Monday, October 22, 2007

The sin of boring people with God

"...imagination is a Christian duty is that when a person speaks or writes or sings or paints about breathtaking truth in a boring way, it is probably a sin. The supremacy of God in the life of the mind is not honored when God and his amazing world are observed truly, analyzed duly, and communicated boringly. Imagination is the key to killing boredom. We must imagine ways to say truth for what it really is. And it is not boring. God's world - all of it - rings with wonders. The imagination calls up new words, new images, new analogies, new metaphors, new illustrations, new connections to say old, glorious truth. Imagination is the faculty of the mind that God has given us to make the communication of his beauty beautiful.
Imagination may be the hardest work of the human mind. "
God is not Boring

7 comments:

  1. Totally agree. But when it comes down to it I know a whole bunch of folk for whom it is a bigger sin for me to be unclear than to be dull. Gotta risk a lack of clarity from time to time for the sake of the beauty.

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  2. Agreed, clarity is very important. Making what God has revealed obscure is at least as bad.

    I guess we can try to aim for both when attempting to portray the majesty of God.

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  3. yep, Amen! Far too many churches bore people to their deaths, never bringing them true Life!

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  4. Reminds me of a Marcus Honeysett comment at BEC one year - that preaching error well is clearly an abomination to the Lord, and preaching glorious truth as if it were boring is also an abomination to the Lord. But I think Piper gets Edwards off that hook by pointing out how even if his delivery was dull, the words he delivered were chosen to show the glory of the content. Hmm.

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  5. Surely there is a sense in which the Gospel is never boring and if people find a true presentation of it boring it is their darkened minds?

    (I'm not sure I totally believe this, but it's a commonly held view amongst Calvinists)

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  6. The gospel itself is never at fault... but we have a uncanny ability to make the extraordinary gospel sounds and seem ordinary, when nothing could be further from the truth. Everything else is shadows and dreams compared to the glory of the gospel. Let it show!

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  7. It occurs to this calvinist that sometimes we use the reality of darkened hearts as an excuse for our poor efforts... just as it's easy for me to slate a sermon for being poor, but it's also entirely possible that the problem wasn't with the sermon but with my heart.

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