Our experiences, upbringing, traditions and context affect the way we see and understand life. This morning we’re going to talk about these as “lenses” through which we view the world. The lens you view life through affects what you see and how you understand it.
Have you seen that commercial advertising those glasses with the yellow tint that help you basically see in the dark? They change the way you see your surroundings. Sunglasses change the way you see things around you. We want sunglasses when the sun is shining brightly through our windshield, or beating down on you at the beach, but when the sun has gone down and it’s dark, sunglasses become much less helpful. They change the way you see your surroundings. Prescription eyeglasses change the way you see things around you. If you have poor vision and you’re NOT wearing your contact lenses or eyeglasses, you’re really going to struggle to see things clearly.
Today, I want to make the point that if you claim to follow Jesus Christ, the Gospel must be the lens through which you view the world. We must see through Gospel-colored lenses. The Gospel affects (or, at least, ought to affect!) the way we see and understand and engage with everything and everyone in this world. The Gospel changes everything.