Incarnating the Christ of the Gospel

God used Mark Driscoll’s words to convict me yet again of gnostic, separationist sin. He said that we need to be getting to know the lost people around us, and I realized that I don’t care enough for my lost neighbors. This was after hearing Tim Keller talk about how lost people feel like aliens in church groups because they cannot identify with Christians, not over Gospel issues, but over simple things like concern for neighborhoods and justice. Wow.

I quickly realized that we evangelical Christians have such gnostic tendencies that we think we should be completely separate from the rest of the world. But, as Driscoll points out, God has placed us as missionaries in a particular culture. Christ Himself has called us to do as He did and immerse ourselves in that culture as much as possible without sin.

He ate with sinners and tax collectors! We ought to be like Him and care for the sinners around us! May God’s Spirit move in power on us to hear this cry to love our God-given neighbors.

(Originally posted at old site 7/18/2006.)

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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