Drinking Deeply

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 5:44 AM

Becoming all to win all

one quote, and one thought that flows out of the sermon that the quote came from:

Quote
Being in the world is not about being culturally relevant, but it's about being culturally engaged - Paul Poteat in a sermon at Bethlehem College and Seminary Chapel.
You can watch all the movies, read the newspapers, and listen to the music that the culture is taking in, but if you aren't involved in people's lives, if you aren't interacting with a goal to win people to Christ, then it's worthless.

Thought -

Oftentimes 1 Corinthians 9:22 is quoted by people who are more involved with the party scene, the movies, the "hip" scene, etc as a way to justify their involvement-
I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.
While I don't think that this verse is actually saying what they think it is saying, my major issue is that those people are not really applying the verse consistently. Why aren't they joining the chess club to reach out to the chess team? Why aren't they brushing up on their physics to reach the nerds and geeks of the world? Why aren't they trying to reach the socially awkward and physically unattractive (to the world)?

Why is it that to them, "becoming all things," means joining the "cool group" and the "accepted group" and the "interesting group"? And why is it not joining the outcast and the shunned? The people that everyone feels really awkward around?

1 Cor. 1:26-28

26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are.

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Blogger Children of God said...

Over the past few months I have pondered that very scripture.

During this time, I've seen people who have "church" in bars, create questionable videos, and engage in what I consider highly sinful conduct in order to "win" people to Christ.

I agree with you that those folks are taking what the Apostle Paul said completely out of context.

But I will let him speak for himself as he was was much more eloquent than I am about the subject:

"1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" (Romans 6:1,2).

"What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid" (Romans 6:15).

"But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid" (Galatians 2:17).

This is what our focus should be as followers of Christ:

"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world" (Galatians 6:14).

Thanks for the insightful post.  

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