Yesterday I told you that Kant’s categorical imperative (his rule that an act can only be moral if you gain nothing from it) is not useful for anyone, especially Christians.
Recently in my morning devotions, I pondered over two verses that blasted Kant out of my soul once again! The two verses were Philippians 3:7-8, which state, “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.”
Before I tell you why this was so refreshing to my soul this morning, let me first say that most people already think in Kantian terms with regards to their faith. Too many of us think that religion is only about doing our duty to God. We think that in order to do our duty to God we must put pleasure aside because obedience to God is always unpleasant. We think sin is always pleasurable and obedience to God is always unpleasurable. To put it another way, we think this: “If it’s enjoyable, it’s wrong!” Therefore an implication which comes from this is that we have embraced the idea that going to church is not about having fun, going to church is about putting fun aside to do our duty! We must put fun and pleasure aside in order to serve and worship God! O’ how wrong this is! Let us wake up from our Kantian coma’s!
Phil. 3:7-8 blasts Kant out of my soul because those two verses say everything which is gain to us (health, money, cars, computers, houses, wives, husbands, families, children, books, status, riches extraordanaire, etc) should be counted as loss. If we stop here we may prove Kant more than disproving him, but thankfully the verse keeps going. We’re to count those things that are gain as loss for the sake of knowing Christ Jesus our Lord. Why? Because His worth and His value far surpasses all other things! So, if we pursue those things only, we do not pursue our joy rightly! We only pursue our joy rightly by leaving what is less pleasing and going after that which gives us the most pleasure, JESUS!
According to Kant I cannot pursue my joy in Jesus, because that would not be a moral action for me to do. BUT according to the Bible, I am called to pursue my joy in Jesus with all my might! That is why I read my Bible, that is why I pray, and that is why I go to church, to be satisfied in Jesus above all things! Is that why you do those things?