A Distorted Gospel

In Spirit Renewal by Rachel Schultz

A Distorted Gospel


“Unless the church of the Lord Jesus creates a counter-current to the drift of materialism, self-indulgence, and nationalism, Christians will merely adapt to the secular environment in a tragic distortion of the gospel, in which the words of Jesus are reinterpreted to mean anything, everything, and nothing.”

–Brennan Manning

Actually, this is exactly what has happened to Christianity in the West, and most certainly North America. Our culture is based on consuming things (lots of things). We throw away resources, including food, like there is no tomorrow. We worship at the alter of convenience and show little concern for how we treat the earth and its inhabitants.

Of all people, Christians should be conservative when it comes to the world and its limited supply of resources. As divinely appointed stewards, one day we will have to give an account for our actions and attitudes of wasteful consumption.

May God free us from the idea that our value is determined by how much we own!

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