Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Aldrich: caricatures of Christianity (II)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
    Commemoration of Felix, Bishop, Apostle to the East Angles, 647
    Be joyful always.
    —1 Thessalonians 5:16 (NIV)
    “To become a Christian, I must give up everything that I enjoy.” This is a partial truth. His observations may have led him to conclude that Christians never have any fun. The caricature could be stated this way. “Christians are negative people. I don’t want to be so negative, therefore, I don’t want to be a Christian.” Unfortunately, some Christians act in ways that reinforce the caricature... You can be the key to eliminating this distortion.
    ... Joseph C. Aldrich (1941-2009), Lifestyle Evangelism, Multnomah Press, 1981, p. 215 (see the book)
    See also 1 Thess. 5:16; Matt. 5:3-12; 25:21; Luke 2:10; 24:52-53; John 17:13; Acts 8:8; 13:52; Rom. 5:2,11; 14:17; 15:13; Phil. 4:4; 1 Pet. 1:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have given me every reason to be joyful.
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