I once heard that the worst way to start a sermon was by beginning with a definition.
I suppose I can see how that is mundane, but it reminds me of something Voltaire said, “If you want to converse with me, first define your terms.”
So allow me to mix my thoughts on being a disciple (Christian) with the atheistic and humanistic philosopher as I continue…
Merriam-Webster.com offers one definition as, “: to urge acceptance or abandonment of an idea or course of action; specifically : to exhort in an officious or tiresome manner.” I’m not sure that I agree with the “tiresome manner” part, although I have certainly witnessed and been guilty of that failure.
I have decided that my preaching, whether from the pulpit (which I don’t use) or my conversations are going to be focused on something deeper than behavior management (sin management). I have came to view behavior management as a pitfall of preaching. (For you conservative evangelical types hang with me).
I certainly believe that self control is a necessary part of human life, and the spiritual life of a Christian disciple. However, behavior management focuses on the symptoms and doesn’t address the problem. I am consciously going to address address avoiding that pitfall.
I am going to begin focus on preaching this core message…”We were created for so much more than we have settled for.”
Reader, (Christian or non-Christian) you are created for more than you have settled for.
Church, we are created for so much more than we have settled for.
Humanity, we are created for so much more than we have settled for.
Government, you are created for so much more than you have settled to be.
The good news (Gospel message) is this…you settled for less than you were created to be. Jesus came to show us what we are missing out on. Jesus came to give that opportunity back to us. Jesus came to redeem and restore us from what we settled for so we could again have the relationship with God he and each other He created us to have.
We are created for so much more than we settle for.