Saturday, September 4, 2010

On the “take two verses and call me in the morning” approach

Dr. Mike Emlet of CCEF has written a three-part blog series on how not to use "Bible Bandaids" when interacting with our Saint-Sufferer-Sinner friends. After all, as 'reformed' Christians we rightly  consider ourselves simultaneously Saint and Sinner (Simul Justus et Peccator). Dr. Emlet insightfully adds Sufferer to our identity, which greatly aids the hypothetical conversation that he shares in post #3.
Here are links to the posts:
And here are a few excerpts:

"If you tend to view the Bible as a sourcebook for timeless principles in living, you might turn to 1 Cor. 6:18—“Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.” . . . Or, if you tend to mine the pages of Scripture for examples to follow or avoid you might think of Samson and way in which his heart was led astray by Delilah (Judges 16). Or, if you tend to view the Bible in systematic theological categories, you might engage your student in a discussion of how a holy life is a necessary outgrowth of justification (e.g. James 2:17). Any of these uses of Scripture might be beneficial to your teen, and none are wrong in and of themselves. But something is missing. Or better, someone is missing: the person of Jesus Christ!"
". . . each person—including Joel—is wrestling in some way with two problems. The first is the problem of identity and purpose: who am I and what in the world should I be doing? (This corresponds to God’s address to us as saints.) The second is the problem of evil: evil from outside ourselves (which corresponds to our experience as sufferers) and evil from within ourselves (which corresponds to our experience as sinners.)"
". . . by approaching people as saints, sufferers, and sinners, we are better prepared to bring the riches of Scripture to bear on the realities of life. No more Bible bandaids "
(His posts were adapted from the book: CrossTalk: Where Life & Scripture Meet, New Growth Press, 2009 -- It's going on my "Want To Read" list, right away! )

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