11/15/05

Good article: Evangelicals and moral accountability

Here is an interesting article for people (or perhaps I should say "persons") who, like me, consider themselves Evangelical Christians. The author suggests that we have learned truncated forms of the Christian faith that leave us unprepared for rigorous Holy living and serious, daily self examination. This may be a more broad generalization of a diverse people than I am ready to make (just yet), but I think it is, at the very least, a good article to read and ponder:
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2005/011/27.88.html

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Anonymous Bethany said...

Interesting article....so evangelicals need to be more like Catholics, huh?

I hate to play devil's advocate with you all the time--okay, not really, I actually enjoy it!--but isn't this what we're trying to re-establish in Christianity in the post-modern culture? We encourage each other to have accountability partners and ask each other the hard questions. We even have Web based monitoring sites set up where you choose an accountability partner and they get updates on all questionable Web activity you do, so we can keep each other from falling into the temptation of pornography.
And let's look at Confession as a whole in Catholicism. Has it served to draw people closer to God? Or does it make them more legalistic and work bases to win salvation? And just because someone confesses something in a booth to a priest, do they really stop doing that sin? Think back on your experience with Catholics at LSU--I know my friends saw it as a get out of jail free pass--they could keep "sinning" and if they confessed they were good.
So, I don't think it's just confessing that needs to change, but the whole mindset of Christianity. We need to instill in youth a desire for holiness; a desire for God--a thrist for God as if they would die if they didn't drink of him.
We live in a fast food Starbucks instant society--and that's how we've begun to view Christianity. We pull up to a window, have our lessons all prepared for us by time we pull to the second window, have it in a nice package and are done within a few minutes. We've lost the desire for deep, intimate knowledge of God, for truly pleasing the loveer of our soul, for knowing him and his will. Unless we change our American mindset, confessing won't make a bit of difference.
--Your favorite LSU girl,
Bethany

11:24 PM, November 15, 2005  

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