Have you ever thought about what the crux of Christianity is?
I remember hearing once that brokenness was the crux of Christianity.
According to a popular author and speaker in fundamentalism,
brokenness is the shattering of my self-will so that the life, the Spirit, the fragrance, the life of Jesus may be released through me. Brokenness is a lifestyle of responding in humility and obedience to the conviction of God’s Spirit and the conviction of His Word. As His conviction is continuous, so my brokenness must be continual.
She also says:
Brokenness is rather a continuous, ongoing lifestyle. It’s a lifestyle of agreeing with God about the true condition of my heart and my life as He alone can see it.It’s a lifestyle of unconditional, absolute surrender of my will to God. Even as the horse that has been broken is surrendered and sensitive to the direction and the wishes of its rider. It’s a lifestyle of saying, “Yes, Lord. Not my will but Yours be done.”
Now that sounds good, this letting God work in our lives. It kinda sounds like listening to the Holy Spirit.
I can see how to a fundamentalist, this line of thinking makes sense, how it would seem to be a vital part of Christianity. After all, to them, revival can’t come unless you’re “broken.” Relationships aren’t mended unless both parties are “broken.” God can’t change us unless we’re “broken.”
I don’t know about you, but that sounds to me to be a wrong view of God. God does not “break our wills;” He leads us, shapes us, takes us where we are. At least, that is how I view my God.
Additionally, according to this author’s definition, “brokenness is not a feeling. It is not an emotion. It is a choice that I make. It is an act of my will.“
Is that what Christianity is about? An act of our will? Far from it. Scripture is clear when it comes to describing our spiritual condition and desire for God, or lack thereof. “When we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,” Paul writes in Romans 5:8. Even after we are saved, our new nature wrestles against our old nature. Why? Because His Holy Spirit is within us, and it’s God who helps us fight against our old nature.
So then, brokenness is not the crux of Christianity, but Christ is.
HE died for us. HE saved us. HE helps us every day make right choices. We are simply the recipients of His grace.
Just as our relationship with God is not about us, so Christmas is not about us. It’s about Christ.
It’s easy to get caught up in the festivities and traditions and forget what it is we’re really supposed to be celebrating, rhe Incarnation of Christ. That God became flesh and dwelt among us. That God so loved us that He sent His Son, His only Son to take on our skin for the rest of eternity and die for us,
This Christmas, let’s not forget Christ. After all, it’s His birthday we’re celebrating.