I was reading the final chapter of Shane Stanford's "The Eight Blessings" last night. Stanford was writing about persecution. In the process, he made some statements that just HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD.
Here's what he wrote:
"Let's get real for a moment. What we are talking about is not easy; it is not comfortable to talk about persecution. It strains us to consider that faith has requirements that are more distinct than simply giving our time or resources to a particular congregation. No, real faith in Christ pushes us and causes us to think deeply about how we live our lives, how we treat others, and especially how we treat this God we claim to love so much."
(Here comes the BIG finish)
"It is fanciful, if not downright delusional, to think that a God who can 'throw stars around' is satisfied by our simply arriving in a comfortable building to 'memorialize' God. Thankfully and graciously, there is more to faith than memorializing, and if we are to be called Christian, we must find what is more to life and live it."
AMEN brother. You preach it.
Now let's all roll up our sleeves and get to work.
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