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August 23, 2004



Hell, Greg, you are expecting Christians to be concerned with sins other than sex and drugs! Talk about idealism! :)



I'm on the verge of becoming a Pollyanna!


I can't help mentioning Bonhoeffer, since his warning that "cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our Church" is right in line with your two posts.

I love the passage in The Cost of Discipleship where Bonhoeffer skewers the kind of sophistry we Christians use to avoid obedience:

"When orders are issued in other spheres of life there is no doubt whatever of their meaning. If a father sends his child to bed, the boy knows at once what he has to do. But suppose he has picked up a smattering of pseudo-theology. In that case he would argue more or less like this: 'Father tells me to go to bed, but he really means that I am tired, and he does not want me to be tired. I can overcome my tiredness just as well if I go out and play. Therefore though father tells me to go to bed, he really means: "Go out and play."'"

As Bonhoeffer summarizes: "The elimination of single-minded obedience on principle is but another instance of the perversion of the costly grace of the call of Jesus into the cheap grace of self-justification."

I say I love these passages, but it's a fear-and-trembling kind of love.


It's rather like AA (which, oddly enough, along with Brendan Manning's books, has greatly influenced my faith rather than the opposite being true, hopefully nobody will spend much time deconstructing that). There are many things that may seem irrelevant or difficult or even silly, but the more you practice it the more it really works. (The AA phrase: It'll work if you work it.)
Perhaps better expressed in Wendell Berry's poem Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front:
Practice Resurection.


What is the practicality of Christianity if it isn't practiced? Christians have become whores of Christian rhetoric. Words mean nothing without actions. Sustained and consistant Chist-like actions in turn are what make a man or woman's words substanitive.

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