Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Git Right or Git Left?

Besides the beautiful colloquial language here, what else is--wrong--with this phrase?

I can't even recall the first time I heard it; I was probably too small. Sadly, I would bargain that this is the case for most of you reading here.

I know I've seen in 2nd Timalachuke this phrase IN RED LETTER! So, Jesus clearly chanted it often. (Stop looking for 2nd Timalachuke. It was one of those books that didn't quite make the canon...)

Say that phrase again with me: “Git right, or git left.” Upon saying this [ridiculous] phrase aloud, I'm compelled to dissect it in the following manner:

*Can we ever really get anything “right?”
The Bible says in Romans 3:10: “None is righteous, no, not one..."
English Standard Version (ESV) Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles.

What exactly does 'righteous' mean? It means “just” or “right.” So, if the Bible directly says we cannot be right, no matter how hard our feeble minds work at it, then why are we wasting our time and energy?

*Ephesians 2:8 clearly spells it out for us: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own DOING; it is the gift of God, not a result of WORKS, so that no one may boast.”
English Standard Version (ESV) Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles (emphasis mine).

*The phrase implies a common misconception that, however unintentional, drives many people further away from the cross.
It implies that you must “fix” yourself before you can come to Jesus. I like to remember a short man named Zacchaeus. He was the equivalent of your favorite IRS representative. This guy was openly dubbed a “sinner.”

“And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, 'Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.' So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. And when [the crowd] saw it, they all grumbled, 'He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.'” Luke 19:5-7
English Standard Version (ESV) Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles.

*Jesus obviously liked to raise a few eyebrows and go against the mainstream thought process.
Just like Zacchaeus, I am dubbed a sinner. I have to make a choice every five minutes to either serve Christ and make Him known...or to consistently deny Him. Sadly, I deny Him more than I'd like to admit. But the point is not just that. The point is that we recognize that we CAN'T be perfect, or good, or right, or just. We acknowledge it, and we embrace it. I can even find a smidgeon of relief in that, can't you? Suddenly, the pressure's off...

The stage lights are down. The audience has left.

It's just me and God.

It's just you and God.

Back to the hillbilly phrase. So, what do they really mean? I'm sure people who say this have the purest of intentions. They clearly are just wanting people to get saved so they will not spend eternity in hell. The thing they don't realize is that people who do not know Jesus intimately, who have not crawled up in His lap, will not understand it. The truth is: Jesus is waiting for us to STOP TRYING, and to drop everything, even the things we think are important, and come just as we are to Him.

I think our new phrase should be: Get Christ and Get Life!