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Something To Consider- C

13 Jan

We have turned to a God that we can use rather than a God we must obey; we have turned to a God who will fulfill our needs rather than to a God before whom we must surrender our rights to ourselves. He is a God for us, for our satisfaction- not because we have learned to think of him this way through Christ but because we have learned to think of him this way through the marketplace. In the marketplace, everything is for us, for our pleasure, for our satisfaction, and we have come to assume that it must be so in the church as well. And so we transform the God of mercy into a God who is at our mercy.

We will not be able to recover the vision and understanding of God’s grandeur until we recover an understanding of ourselves as creatures who have been made to know such grandeur. This must begin with the recovery of the idea that as beings made in God’s image, we are fundamentally moral beings, not consumers, that the satisfaction of our psychological needs pales in significance when compared  with the enduring value of doing what is right. Religious consumers want to have a spirituality for the same reason they want to drive a stylish and expensive auto. Costly obedience is as foreign to them in matters spiritual as self-denial is in matters material

(David Wells, God in the Wasteland via Discerning the Spirit of the age by Derek Tidball pg.98)

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One response to “Something To Consider- C

  1. ducknpulpit

    January 13, 2017 at 4:30 am

    We treat God 3 ways. First, as a genie in a bottle who grants wishes and conveniently returns to bottle when not needed. Secondly, as a rabbit’s foot when we rub our crosses, saying, “Come on Lord, I need a good parking spot.” Finally, “Let’s Make a Deal”–“Okay, God, I will go to church and read my Bible if you will give me what’s behind Pearly Gate #1.”

     
 
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