Monday, November 28, 2011
Accepting People as They Are?!?
For the ELCA this means adoption of the GLABT agenda as the agenda of the Gospel itself and God's work. For other Christians it means accepting the consumer mentality that loves things more than anything. For other Christians it means substituting the green revolution for the way of the Cross. For other Christians it means insisting that God must address the wounds and wrongs of this mortal life to improve it and make it happier, easier, and richer so that we have our best life now.... I could go on...
N. T. Wright, in his book Simply Christian addresses this point well:
"We have lived for too long in a world, and tragically even in a church ... where the wills and affections of human beings are regarded as sacrosanct as they stand, where God is required to command what we already love and to promise what we already desire."
Redemption has become God's adoption of our pet sins and foibles and His approving of them so that we are little different after faith than before. In contrast to that, the real Gospel speaks not only of the transformation that God makes in us by the Spirit working through the means of grace, but that this transformation is exactly the change of our wills and desires (affections) so that they reflect Him and not us. Is this not what we pray the ancient collect:
Almighty God, who alone can bring order to the unruly wills and passions of sinful humanity: give your people grace so to love what you command and to desire what you promise, that, among the many changes of this world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen!