A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cherry-Picking Christianity

John Pierce is spot on:
I practice selective Christianity. And so do you. And so do those who pretend they don't-- acting as if they and God have all the same answers.

When threatened, we easily toss aside Jesus’ teachings that do not fit our fears-- as if we were given an exemption card to play at will.

Perhaps one of the most needed confessions among modern American Christians is that we practice a pick-and-choose faith that resembles a food product stuffed with fillers and preservatives but mislabeled as 100 percent pure.

Faithfulness is hard in that Jesus called his followers to do very difficult things-- like loving enemies, responding to evil with good, walking second miles and giving away stuff.

Yet it is not complicated in that the call to Christian discipleship can be discerned and explained as modeled by Jesus. It is grace-driven, other-focused, community-rooted and hope-filled. It is not a short course in discipleship or even a long educational experience that ends with a diploma to hang on a wall.

Yes, living a faithful Christian life is hard, but it is not complicated. And at best, we do so with great selectivity.

Therefore, one of the most faithful, hopeful acts of a disciple is to confess one's selectivity and then seek to move a step further down that hard, yet grace-filled, trail.
The entire post can be read here.

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