Without change what are we?


Without change what are we?


Darryl Dash has an interesting post about change.   In the post he cites another Christian leader who proclaims how he is no better than the people reading and likely worse.   That just doesn’t wash with me.  In one sense we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God.  Yet in others some of us are vessels of honor and vessels of dishonour. 

No one person could claim to be better in the realm of personally attained righteousness, but that does not mean we cannot be different.   We can be different and we should be different if we know Christ.  If we aren’t different then what are we doing?  What sort of useless good news do we carry if the those who share it have not been made in to better people? 
Changing the church or becoming missional will be an utterly futile act unless we ourselves are tangibly more like Christ.  I appreciate Darryl’s discussion of the gospel  because without a proper understanding of what it means to follow Christ people enter in to a powerless Christianity of cheap grace and meaingless platitudes.  For the church to change the people inside it must change.
  1. #1 by Kevin on February 28, 2007 - 8:07 am

    I can see what you are saying to a degree, but you must admit that there is precedent for this with Paul claiming that he is “the chief of sinners”. I would suggest that both Paul and the blogger in question were using a rhetorical device to empashise a thelogical point rather than acutally estimating their own sins vs. the sins of everyone else around them.

    I don;t know whatelse this blogger wrote, but I would also hope that he would recognise the Holy Spirit bearing fruit in his life.

  2. #2 by LT on February 28, 2007 - 8:16 am

    Kevin:

    I would tend to agree with you if the quote in question didn’t mention all the different ways in which his behavior misses the mark.

  3. #3 by Dave King on March 5, 2007 - 1:32 pm

    If Pernell means what he says, then for him it’s a step forward. It’s the type of change that the Gospel brings. Course I’m no longer close enough to him to know if he’s serious.

    - Peace

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