What do you do when someone reads Colossians 1:1-2 and get’s mad?
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother. To the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse:
How could that make someone angry? Well, what if the idea of absolute truth turned this person off? What if taking a text and making it absolute made people walk away from Jesus?
I am reading a book where a character named William get’s angry because Paul claims to be writing out of the “will of God”. To William, this means “you can’t argue with me – you can’t disagree with me… God is on my side.” To William, Paul has not exactly opened the door to healthy conversation. To William, Paul has declared that he possesses absolute truth.
If this wasn’t enough to make William stop listening to Paul, then Paul goes and says he is writing to the “holy and faithful”…
William get’s the idea that Paul isn’t talking to him – because he doesn’t know a lot about saints and sinners, but he knows enough to recognize that he is no saint. So not only has Paul cornered William into a onesided conversation, but now he has totally excluded him from it.
So – Now I ask you this: What do you say in response to William???