“With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy.”
Friday, April 14, 2006
Ordering salvation, with sin on the side
I enjoyed a rousing debate over on Vox Popolithe other day that began when the host took issue with even the notion of a tolerant, loving Christ. That image won't do. The Jesus Vox Day follows is no peace-loving hippie. Vox and those who breathlessly parrot him would like you to overlook Christ's commandment to love one another and see Him for what he really was and is: An anti-government, kick-ass hater.
As discussions do, this one became tangential and turned to sin and repentance. Like an increasing number of Christians, Vox Day subscribes to "drive-thru Christianity" in which a person pulls up to Jesus and says, “Hey, dude, I accept you as my personal Savior” and drive off, with a lifetime supply of holier-than-though.
It’s especially convenient, because drive-Thru Christians are the first to tell you, if you call their un-Christlike behavior into question - that the Bible assures an endlessly refillable Big Gulp of forgiveness for the redeemed. It doesn’t matter how much you sin or what you do, just as long at the end of the day you say you’re sorry.
"Shall we sin, that grace might abound, etc etc." Vox reminded me. "…apparently you missed the bit about 70 times 7. Whether you like the answer or not, it is still "yes".
It’s a good thing that Christ preached turning the other cheek, given the slap in the face such an interpretation returns for the gift of grace.
If acceptance of Christ is necessary to become a Christian, a sincere attitude of repentance is the fruit that proves that you are.
Consider repentance. If you've wronged me in the most horrible way and you come to me and say, "I'm sorry. Forgive me," and after a few days you continue to wrong me as you always did, then you were not truly repentant, were you?If you accept Christ, the virtue of him within you leads to true repentance and change. Professed Christians who continue to happily commit the same sins they did before being "saved," - neither showing the Spirit, or feeling no conviction from It - throws the sincerity of the Christian claim in doubt. A person filled with the Spirit of Christ, which come in after you accept him, can't help but strive for a higher character. The spirit compels. They seek to overcome sin, not condone it.
What Vox and others like him fail to understand is that their brand of drive-thru Christianity is so appealing because it advocates an "acceptance" of Christ in name only. The spirit is missing and not wanted, because it complicates the fun of ongoing sin.Is this judgmental? The Bible says, “By your fruits you shall know them,” and “Faith without works is dead.”
The Bible also says, “Straight is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, few they be that go thereby.”
Perhaps that is because the drive-thru lane is so wide.