“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”
As Election Day nears, I feel more and more compelled to say this to the Christian Church: Return to your first love.
What does loving the sinner but hating the sin mean? How is it possible to love someone well after they have hurt you? And what does loving them well look like in real life?
I like to win arguments. I like being right. I like showing people that I’m smart. I like using my knowledge and proving a point. It’s fun. I enjoy the rush it gives. And it may be one of the most destructive things I can do as a Christian.
The fight continues on: should women be allowed to hold leadership roles in the Church? Can a woman preach, considering what Paul said in 1 Corinthians? How can a lady be the head of any religious activity?
In that dramatic scene on Calvary’s hill, three men were crucified. We must never forget that all three were crucified for the same crime – the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness.
If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.
The idea of “subjective truth” or “relative truth” or “it’s true for me, and that’s all that matters” is garbage.
No maps. No GPS. Few street signs. Those are three important reasons why I don’t drive in developing countries. I’d get lost. Raising our kids to follow Christ is a lot like trying to navigate in an under-developed country – there is no parenting map, no spiritual GPS. We head in the direction that seems best, trying to find our way by trial and error.