Thursday, March 5, 2009

Why Do You Think This Idea For A Gospel Tract Was Rejected?

A friend of mine sent this to me this morning and later commented:

"A great image. Here is another reason why the biblical Gospel call is the great embarrassment of what goes under the name of "Christianity" in the modern world: it doesn't fit the assumption that God is there to make you happy and full. Instead, only as we suffer like Christ will we be glorified with him (Rom. 8:17). But that doesn't sell very well in the marketplace. It won't bring lots of people in. And it sure doesn't fit our ideas of "God's wonderful plan for my life."

For more on the theology of suffering, see the feature article "Called to Suffering" by Theodore Georgian here.

The irony of the gospel is that God's wonderful plan for you life is suffering that leads to exaltation and glory. Despite what our flesh tells us and what we see on TV by the "Health and Wealth" charlatans, the two are not opposed to one another.

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