Skip to main content

Stuck to the Cross

Last night Katie and I were blessed to attend a concert at CCU with some friends from church. Overall it was a very uplifting experience and was a great chance to enjoy quality Christian music and remember what was really important in this life.

The evening was sponsored by LiveLove who advocates for social justice globally. There was a 22 year old girl who spoke about her call to minister to girls in brothels in Greece, where women are regularly objectified and men are encouraged to visit brothels by peers and parents alike.

There were some other crazy empowering stories that people shared about getting muddy in the trenches of Christendom working with the impoverished and underprivileged, but you can check out those stories on their website if you want to learn more there.

The thing that I was really struck with while listening to the Christian artists was an overwhelming sense of forgiveness for my sins. I strive to live a life free of sin in my day-to-day routine that I frequently don't feel the power of God's grace and forgiveness regularly because I am not "dependent" on it regularly (in a very hypocritical tone, if you catch my drift).

The band Rush of Fools played a song "Nailed to the Cross" during which I was remembering past sins and felt an overwhelming sense of forgiveness as the words flashed by "my debt is nailed to the cross, it is long gone."

But as we sang through the chorus on repeat I was struck with how egocentric the song sounded. Yes, it is true that my sin is nailed to the cross and it is true that I am forgiven and that is a very good thing. #BUT, what about reaching others? What about a challenge for righteous living? What about a challenge to do more than think about myself and my own good-standing with God?

I fear that we tend to sing songs and like messages that talk about forgiveness, acceptance, and self-righteousness. Where are the songs that declare "I'm forgiven and therefore I can go tell other people about Your love"? Are we encouraging a culture in which we sin, repent, and stay clinging to the cross, ashamed or afraid to move forward into the world? Are we so stuck on singing songs about the cross that we forget to move forward from the cross into the world as a changed and renewed person?

Don't get me wrong, I am all about the cross. I am all about forgiveness. I am all about the message of redemption presented through Christ's suffering. But I am also all about living a life devoted to serving Him, following His leading, and reaching the world to meet their needs and to shine His light in the darkest places.

Christians need to realize that God is calling us beyond forgiveness into righteous living. Let's nail our debt to the cross and then live according to the same sacrificial spirit that put Jesus willingly on the cross. Let's not get stuck to the cross but rather get stuck with the notion of preaching the gospel of the cross.


Popular posts from this blog

Xmas parties

When you throw two Christmas parties over the course of 2 days to two different music groups at church, and you only get a .231 appearance it really worth it?

Rent to Own Garages of Greatness

I've recently come into a great partnership. I have often wanted a place to store my tools and keep my car dry on rainy days. But I haven't figured out a good way to pay for such an expensive proposition. Of course I could build one, but I recently found that there is a company here in Ohio who builds these garages for a small mark-up and will deliver it ready to use.

Cincy Sheds offers these garages for sale or in a rent-to-own option. You pay 36 payments on a monthly basis of somewhere around $500 and you own the garage at the end of everything.

Why pay to have storage space at some location at a big storage facility when you can have a storage unit brought to your house? And these look classy too!


Running Start

"The worst that could happen is wet shoes and a broken ankle."
Those were the encouraging words Katie offered as we walked around the backside of the pond a second time.

On the front side of the pond was a little island, about 7 feet away from the shoreline. It appeared to be the home for the geese and ducks who flocked about the water that warm winter day. From a distance it looked like an easy jump to make it from the bank to the island, but the closer I got to the edge of the pond, the further the jump appeared to be. I definitely knew I wouldn't be able to make the distance from a standing jump but I felt fairly confident I could make the jump with a running start.

If it was just a matter of jumping from point A to point B, I would have attempted the jump with no hesitation, but there was some risk involved. Wet shoes, a broken ankle, and wounded pride were all fairly low risks overall, but still, it was enough to make me second-guess my parkour abilities.

So I decid…