You do not need to be reminded that you forget a lot of stuff. Quick, recite the Pythagorean Theorem that you memorized in geometry class.
Thanks to Great Grandpa Adam, you and I suffer from the effects of the fall, and one of the most notable areas is our brains. Our logic is lousy, our thinking is busted and our memories constantly short circuit.
Knowing that you and I can easily forget basic teachings, we need to be hyper-vigilant that we do not develop a case of Gospel Amnesia.
The Gospel can be defined in just two sentences:
1. We are very bad sinners who hate God.
2. Jesus is a very great Savior who saves rebels.
When we have Gospel Amnesia, we are forgetting one of those two simple definitions. Here are seven statements that we make which demonstrate that we are forgetting the first message of the Gospel.
1. I can’t believe you did that.
What is the first message of the Gospel? We are wicked sinners (even as Christians we can sin). So why are we ever shocked that another human being sins? When we remember the first message of the Gospel, we will never say, “I can’t believe you did that.”
2 . What is the matter with you?
The answer to that question is simple: we are sinners. What is the matter with us when we ask that question? We are forgetting the first message of the Gospel.
3 . How many times do I have to tell you?
What we are really saying is, “I can’t believe that you are sinning again.” The first message of the Gospel should clear up that confusion.
4. Kids these days.
This oft repeated utterance fails to remember message number one: we were just as bad a sinner as any rug-rat at Chuck-E-Cheeses.
5. When I was your age…
What we mean to say is, “When I was your age, I didn’t sin nearly as much as you do.” Once again, we forget the first message of the Gospel.
6. I’m disgusted with you.
Ooops, you just forgot the first (and second) message of the Gospel; you and I are just as disgusting as anyone.
7. How dare you?
These words fly out of our mouths before we can remember the first message of the Gospel that reminds me I have no right to be offended.
We so easily fit Luther’s description of the drunken man who falls off one side of the horse, only to climb back on and fall off the other side. If we are to keep our balance and never fall into the ditch of licentiousness or the ditch of despair, we must remember the two messages of the Gospel.
The next article will deal with the statements we make that indicate we are forgetting the second message of the Gospel.
Please feel free to comment, but please do not suggest that I am stating parents do not have authority over their children as that is not the message of this article.