This idea of the Spirit and Jesus being equal with God would be alien to the Muslim or the Jew who ask “How is that worshiping one God?” Many other religions worship many Gods. Christianity is unique in its doctrine of the Trinity.
What makes the current moral and sexual revolution so different from previous moral revolutions is that it is taking place at an utterly unprecedented velocity. Previous generations experienced moral revolutions over decades, even centuries. This current revolution is happening at warp speed. As the church responds to this revolution, we must remember that current debates on sexuality present to the church a crisis that is irreducibly and inescapably theological.
All of us have had those moments when reading the Bible where what we read is not just hard to understand, but hard for us to like. So what should we do when we come up against those passages and parts of the Bible that just seem to be hard for us to embrace? Here are a few things to consider:
People sometimes ask me why I hang onto the moniker “evangelical” when it has become so sullied by the media and in the public mind—as synonymous with angry, right-wing religious politics and the “culture wars.” My answer is twofold. First, “evangelical” is so much a part of my personal identity that I can’t imagine giving it up. Second, I’m too stubborn to let people own it and take it away from me. However, as I look back I wonder what has happened to evangelical Christianity during my lifetime.
“The sinfulness of sin” sounds like a vacuous redundancy that adds no information to the subject under discussion. However, the necessity of speaking of the sinfulness of sin has been thrust upon us by a culture and even a church that has diminished the significance of sin itself.
Some days I wake up in my bedroom in Brooklyn and I just don’t know what to do, in an existential sense. Christianity gave me something to do. A large reason I converted to the faith as a teen was because I felt a weird void in my life, like something was missing that no relationship, amount of money, or enviable career could fill. The Christian message was packaged and sold to me as the only thing that could fill that void. And for six years, I let it.
I worry that far too many of us attach the name “Christian” to ourselves without ever really stopping to consider what that name implies or the demands that name makes (or should make) on our lives. we seem to feel free to call ourselves Christians so long as we simply believe that Jesus was the Christ.But is that really all that Christianity is about? Believing something the Bible says even the devil believes? Shouldn’t Christianity be more than just a list of beliefs? Shouldn’t it also be a particular way of life?
Using a process called vapor compression distillation, a single Slingshot can purify more than 250,000 liters of water per year, enough to satisfy the needs of about 300 people. And it can do so with any water source—sewage, seawater, chemical waste—no matter how dirty. For communities that lack clean water, the benefit is obvious, but to realize that potential, the Slingshot needs to reach them first.
The mantra of post-modern, post-Christian American culture is that judgment is bad. Keep your judgment to yourself, it says. After all, who am I to judge? But then, as it talks out of one side of its mouth, it turns hypocritically around and judges without grace the words and actions of someone it deems to be wrong.