Guinness: the offense of the Cross
Commemoration of Samuel Seabury, First Anglican Bishop in North America, 1796
“Teacher,” he declared, “all these [commandments] I have kept since I was a boy.”
Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
—Mark 10:20-21 (NIV)
In an age when comfort and convenience are unspoken articles of our modern bill of rights, the Christian faith is not a license to entitlement, a prescription for an easy-going spirituality, or a how-to manual for self-improvement. The cross of Jesus runs crosswise to all our human ways of thinking. A rediscovery of the hard and the unpopular themes of the gospel will therefore be such a rediscovery of the whole gospel that the result may lead to reformation and revival.
... Os Guinness (b. 1941), Prophetic Untimeliness: A Challenge to the Idol of Relevance, Baker Books, 2003, p. 100 (see the book)
See also Mark 10:20-21; Matt. 7:13-14; 18:2-3; 19:20-21; Luke 13:23-24; 18:21-22
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, may Your Cross be known to all.
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