Sunday, May 29, 2011

don't tell me how to live. tell me how I'm alive.

photo: Hugh MacLeod

We often settle for people telling us how to improve our lives, especially at church.

Alistair Begg once said that we buy magazines that tell us how to get a better body, more bucks, and increased brains, then we turn around and expect the church to give us more of the same.

On the one hand, it makes sense.  Why would we get involved with something if it didn't make our lives better?  But on the other hand, if all we needed was a little self-help, is the Church really the best place to get it?

Wouldn't it make more sense to pool investment money with our neighbors and flip a house than to give 10% of our income to a place that just gives it away to people and holds free services every week?  Or shouldn't we just join a gym or a book club?

True orthodox Christianity calls out alone with the bizarre idea that nothing can be added to our lives to make them right.  We must admit that our whole lives are on a crash course with destruction and abandon our very right to our lives in order to begin the redemption process.

Some churches even unwittingly contribute to this error.  They present the basic gospel message and repeatedly offer altar calls, but they stop there.  If that was sufficient, the New Testament would have stopped with the gospels.  Instead, it didn't stop at what happened during Jesus' life, death, and resurrection, but rather it delved into what it meant.

It's about a new identity in Jesus, not a one-time religious experience or an ongoing moral therapy session.

According to your church, what is the point of Christianity?

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