Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Judgmntalism


        We make judgements and express opinions all the time, and rightfully so, but David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons in their book Unchurched offer us a definition of something that moves beyond that- Judgmentalism.  Judgmentalism is when we point out something wrong in someone else’s life in such a way that it results in condemnation rather than transformation.  Condemnation has a finality to it that closes the door on relationships and leaves no room for God to work through us in other people’s lives.  It is abandoning a person when what they really need is for us to embrace them. 

         Judging and condemning others in this way is therefore the last thing we Christians should want to do.  As followers of Christ, we are to love unconditionally knowing that God’s love is unconditional, and like God, we are to want the best for others and be willing to act to bring it about. 

                                              Father Rob

Holistic and Intentional Christianity


Day by day,
Dear Lord, of thee three things I pray:
To see thee more clearly, Love thee more dearly,
Follow thee more nearly,
                                                Day by Day.
       Words to Hymn 654, Hymnal 1982

         Christian maturity is seeking and living in a holistic (a complete and comprehensive) fellowship with Christ and our fellow Christians.  The hymn above, derived from a prayer composed by the 13th Century English bishop, Richard of Chichester, describes such a faith. The formula for holistic Christianity is simple: 1) intimately and regularly communing with God; 2) intentionally growing in our knowledge and love of God; 3) faithfully serving God by following His Holy Spirit into the world. You can hear these things in the Richard of Chichester’s prayer.

         What is also reflected in his prayer is the critical ingredient of intentionality, which is the day-by-day pursuit of God who first pursued us.  Our secular culture tends to swallow us up and make us something other than holistic and intentional followers of Christ.  When it does, the Enemy is well pleased.                                                       Father Rob