Thursday, July 22, 2010

"Dumbing Down"

I was reading an article about the "Dumbing Down" of the Gospel (link) and I thought it made some pretty interesting points. It is basically about how the way we have summarized the gospel to those we witness too has changed dramatically since the industrial revolution.

New Way: The Four Laws
1. God's Love (John 3:16)
2. Our Sin (Romans 3:23)
3. His Plan (Romans 5:8)
4. Our Response (John 1:12)

Old Way: Relationally Contextualized
"You are the bride to the Bridegroom, and the Bridegroom is Jesus Christ. You must eat of His flesh and drink of His blood to know Him, and your union with Him will make you one, and your oneness with Him will allow you to be identified with Him, His purity allowing God to interact with you, and because of this you will be with Him in eternity, sitting at His side and enjoying His companionship, which will be more fulfilling than an earthly husband or an earthly bride. All you must do to engage God is be willing to leave everything behind, be willing to walk away from your identity, and embrace joyfully the trials and tribulations, the torture and perhaps martyrdom that will come upon you for being a child of God in a broken world working out its own redemption in empty pursuits." - Donald Miller



  1. Do you know that all your links and rollovers are pink?....just sayin'

  2. It isn't just the gospel that has been dumbed down for our society--everything has! The beautiful thing about the gospel though, is that it can be understood from a variety of perspectives and thought processes. Whether you prefer concrete thought such as the four laws, or more abstract relational views, each way legitimately points you in the direction of Christ.