31 October 2014

This 'n' That

"She's a Christian, I think. She was wearing a cross and she talked about homeschooling."

Sigh. Is this what we've come to here in America? Equating Christians with cross necklaces and homeschooling? Does she also watch FoxNews and is she a Republican? Because that satisfies all the requirements for being a Christian in the good ol' US of A, right?

Guess who else wears a cross necklace?
Someone actually did share the above observation with me not too long ago. It was one of those face palm moments, where you spend more time asking God to help you bridle your sarcastic tongue than you do attempting to refute the person's horrifically weak theology.

The sad reality is, though, that this is the mindset of many, many professing Christians today. Does someone say they are a Christian and wear a cross necklace? Then they must be a Christian! And if it's a man, well, does he have a groovy tattoo in Greek, something like δουλος, maybe? Christian!

For the record, I don't mean this to insult those true Christians who wear cross necklaces (I do) or have Greek tattoos (I do not), or those who homeschool (many of my friends do), watch FoxNews, or are Republican. My point is that the concept of a life lived for Christ—the concept of bearing fruit that displays a life of holiness and an ongoing pursuit of righteousness—those things are lost on the visible church today. We've replaced true Christian living with moralism and political and social conservatism. Many of today's professing Christians wouldn't recognize the Christian life as taught in the Scriptures, and if they did, many would likely reject it outright as unacceptable and unfitting for their life of worldly whims.

So are your attempts at evangelism met with resistance? Are they met with scorn by someone who responds by saying, "Well, I'm already a Christian," but whose life demonstrates otherwise? Take heart, Christian. Our Lord told us this would be so (John 16:18–21). But this should not deter us. This should not keep us from proclaiming Christ crucified, and Christ resurrected. Keep on proclaiming that glorious truth, friend, and when you're ready for a break, pause briefly to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • How sad to achieve all of your goals in this fleeting life, only to neglect the eternal life into which you are stepping.
  • Oh wait, she changed her mind. Death gets a little scary when it's staring you in the face and your cloaked only in your own rags of unrighteousness without a Savior.
  • So this is what Russell Moore is saying.
  • I'm not at all surprised by these statistics, but it doesn't make them any less sobering.
  • A former Mars Hill pastor has apologized for his sinful behavior.
  • Meanwhile, a former Baptist minister has been indicted for murder. How long, Lord?
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Says Apple CEO Tim Cook, "I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me." This article—or rather, the situation it is describing—is characterized by a wrong understanding of God and man.
  • Warning: Reading this may cause you to slam your head against the nearest wall or desk. 
  • And in honor of Reformation Day:
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