"You can be just as 'man pleasing' and 'fleshly' in extemporaneous and informal religious exercises as in preestablished and formal ones -- perhaps even more so -- especially if you are proud of being informal."
- Dallas Willard
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
[They] exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
- Romans 1:24
The story doesn’t change and the trajectory is the same: Mankind exchanges God’s truth for a lie, and death follows in its wake.
The messages get clearer. This issue is like the slavery issue of old.
Louder. These are modern times. Science is on our side.
More invisive. The church is outdated and not needed.
More emphatic. This is about social justice.
More dissonant. You’re a bigot!
The messages come from politicians, community leaders, “preachers,” the Internet, popular music, and TV (always TV).
The messages are effective. The messages get results. The messages change minds and change hearts. (Don’t believe it? Ask yourself why it’s worth it for any business to spend $4 million for 30 seconds during the Superbowl if the message won’t be effective?)
But there’s another Message. It’s the Message that floods all that is in the world with all that is in Heaven. It’s the Message that moves beyond issues and talking points.
That Message is an eternal Word -- a Logos -- that became flesh and dwelt among us.
I’m not sure that Message would get 30 seconds during the Superbowl, but He doesn’t need it. He’s got all of eternity.