I’m a very forgetful person. I frequently misplace my keys or my wallet, I have tough time remembering people’s names, and I have even paid for my groceries and walked out of the store while my grocery bags were still at the register. I have quickly come to realize that I can’t survive without writing down reminders and keeping a “to-do” list.
Although you probably don't realize it, you might be a Pharisee.
If you’re a Christian, “Pharisee” is the last thing you want to be called. We equate pharisaism with legalism and heartless rule-keeping. But modern-day pharisaism is far more than that. The most thorough condemnation of these religious leaders that Jesus gave is found in Matthew 23. As I read this passage, my conscience rebukes me. I may be more pharisaical than I realize. I found ten different condemnatory descriptions of the Pharisee in this chapter. I encourage you to reference the verses that go with each point. You may be a Pharisee if...
It says something about the state of our Christian culture that blog articles like "Why Christians Should Avoid Watching Rape Scenes” and "Should Christians Watch Game of Thrones?” even need to be written. Yet, with the popularity of original content on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, etc., Christians are confronted with more and more entertainment options that include far more graphic sex and violence than what has been traditionally allowed on TV and in movie theaters. Unfortunately, these questions must be asked.
Recently, Kevin DeYoung wrote a short article on Gospel Coalition entitled, "I Don't Understand Christians Watching Game of Thrones." It was concise and biblically informed, yet some of the responses on Twitter from those who disagreed with him were perplexing. Even if you disagree with my conclusions, hopefully these three excuses aren't of your reasoning:
If you clicked on this blog post, locked and loaded with your arguments to defend or destroy a specific stance on Christian music, you may lower your weapons. I’m unarmed. Instead of challenging your thoughts on music, I would like to challenge your thoughts on worship. And if you thought I was being redundant in that sentence, then you might have just proven my point.
God is good.
These are words often uttered to those experiencing difficult trials in their lives. Unfortunately, these also are words that often sound hollow to the one experiencing those trials--cotton-candy, feel-good, substanceless words in the midst of excruciating pain or unbearable temptation:
God is good.
Since the garden of Eden, one of humanity’s greatest temptations is to doubt that Author of Good is truly good. In the opening chapters of Genesis, everything God creates is “very good.” Yet, when the serpent comes to Eve, he plants this thought in her mind: God is withholding good from me.
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