I have often wondered why this centrality of the Gospel mode of operation (MO) is not followed more cloesely on Christian BLOGS. I go to a few BLOGS that get a lot more traffic and posts than mine… although I am not really in this to maximize numbers of hits. Paul, a friend of mine on another BLOG (http://leadingchurch.com/wordpress/) said its lonely preaching this stuff. I was listening to a sermon of Tim Kellers and he said the most popular followed BLOGS are the ones where people look down on others and see themselves as culturual or religious elites. To be honest with the sin and troubles I have struggled with I am not in this for anything like that at all.
I want to expose the idols in my life and then I hope others see in me the Gospel being played out. Let me say it now… I struggle with idols…. but I think I know what they are in me. I am not blind to them… or at least I do not think I am.
Well, I guess I am glad that I get only a couple of posters each month. When I have gotten posters they have been people that are hurting and looking for something real in their lives. Christ and what he did for us on the cross… the Gospel… is God giving us something real, something that touches us and changes us to our core. In the case where two people in a marriage can actualize the Gospel in their marriage…. marriages, people, and lives are transformed (Rom 12:1) because in view of Gods mercy for us on the Cross we begin to understand the depth of our sin and the depth of Gods love for us.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is…
We are more sinful and weak than we ever dared to admit and…
We are more loved and accepted than we ever dared to hope
We will never hunger for Christs’ beauty until we have seen the filth of our own vain efforts to make ourselves beautiful.