to say, “Mom, come bail me out of jail,” has zero cute factor.
The same principle applies to our spiritual lives.
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
New believers are still cute when they are still questioning some of the fundamentals of Christianity: how we were saved, why we’re supposed to be baptized, etc. When I coached tee-ball, we started with the fundamentals. It’s sort of cute when a four year old hits the ball and takes off running for third. It’s not cute at all when a when a ten year old does it.
Hebrews Chapter 6 starts off with six things you need to get straight, as a Christian, so you can start moving toward maturity:
(Both of these deal with our relationship to God.)
4. Laying on of hands (This deals with our relationship to each other.)
5. The resurrection of the dead
6. The final judgment (This deals with our relationship to the future.)