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      Respect is the Last Thing that Empty Flattery Curries.

      Monday, August 27, 2007





      "If a truth isn't inside of us but outside of us, it's something that we can't make up. If your weather reporter in Chicago tells the audience everyday during winter that it's going to be a beautiful, sunny day, just perfect for sailing or beach combing at Lake Michigan then he'll be fired by early January.


      Christians, too, are reporters and announcers whose commission is to "tell it like it is", not to make it up. In Jeremiah, God attacks the false prophets for "dressing the wound of my people as if it were not serious. Peace, peace, they say, where there is no peace." (Jer. 6:14; 8:11)


      Really what God was accusing them of is Spin. Similarly today, the "church" seems all too prone to spin the truth rather than face it and proclaim it. Like many politicians, "preachers" seem to think that they have to hide their convictions in order to "get re-elected".


      (This leads one to believe that) "God's holiness is not all that terrifying or strange. It's more like friendliness. God's justice doesn't require satisfaction, and as for God's wrath!? When's the last time that was part of the conversation? In any event, whatever God's scariest traits, love will always win out. The wages of sin is not death ...but unhappiness and lack of fulfillment! Jesus Christ is not a substitutionary sacrifice for our sin but an example who helps us live above it! We're not the ungodly who can only be justified by an imputed righteousness but the righteous who need encouragement and a good life coach! We're just consumers who need to see the relevance of Jesus not sinners who need to repent of our having ever thought for one moment that we ever knew what was relevant in the first place."


      The "church" craves the world's approval. We call it evangelism, mission, and outreach, but what we really want is the world's approval. We're like the unpopular kids in school who are always too willing to do the bidding of the jocks on campus in the hope of a little respect... but respect is the last thing that empty flattery curries. Whether the world likes us or not, those who become believers will thank us for telling the truth, and those who don't will, at least, be taken back by a Church that finally knows its place and its message."


      - Michael Horton

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