Simple Isn't Simplistic

The other day I watched an interview by John Piper of Rick Warren. Very, very interesting. So very many things I could blog on. But I'll stick with the one thing that stuck out to me the most. That I pray changes me the most.

I have to confess that out of pure, unjustified judgement (truly ignorance), I haven't been the biggest fan of Rick Warren. Why? Well because I just don't trust things once they've been overly marketed (usually no fault of the author themselves). Once you start having t-shirts, bumper stickers, book turned into a kids book and such I check out. First I should state that I don't know for sure that there are t-shirts and bumper stickers for Purpose Driven Life (PDL). But if you live on planet earth you were slightly bombarded by the PDL craze. And if you are in church at all you were almost completely suffocated by it.

So I judged. And I was so wrong. I am so thankful I took the time to watch the interview and had my eyes opened up to the character of Mr. Warren. Because I was able to grow a respect for him and then able to learn from him that day and hear this statement:

"Simple isn't simplistic." 

We like to complicate some things everything.
The gospel.
Prayer.
Bible study.
Church.
Again, I think I should say it one more time, church.
Small groups / Bible studies.
Worship through song.
Theology (what we believe about God).
Christian lingo.
Our freedoms. Our limitations. (...and all the grey in between.)

And I've thought so much since then about how often I complicate things.
I load it up with pressures. I allow what I think to influence what I do or am.
What others think I should do or be.
What I think others think (which is hardly ever what they actually think).

And because of that I forget one simple command: "love God, love others." That's what Jesus said. That was what He said was the greatest of all the commands. Love God freely. Love others without hindrance. The rest that we add to it, it's making it all overly complicated.

I love the freedom he gave me by saying that just because something is simple doesn't mean it is simplistic.

You can read more about the interview and watch it here.

What do you think? Do you struggle with this too? What is something you've done or heard that is simple, but not simplistic?