Biblical Perspectives Begin at the Cross
Any perspective that is going to be biblical must start at the cross. You cannot say you have developed a biblical outlook on something if the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ has not played a part in shaping your perspective. It is here that all the great themes of the Bible converge to give us the greatest theme of all – the glory of God. This is the place where we see the heart of God put on display for the whole world to see. How then, can we build a biblical perspective of anything if we don’t take it into account?
When I think of starting at the cross I think of Philippians 2:5-8,
“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in apperance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
If an approach to the different situations we face in life throws humility out the window, then it is not biblical. If you do not have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ, then your attitude is not in line with God’s. It’s interesting that Paul adds the comment, even death on a cross, because in his day and age to die on a cross at the hands of the Romans was the most despicable, degrading and humiliating way for a person to be executed.
Paul tells us that He who existed in the form of God, did not consider His equality with God as something to hold onto, but emptied Himself, took the form of a slave (that’s what bond-servant means here), became a man, and was so obedient that he willingly died the most despicable, degrading and humiliating death a person of that time could die. This kind of humility and humbleness of heart should be the starting point of all our perspectives. If we want to learn to see the world through the eyes of God, instead of our own eyes, then we must learn to approach the world with a humble heart.
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