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February 27, 2008

The Point Radio: Trophy Conversions

Love 'em and leave 'em. That's how some Christians approach non-believers....


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Chuck Colson, “UnChristian:What People Really Think of Us,” BreakPoint Commentary, 4 January 2008.

Martha Anderson, “Two New Must-Read Books -- Just in Time for Christmas,” The Point, 2 November 2007.

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Rolley Haggard

Mark, I hope I may be forgiven for repeating some of the same material posted on Anne Morse’s related blog, “Conversion Targets.”

But IMPNSHO, one of evangelicaldom’s dirty little secrets can be summed up as "we don’t have friends, we have ministries."

We all concede, in principle, that it is possible to take something good and put it in place of what is best. Isn't that what we're doing? Our emphasis on missions, evangelism, discipleship, and the Great Commission is good, but it is not best. There is a “Greater Commission”. Jesus called it the First and Great Commandment, and added (at no extra charge) that “the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:38-40). Paul later paraphrased Christ by declaring “all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Galatians 5:14)

Someone has said, “it is possible to do evangelism without loving, but it is not possible to love without doing evangelism.” We already know the remedy to our failure. But how unskilled, and, remarkably, how loath we are to put it into practice. Our excuses are good:

1. “Love, love, love” is the mantra of liberals.

2. Souls are more important than bodies, hence evangelism trumps all.

3. And, as Tony Woodlief notes in a review of unChristian in World Magazine, “we get so caught up in loving and affirming everyone in our path that we forget the unchanging law of God.”

4. All the “good works” connected with loving make it appear we are seeking to be saved by works. Sticking to evangelism makes it plain we believe people are saved apart from any works of righteousness.

It ought to sting our hearts that Christ held up a non-Christian as a model for the kind of love He had in mind. The Good Samaritan loved lavishly, unselfconsciously, without any expectations. He evidently didn’t keep a list of excuses. We, on the other hand, cannot bring ourselves to even articulate what was implicit in the Samaritan’s actions: people are infinitely precious. I suspect the awful truth is, we don’t really believe it. The best we can muster is, “people have infinite worth because they are made in the image of God.” Tell me, you who are parents, do you love your wayward son or daughter because they are made in the image of God, or because they are infinitely precious? The cross declares that God literally – literally – loves us more than His own life. Yet how often is that undiluted statement found in any of our confessions? How often is it sounded from our pulpits? How often is it the theme of a song or a testimony or a topic in our small-group meetings? Do we fear we might overstate His love? If we fear that, then we shall never love as He loves, and people will always be heads to mount on heaven’s walls.

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