Friday, July 24, 2009

Horoscopes for the People of God?

This lunchtime I almost vomitted.
"You must confront your giant head-on. The Bible says: "As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran... to meet him" Don't run away, don't try to negotiate, don't compromise and don't excuse. Force your giant out into the light and don't let him back into your life. Establish boundaries and make yourself accountable. Stay out of the wrong company. Above all, don't look at God in the light of your giant, look at your giant in the light of God"

"We think our current sizzle-free status is proof that romantic love is dead and the dream forever lost. That's because we confuse romance with love. Romance brings people together, but love keeps them together. People who love each other can make romance live again- at any age or stage. "You have left behind your first love" (Rev 2:4). It didn't leave you. It didn't die. A new partner is not the solution. You'll find romance where you left it. ... You were the magic. What you did fueled the romance, then you stopped doing it and the flame subsided. But the pilot light still burns and remembering the heights releases positive, faith-inspiring chemistry that can move you to actions that will fan the flame into fire again."
Just two extracts from a devotional Bible study guide that was given to us recently. If this is the diet that Christians feed on daily then God help us. It's horoscopic poison for souls meant to feed upon the good food of the gospel. We have got to eat better than this - to stay believing the gospel, to even begin to rigorously engage with the world and bring the gospel of Jesus to it as something more than saccharine and horoscopes.