One aspect of the modern church that most saddens and concerns me is that believers are no longer encouraged to have a healthy fear of God. We seem to assume that the fear of the Lord is something that belonged to the Old Testament period and is not to be a part of the life of the Christian. But fear of God involves not simply a trembling before His wrath, but a sense of reverence and awe because of His glorious holiness.
The answer is yes—we should care. Just because we have been in some shoddy buildings does not mean we forsake architecture. Just because we have read some books with which we disagree does not mean we should quit reading. In the same way, when we encounter poorly executed art, or art that has a message with which we disagree, we should not throw the baby out with the bathwater.
The Bible isn’t merely about them and what they should be doing. It’s about God and what He has done. It’s not merely a book of rules telling you how to behave so that God will love you. It’s not merely a book of heroes that gives you people to copy so that God will love you.
Most of all, the Bible is the Story—the story of how God loves His children and comes to rescue them. And in spite of everything, no matter what, whatever it cost Him— God won’t ever stop loving His children with a wonderful, neverstopping, never-giving-up, unbreaking, always, and forever love. Are we telling children the Story—or teaching them a mere lesson?
The Christian message of salvation tells the story of sin, repentance, and forgiveness.
The secular salvation story is a derivative and deviant version of the older Christian narrative. It tells the story of self, authenticity, and acceptance.
Last week, we heard that the Army was blocking websites due to theological or cultural differences (which has now been debunked). Yet, so many Christians were quick to believe a false report. Again.
Then, Breitbart reported that the Pentagon is going to court-martial people for sharing their faith. And, Christian media exploded. Facebook lit up. Twitter screamed. Again.
The messengers of Jesus will be hated to the end of time. But the end is near & they must hold on and persevere until it comes. –Bonhoeffer
— Eric Metaxas (@ericmetaxas) April 10, 2013
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