How Being a Christian is Like an Alternate Reality
Recently, NGD and I have been watching Fringe. We have a soft spot for great Sci Fi TV shows (Doctor Who is still #1!). One of the main ideas of the show (Spoilers if, like us, you haven’t watched this show in the last 2 years since it was canceled), was the premise of an alternate universe. It was concurrent with ours with some minor and major changes, like zeppelins (because all sci fi alternate realities have zeppelins), a higher rate of scientific discovery, and Eric Stolz as Marty McFly. At first, I didn’t really like this story (and I still have a few reservations).
We’ve also begun a new church. This past Wednesday night, we had an introductory lesson from our pastor. In it, he gave a mission statement stating that our purpose was for the edification of the church to learn to think Biblically. He spent a great deal of time teaching about the need to learn to think biblically and putting off the old man while putting on the new (Eph. 4:22-24).
As I began to think on this, thinking biblically and putting off the old man and putting on the new, it occurred to me that being a Christian is kind of like living in an alternate reality. As we move through this world as Christians, we should view everything through the lens of Jesus and His word. Everything is still the same, but it’s different, too. We’re the same, but we’re also different.
It’s true that at the time of salvation, we are changed, an inward change, and that we are sealed. However, we continue that process of sanctification and learning to think biblically as we continue to mature as Christians. We continue to grow into this alternate, or contrary, world of becoming Christ-like. We begin to see the upside down Kingdom that Jesus himself established during His time on earth.
Sometimes, it may seem like we are the only ones that are living or behaving this way. Sometimes, it feels like we are so far out of sync with the world in which we live that we really are in an alternate universe. This is one of the many reasons that having a community of believers is so important.
We also need to remember that we’re never alone. And that our sanctified selves and the alternate reality in which we live, that is what is true. That is what is right. This earthly place in which we live isn’t our home. It isn’t where we are to be comfortable. Just as the earlier passage from Ephesians said, “and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,” (Eph. 4:23), we have to think on Romans 12:2: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
We have to renew our minds and continue in sanctification and thinking biblically. That is where we will gain the needed perspective to see what is true and what is of this world.