I was thinking about the term “humanism” in the context of what evangelists may sometimes feel they have to do to communicate the message of what the sacrifice of Christ means. I think that for particularly sensitive people, the idea that they were born so sinful as to have no merit can actually make it harder after they accept Christ. The old vestiges of how helpless and sinful they were as beings can kind of carry over in the brain, and linger. It may make it more difficult for the brain and mind to adjust. With a view that we all have inherent worth, maybe even just a seed of it, a person might be able to have with a mindset more in keeping with dealing with the old flesh (what some would call “ego” in other cultures) and moving out of it into the new man (or woman). I think it keeps those in Christ in a place of proper humility, too, to see that others have value.
The idea of “Less of Me and More of Christ” can come off that we are born lower than low, or “zombies feeding on each other” as my friend put it.
In more positive terms, it means to me that we are not obliterating the self, but bringing it to fruition. And to bring it to fruition, I believe in honoring that spark that we are born as and seeing the potential in it. I believe in a calling for me that has to do with seeing the basic value in every person, and the realization that lack of change through denial of the regenerative example and work of Christ leaves one stymied and lost.
I admit I am still working on the relationship part, the frustration of the “accept Christ and you live” and how for some people, that may become a sort of permanent waiting station. I think this is because on a surface level, they feel stuck with the condition they were born into. No matter how much they read the Bible and pray over scripture – the mind habit sometimes continues on without a change in the brain.
These people have unfortunate habits for how they sort things out on the inside.
For me, on the topic of intimacy with Christ, I think he talks to me in other ways that I don’t expect, and I have to look a little harder, like “Where’s Waldo?” But even though He is not there right now in the explicit, He is there in the implicit.
That’s why I like taking words like “humanism” and really studying them, to separate them out for themselves, away from context that has been added to them over time, to turn them around, upside down, and see if they have something in them that we haven’t seen before.