In the shadow of the cross, where we all are, a lot of what we do really doesn’t make sense. Does it?
So here is my question:
If Jesus had been born in an era when electric chairs were the execution method, would we need thicker steeples to hold the big electric chair over the church. And wouldn’t it hurt to roll over on the electric chair hanging on your neck when you are sleeping. And after genuflecting, how would you “cross” yourself? It would take a lot longer to draw the electric chair.
It is bizarre to me, how Paul made an execution tool such a major symbol in the West.
The Cross is notable for its absence in populist American Christianity.
The Prosperity/Health & Wealth Gospel is much more effective at “church-building” than a Gospel that calls for a transformational change from predatory selfishness to unconditional kenotic love.
To be redeemed is not merely to be absolved of guilt before God, it is also to live in Christ, to be born again of water and the Holy Spirit, to be in Him a new creature, to live in the Spirit.~Thomas Merton
“Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer,The Cost of Discipleship
We should be less concerned about making churches full of people and more concerned about making people full of God. – C. Kirk Hadaway and David A. Roozen
Oh yeah, but Paul said it would be foolishness to me. But I was once a believer and it seemed odd then too.
Did Paul make the cross something to hang around a neck?
I’ve been in some evangelical churches that refuse to even display a cross in the church.
Sad to say, but for many what he says is so true. ‘Were going to start a new bigger, more contemporary, more relevant, life changing youthful hip church than you have.’ I see so much of this in the Atlanta, Georgia area. I know it’s also in most metro areas in the USA. Funny but what I find is ‘Christians’ mostly youthful, jump from one to the next best latest thing and the world around them just goes on less impressed than before, even makes fun of it.
The only people that I know of that call it “cheap grace” or “easy believerism” are the ones who like to hang on to parts of the old covenant & still want new believers required to “do something” to obtain a free gift. How can it be called the “good news” if its no different than when people lived under the old covenant? I do agree & know people that abuse His grace but it still doesn’t cheapen “His” grace. Its grace regardless of what people what to put in front of it or after it. Its all on Him. My repentance doesn’t allow me to receive His forgiveness. I repent because I am already forgiven. Thanks for your posts David, they are a blessing in so many ways. @jericjustice.
Beautifully said, Eric! Spot on! 🙂