Holiness is not…

Posted: 23 November, 2010 in My stuff, Other people's stuff
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Don't let the image put you off; it was the best I could find on what holiness is not!

I posted a thin slice of this quote as a Facebook status some time ago.  I thought a  posting of the larger quote here might be helpful to some.

I am often surprised at the responses I get to Facebook updates.  Some times I post something that I think has something somewhat profound about it and there is not response by way of ‘likes’ or comments.  Then I will post up something about my laziness or my inability to fulfil a  commitment or the like and will get a  rush of hits on it, sometimes encouraging my laziness or reminding me in a  positive way of my failing humanity.  

I am sure that many of the same people read both. I am surprised and somewhat curious as to why one draws a  response and the other does not.   It would seem at times that we affirm the shallow and avoid the meaningful.

This post, at least the short version of it seemed to buck that trend.  My suspicion is that we respond to what is real in our own lives.  I am not suggesting that we are, therefore, all shallow but that it is more our frailty than than our profundity that connects us one to the other.  Perhaps this post reflects that in a far better way that I ever could.  We are blessed to have such honest as well as articulate men as Tom Wright among us.  Read and  reflect…

From a  church in Memphis Tennessee

Christian holiness is not (as people often imagine) a matter of denying something good. It is about growing up and grasping something even better. Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection. Made for joy, we settle for pleasure. Made for justice, we clamour for vengeance. Made for relationship, we insist on our own way. Made for beauty, we are satisfied with sentiment. But new creation has already begun. The sun has begun to rise. Christians are called to leave behind in the tomb of Jesus Christ, all that belongs to the brokenness and incompleteness of the present world. It is time, in the power of the Spirit, to take up our proper role, our fully human role, as agents, heralds and stewards of the new day that is dawning. That, quite simply is what it means to be Christian: to follow Jesus Christ into the new world, which he has thrown open before us.

NT Wright – Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense


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