Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Common Christian Complex: Comfort & Apathy

In the inaugural post for this series, I discussed the idea of holy discontentment and how not being satisfied with our personal spiritual walks is key to pursuing holiness. 

Assuming you didn't click the hyperlink above, here is the gist of what I said:

"This is the thesis: Christians should never be satisfied with their Christian walk. There is always more work to do. There are ways to be more effective, more efficient, and more pro-active. By keeping a healthy holy discontentment at the forefront of our minds, we can sustain a fire for God that keeps us disciplined and in line with God's Word."

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Common Christian Complex

Most Christians live in a never-ending cycle. In short, we fall, get up, and fall again. This has been expressed most commonly as "peaks and valleys" in the Christian walk. 

There will be times that we are on a spiritual "high" -- the Bible camp experience, a great conference, even a good sermon can get us excited to live for Christ. However, there comes a point when we hit a wall. We become complacent and we sin either by comission (doing things we shouldn't do) or omission (not doing things we should do; I believe that's more common). 

But there's more to the story than just being a sinful hypocrite. That's an accurate description, sure; but it's not the whole picture. To try to illustrate the full scope of what is actually happening, I made this chart:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Five healthy changes for me

So I typically (actually never) post about the events of my personal life. The purpose of this blog is to function as an article-based topical discussion on varying aspects of the Christian life. However, I have recently made a few lifestyle changes that have been healthy and thought it would be appropriate to share them and express the spiritual value in each one.

Before I go into detail about what I've been doing, I want to make it clear that I am in no way dogmatic about this stuff. These all fall into the doubtful things section of doctrine -- functioning as personal convictions. I'm sharing them with you so that maybe, if God so leads, you may see them as positive tools to implement into your own life. If not, then no sweat!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Only God Can Judge You

Depending on your view of God, the title of this post is either comforting or frightening. Depending on your relationship with Jesus, it should either make you praise Him in reverence or cause you to search for answers.

"Only God can judge me," is a popular American response often used whenever a person feels unfairly criticized or if he/she is in denial about something that is making them feel convicted.

Since there are two legitimate ways to feel about the judgment of God (terror or peacefulness), it makes sense that both of these perspectives should be examined. First, let's look at why the fact that God is the ultimate judge should bring terror to some.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Looney Tunes: Love Song Medley

If a person communicates a message while maintaining a position of influence, he or she is a teacher. As Christians, we are called to evaluate and discern the teaching that we hear (Phil 1:9, Heb 5:14, 1 Jn 4:1). Therefore remember as the forthcoming songs and messages are examined in this series, the person originating the teaching is not being judged, but the teaching itself. Nothing is more important than the truth and fighting for it is worth the effort.

This is the point in my blog-writing where I have to ask myself, "Should I really write exactly what I am thinking?" 

The answer this time is "no," though I will try to re-package those thoughts in a way that is the most palatable for Christians reading this post. As much as some might disagree, I'm really not trying to step on anyone's toes or do direct damage to others' sensibilities. 

I do, however, want to wave the red flag when I really feel like it needs to be waved.

So that brings me here -- to the love song medley. 

Before I cite specific songs that, in my strong opinion, do damage to Christianity through the romanticism of Christ, I should first give a little background information about where the "Jesus Romance" theology of sorts comes from.