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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Essential "DO"

What are some modern cultural practices that could erode the purity of the Christian faith? Which of these two you consider the most dangerous?... What does it mean to be zealous for the Lord in today's culture? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 255).

First of all, without question the Christian faith has its purity. It is a little disconcerting, however, to discuss the Christian faith in this way due to its highly ethical character – its insistence on everyday application. Jesus was anything but what usually goes for remote piousness – consistently dedicated as he was to street ministry. Likewise, the Christian today is called to apply his faith whenever and wherever he is active in the world. In short, we are called to witness 24/7 where "the rubber meets the road."  Hence we come to a key way of thinking that threatens Christianity–a Showboat Christianity devoid of its central ethical call to practical application. It substitutes instead a stylized showroom glass menagerie designed to impress rather than achieve. In such cases all that is lost is the essential DO in the Golden rule. 

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