Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Gospel

How is it then that we've come to imagine that Christianity consists primarily in what we do for God? How has this come to be the good news of Jesus? Is the kingdom that He proclaimed to be nothing more than a community of men and women who go to church on Sunday, take an annual spiritual retreat, read their Bibles every now and then, vigorously oppose abortion, don't watch x-rated movies, never use vulgar language, smile a lot, hold doors open for people, root for their favorite team, and get along with everybody?

Is that why Jesus went through the bleak and bloody horror of Calvary? Is that why He emerged in shattering glory from the tomb? Is that why He poured out His Holy Spirit on the church? To make nicer men and women with better morals?

The Gospel is absurd and the life of Jesus is meaningless unless we believe that He lived, died, and rose again with but one purpose in mind: to make brand-new creations.



Brennan Manning

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

everything sounds sensible until the last paragraph.

Gary Kirkham said...

I appreciate you dropping by and commenting, but what you wrote doesn't give me very much to go on. Whst is it that doesn't make sense to you?

In Christ,
Gary

Bino M. said...

Wow! Absolutely beautiful. I love reading Mr. Manning's writings...

Joel B. said...

Amen, great words from Manning. I agree with Bino. And the whole thing is very sensible to me. :)

Gary Kirkham said...

Bino/Joel,

Thanks for commenting. Yes, it is beautiful and sensible...like my wife. :)

Gary

Ike said...

Brand new creations that bring Him glory....whether we drink or eat.