Contrary to what is passing as the Christian message these days, Biblical Christianity has always maintained that:
- We are not called to love ourselves; we are called to lose ourselves (Col. 3:3).
- We are not called to pursue personal fulfillment; we are called to pursue God (Phil. 3:14).
- We are not called to understand and agree; we are called to trust and obey (Acts 5:29).
- We are not called to insist that God cooperate with our will; we are called to surrender our wills to cooperate with God's (Gal. 2:20).
- We are not called to have faith in our own faith; we are called to have faith in a Sovereign God (Is. 46:10).
- We are not called to excuse continued sin because we are "broken;" we are called to be holy (1 Pet. 1:16).
- We are not called to pursue our 'best life now;' we are called to lose our lives for the sake of Christ (Mark 8:35).
- And we are not called to recreate the message of the cross as Me-centered; we are called to preach the whole "counsel of God" which has always been Christ-centered (Acts 20:27).
I wonder what the apostles would say about this modern man-centered, feel-good, bumper-sticker distortion of the message they gave their lives for?