The Radical Reformission

Reformission Christians are not ashamed of the gospel, and they speak about Jesus and pray to him in front of their lost friends as they would around their Christian friends; and their lost friends appreciate their authenticity. Their lost friends are comfortable asking them questions about the Christian life, and these reformission Christians have earned the right to give answers as a result of their friendship and hospitality.1

People are increasingly busy, isolated, lonely, disconnected, and without any helpful solutions in the culture. The isolation is now so entrenched that many people don't know how to practice hospitality. This trend is even reflected in new architecture, which replaces large dining and living rooms designed for human contact with walk-in closets, home offices, and personal entertainment rooms. Here lonely people can watch sitcoms about friendships and reality-based shows in which characters pretend to interact with human beings, a thing apparently fascinating and foreign to many lonely, isolated individuals.2

Every culture has, in addition to worldliness, aspects of the good creation and the good image and likeness of God that people are made in. Because of this, there are elements in every culture that could be used to oppose God and his work on the earth but that are in and of themselves neutral and usable for either sin or worship. Examples include tasty food that could be used for either sinful gluttony or holy feasting, music that could be used for either idolatry or worship, and stylish clothing that could be used for either lust or beauty.3

Isn't this the same rut traveled in our day whenever something posing as the gospel emphasizes anything we must do for God over what God has done for us in Jesus? We also travel this rut whenever we impose man-made rules on people in the name of achieving holiness by avoiding sinners and hiding out in a a Christian culture. We travel this rut whenever we hold a self-righteous and judgmental attitude that sees the sin in others but not in ourselves.4

The following quote is interesting because it mirrors my own journey so closely. 30 years of age? Coming to a realization about alcohol?

So I never drank alcohol until I was thirty years of age. About that time, I was studying the Scrtiptures for a sermon about Jesus' first miracle of turning water into wine, as reported in John's gospel, a miracle that Jesus performed when he was about my age. My Bible study convicted me of my sin of abstinence from alcohol.5

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