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December 5, 2006

"Cross" Causes

"...to truly be pro-life 'means far more than opposing abortion. It also means doing everything in our power to keep people alive, so they might respond to the grace of Jesus Christ.'" | Rick Warren (attributed citation)

There are causes of the cross which every believer needs to be engaged in. The first and foremost is evangelism. As in the oft quoted statement from St Francis of Assisi, "Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words." Having been raised in a traditional (and balanced) pentecostal denomination, I now understand that Pentecost was about God's people being empowered to carry on the ministry of Jesus, taking the power and presence of Jesus into their everyday lives into every situation. In some cases the church (that's me) defaults to being satisfied with a life filled with opinions and preferences, and little of God's power in operation through our lives. We (myself and many in my relational circle, if we are honest with ourselves) align ourselves with slogans and political stances, without really considering the actual calling that God has invited us to join him in - that seeing lives redeemed from sin and death.

The church seems to be going through a catharsis through which the trappings of our political preferences and cultural biases are being exposed for what they are - a shield from having to engage in the lives of those around us and carrying Christ's burden for the world. Once again, God has used Dr. Warren in my life to remind me what it is to take up the cause of the cross. There have a "pro-life" agenda that I I am called to embrace - "that whoever believes in Him would not die, but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

May 7, 2007

The God Debate

I picked up a Newsweek a few weeks ago that featured a discussion between Rick Warren and Sam Harris (April 9, 2007). This Wednesday night Nightline will feature a debate between Ray Comfort & Kirk Camron (yes, from Growing Pains), who use the Ten Commandments as a way to help people confront thier own sinfulness, against a group called the "Rational Response Squad" who encourage people to take the "blasphemy challenge" and record their own personal statement rejecting God and post it on YouTube.

This Athiest v. Christian debate is getting a lot of play. Although I don't believe that every believer has to take a graduate-level course in apologetics, we do need to know how to "give an answer for our hope" The further we move from a shared set of values as a society, the more confrontation there is going to be on this subject. I believe one of the best defenses of the Gospel will be how we live. Jesus said, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."

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