Preeminence Applied

Cause and Effect

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, logic may be defined as “a science that deals with the principles and criteria of validity of inference and demonstration: the science of the formal principles of reasoning.” When we look at the rules of logic, we can find an assortment of logical fallacies, or violation of these principles of reasoning, particularly when we start trying to determine causality and effect. Was this particular event or situation caused by another, or did it simply coincide with it? Was the cause for this particular state of being a simple cause, or a much more complex set of circumstances? The list goes on.

 For our purposes, understanding Scripture often places us in a position to determine whether a situation is caused by something, or simply correlated. Sometimes this is fairly straightforward, as we will see this week in Colossians 1:22, where Paul tells us exactly what the purpose is of Christ reconciling us to Himself. Other times, we must wrestle with a text and the context of Scripture because of a simple word we find in the very next verse: IF. What in the world could he be saying here? Who is responsible for the outcome of IF? How does the answer to this question affect the way I understand who God is and how I live out my faith in Jesus Christ?

The reality is that people who love God equally can come to different conclusions. Sometimes the wrestling with the text even makes us a bit uncomfortable as we strive to know God better and love Him more. And the answer is not to run away from those difficult passages, but to address them with one another in humility and love. Church family, I pray that you know and experience the love Christ has for us, and the love He has given me for each of you. Because of that love, I cherish the opportunity to spend time this week working through a potentially tough passage as we draw nearer to our Savior. Join us this Sunday as we investigate Colossians 1:21-23 and dive into some of the cause and effect issues of the Christian life.

Jeff Roe