In the grand tradition of Congress, I want to revise and extend my remarks from Wednesday …
So, gentle reader, I urge you to consider Christâ€™s words here, echoed by me: if youâ€™re going to fast from something for the Lenten season, keep it between you and God. Iâ€™m not quite convinced that fasting stores up treasures in heaven, but I am convinced that it can put us in the proper frame of mind for doing good works in Christâ€™s name and through His ability, which certainly does.
The “… keep it between you and God …” bit is what I want to discuss here. After discussing the silence of this topic with my friend Kari, I came around to her way of seeing things, which is that it would be good to discuss such things inside a community of believers. In fact, it’s probably a good idea to do so, assuming that you can all keep each other in check to keep from puffing up.
I’m confident that I could do this with my present congregation; I loved Larry’s sermon on Wednesday night about how we need to be real with each other about our sinful nature. It was a real and honest sermon, which is all I’ve come to expect from him. Thankfully, I’ve been able to find a succession of churches that don’t buy into “feel-good” Christianity that comes dangerously close to heresy and apostasy.
I’d like to thank Kari for being unafraid to challenge me on this.