I have had the great pleasure of working with people who are on Tim Keller’s staff. I have great admiration for Tim bringing back his Lutheresque theology to the Presbyterian Church.
As in the days of Luther, Tim’s gospel-centric message will be embraced by sinners seeking a savior but thrown out as too soft on sin by the religious order… and they will find words to describe this. We need to expect this in advance. The reason for this, in my opinion is that Tim, with his grace and mercy Jesus narrative that sees his theological perspective through the eyes of Jesus Christ, sees sin at a deeper level. He does not just see worldly sin but he also sees religious sin. And, of course, if we are not like-minded with people who only see worldly sin… then we are not on the same side as them. Whatever!
Its is an important trait for a Christian to have … to see even what many Christians see as small sins, or maybe even completely blind to religious sin, as maybe the biggest sin of them all.. this is the enabler for maintaing a grace and mercy narrative in our lives.
Lord, help me to see even my small sins as the biggest sins of them all! Thanks be to Jesus for his sacrifice because I need to repent every week.