Foolish Fridays 15
Brennan Manning in his The Importance of Being Foolish now continues his laser beam on ourselves and he identifies our idols. He notes,
Disinclined to renounce managerial control of our own lives and unwilling to run the risk of living in union with Yahweh, we seek personal security and reassurances in rituals, devotions, liturgies and prayer meetings.
The point here hurts as Manning is aiming that laser beam right at us who claim the label Christian and our churchly practices.
Paul speaks to this very idea,
The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash — along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant — dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ — God’s righteousness. Philippians 3:7-9, The Message.
Where are our hearts? If they are not focused on the righteousness of Christ, being in right relationship with Him, what have we gained?
What do you think?
Be blessed and be a blessing.