What Color is Your Smoke Screen?
I have been reading the Long Journey Home by Os Guiness. The book is a seeker’s road map to the quest for meaning. Guiness, a Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum in McLean, Virginia explores the great philosophies of life in a personal and profound way.
He asks his readers five thought-provoking questions that are both convicting and exposing.
- Do you instantly dismiss a faith that you’ve never examined?
- Are your attitudes toward faith colored by history or your experiences?
- Where are your attitudes purely personal?
- Where are they inherited?
- Where are they merely a smoke screen?
These questions are as old as the Hebrew Scriptures. People are created with a longing for truth, but we suppress it. Instead of searching for it, we bury it. Instead of seeking it, we ignore it. Even when it’s staring us in the face we walk in the opposite direction.
Can you find yourself in one of these questions?
If your answer is yes, then you’re admitting to being a sinner. That’s what sinners do. We suppress our knowledge of God.
“For His invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
And why do we do this? It’s because we have no capacity to embrace the living God on our own. We forfeited our right in the days of our ancestors, Adam and Eve. They threw over their relationship with God in the Garden and so we, as their descendants, are born with a bent in the same direction.
“The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.” – Psalm 14:2-3
So we’re quick to dismiss an unexamined faith, we allow history and our own prejudices to color the truth, we believe our relatives when they tell us to ignore Yeshua (Jesus). We’ve inherited an irrational attitude that reasons Jesus is not for us.
But with some of us, we can’t dismiss the gentle voice deep within that says Jesus really is who he claims to be, but we hide the evidence in our own hearts under a cover of darkness.
So what do we do about it? Do we go the way our relatives have for years? Do we bury our thoughts and ignore the promptings of our hearts? Do we keep that smoke screen going? Or do we take up the challenge and explore Jesus who claimed to be the promised Messiah?