Thursday, January 19, 2012

Jesus & Religion (A Dialogue)

If you aren't among the 14 million+ people who have viewed Jefferson Bethke's You Tube video, check it out here:

Then, check out a helpful critique of the video by Kevin DeYoung here. There is much to commend in the video, and I think the overall intent is right on. However, there are some things that could be clarified better (as Bethke admits).

What I appreciate about the dialogue between DeYoung and Bethke is their mutual love for Christ, the church, and the Gospel and their desire to sharpen each other. We should all be open to helpful critique from other brothers and sisters in Christ, and if we happen to be the one offering critique, we must remember to "speak the truth in love." Our goal should never be to rip someone apart or win an argument, but to advance the Gospel and love others through the process.

This reminder from John Stott is helpful:

The proper activity of professing Christians who disagree with one another is neither to ignore, nor to conceal, nor even to minimize their differences, but to debate them.

We are “to maintain the truth in love,” being neither truthless in our love, nor loveless in our truth, but holding the two in balance.

—From John Stott, Christ the Controversialist (Downers Grove, Ill.:
InterVarsity Press, 1970), pp. 22, 19. HT: Justin Taylor

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