Thursday, January 27, 2005

On being good little boys and girls

At outWORD, Matte shares her thoughts on faith and obedience. Good Christian behavior, she points out, is a whole lot more than being nice boys and girls who please the folks around them.

Jesus spent his entire life butting up against an established church community that had good behaviour down to a fine art; he called their leaders snakes and their venom poisonous! While all this good behaviour dazzles us on the outside, it squeezes the life out of us on the inside. If you read a little more closely, you will begin to see that good behaviour mentioned in the Bible is always as a by-product, a result, an outcome of something infinitely greater than regular church attendance.

Content note: Matte tells it like it is. Don’t read her post if you’re easily offended by dirty words. Then again if you are, you might be the very one she’s talking to.

So let me be clear...though I value my friends, family, and leaders and respect their beliefs, I will not be made in their image - it smacks of idolatry. Though a good reputation in the religious community is nice to have, I want to value it about as much as Jesus did. I am not out to offend anyone, but due to the nature of humanity, that will invariably happen, and for that I apologize. My goal is no longer to be a good person, but to live. Check out John 17:3.

Tell it, Matte!


Blogger John said...

This was a great post milton, thanks for bringing to our attention.
God bless you and yours,

7:01 PM, January 27, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks, John. Hope things are going well in Queensland.

7:28 PM, January 27, 2005  
Blogger John said...

Everything is well here Milton, as I hope it is with you. We have a saying in Queensland... "Beautiful one day... perfect the next!"Keep up the good work for the Lord!
God bless you and yours,

1:27 AM, January 28, 2005  

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