Freedom From the Tyranny of Hyper-Spirituality
The tyranny of hyper-spirituality our church culture had foisted on us set us up for disappointment because it held up religious experiences as the means of God’s grace, rather than the finished work of the cross. I can only imagine how crushing the disappointment of my friend’s spiritual inexperience felt in light of the sin being inflicted on her.
An important dimension of the mature discipleship to which followers of Jesus should aspire is responsible stewardship of the gift of our citizenship. Educating ourselves about the issues and candidates, and supporting those who will most effectively advance the common good, are ways in which we can love and bless our neighbors.
Also worth noting, the same survey found that 53% of Protestant pastors felt that their congregations sometimes love America more than they love God.
In other words, Christians must not withdraw from politics but redirect their energy toward local communities. It’s a shift away from Washington, D.C. toward your neighborhood, city, and state.
My Dear Sons,
The eye beholds much good and evil in this life. Beholding leads to becoming. What we continually put before our eyes and minds will shape and determine who we are.
True Leaders Are Teachable
I’ve been a Christian for 53 years and in vocational Christian ministry for 45 years. During this time I’ve given a great deal of thought to the content of all the many lists in Scripture. And I’ve come to the measured conclusion that, when it comes to the indispensable qualities for being a leader in the body of Christ and in life in general, there’s one characteristic that perhaps should be placed at the top: teachability.