Friday, December 16, 2005

Amusing the world to death...

Rosemary and Milton spotted Rob's post on Media & the Gospel. Its very good. As a lover of films I'm challenged, not so much to abandon the pursuit altogether but to examine my life. A created Universe can be enjoyed and appreciated, but nonetheless I do not exist to be amused.

Titus is challenged by Paul (Titus 2v7-8) to have a seriousness in his life and ministry. Stott's commentary on Titus notes the comments of Lloyd-Jones:
"I confess freely, I cannot understand a jocular evangelist... God back and read the lives of the mean whom God has used in the mightiest manner, and you will invariably find that they were serious men, sober men, men with the fear of the Lord in them"
(considering Romans 1 where God's wrath is mentioned 10 times)
Likewise Richard Baxter:
"...you cannot break men's hearts by jesting with them"
As I think about training students as Christian leaders seriousness is strangely lacking in many, particularly among young men. Having fun and being entertained are higher priorities from preachers, times of worship and life in general than the blood-earnest seriousness of the gospel. Those who have seriousness shine above them. O for more young men to embrace the gospel with due seriousness. (And I say men because it appears that young women often have more seriousness about them, though also there we need more too).

The spring term has two priorities for me. One is evangelism, a deeply serious matter. The other is beginning to work with around 60 new student leaders on my patch. A matter also requiring much seriousness.

See also: Evangelism like Jesus