Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone. – Albert Einstein
Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. – Jesus (Matthew 19:14)
This statement by Albert Einstein applies to the gospel as well as to science. Indeed, all truth can be described this way. A scholar can dedicate her life to studying all the ramifications of what a child can fundamentally grasp. This is why Jesus always singled out the children who came to Him as having an inside track on what many of us as grownups may have forgotten. Woe to those who complicate the truth.
Knowledge is often thought of as intellectual property that makes you wiser the more you know, but real wisdom is truth embraced and applied, not information amassed. An adult has to prove what a child can believe; indeed, an adult may not be able to prove what a child can believe because it comes by faith, not by intellect. We need to pay more attention to children and to our own hearts.
We recently planted some new flowering plants in our garden. Now, you can study botany and understand plant physiology and all the components of photosynthesis, and you can also appreciate the color and beauty of a flower and understand it takes sun and water to grow.
The same is true for theology and knowing God. You can know so much about God that you don’t really know God at all. You can write volumes of books on God and not know how to simply hear Him or talk to Him.
The simply brilliant truth is that the almighty God has made Himself known to us, His children. He has spoken and He moves in our hearts through the power of the Holy Spirit. He prays for us in words we can’t even utter. He is knowable, and a small child will most likely know more about that than an adult.
The fundamental truth of the gospel is essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone. This is why we can take the Gospel of Welcome anywhere. Even if the spoken language and/or cultural language may be foreign, there is a language of the Spirit that is comprehensible to everyone, everywhere. The Gospel of Welcome is universal wherever there are human beings … and that’s simply brilliant.