Wednesday, December 26, 2012
The Biggest Pronoun Of All
There is too much of a "me" focus in evangelical Christianity today, said an editor of The Gospel Project and author of "Counterfeit Gospels: Rediscovering the Good News in a World of False Hope (2011)."
In a webcast on Wednesday explaining LifeWay Christian Resources' The Gospel Project, Trevin Wax, managing editor of the project, told listeners that "the Bible is not a self-help book," which is why The Gospel Project is more than just a curriculum or self-help guide.I happen to think that is entirely true. I think the heart of the Christian life is learned to move ones focus off of oneself. But having said that I wonder if a) such a message can be contained in a curriculum, and b) if selling said curriculum is not counter to the message ti is trying to portray.
Learning to be less self-focused is really a matter of character, not learning. Character is not a fact that can be stored away and pulled out when useful. It is developed in someone through life and guidance. That is a matter than can only be accomplished in relationship, not curriculum.
Paul stated in his epistles that he had a right to demand compensation, and he did, but he refused so as not to compromise his message. I wonder if we might not want to consider a similar approach when it comes to our Christian message. I wonder if putting the message in front of the compensation ("Here have this curriculum and donate as you see fit.") does not validly illustrate the principle it is trying to teach.
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