Saturday, July 21, 2007

Smoke and mirrors

Matthew Parris - The sad truth: appearance is the new reality: Our age is suffering from an authenticity crisis

In the week of (no) cash for honours and no winners for phone in's, Matthew Parris is on form in today's Times. He diagnoses a crisis of authenticity. We want reality but we don't seem to be able to find it.

People have charged Christians with hypocrisy for years for faking that we're spotless when really we're just forgiven sinners. We'd do well to be a bit more honest with ourselves, our God and our world. What do I think I'm doing if I spin the gospel? Who am I trying to fool?

Likewise when it comes to presenting God's good news to his world a little less spin and a little more plain speaking would probably be helpful. Paul was at pains to stress that we are not those who deceive the world, twisting words but rather commending the good news of Jesus to the consciences of those who listen. What do I think I'm doing if I spin the gospel? Who am I trying to fool?

The glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ needs no spin.

1 comment:

  1. Dave,

    For no apparent reason I was thinking of Matthew Parris, and his view of ethics in particular, literally two minutes before reading your post...

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