Weakness in Strength. Strength in Weakness

Recent events unveil, for those who want to look, a fundamental difference in the identity and work of Muhammad and Christ Jesus. John Piper picks this up in a recent article. The very thing which we as Christians glory in – the suffering and ignominy of our Saviour on the cross – is the very thing that Islam cannot bear. Says Piper,

[A] religion with no insulted Savior will not endure insults to win the scoffers. It means that this religion is destined to bear the impossible load of upholding the honor of one who did not die and rise again to make that possible. It means that Jesus Christ is still the only hope of peace with God and peace with man. And it means that his followers must be willing to “share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death” (Philippians 3:10).

Every political event in this country which highlights a moral or religious issue simply confirms to me that the Christian action necessary to alleviate these problems is not concerted effort to lobby for legislation, education or policy. Rather it is the task of singlemindedly bearing Christ’s name before men and women whatever comes our way and boldly declaring the good news of the gospel.

Weakness in Strength. Strength in Weakness

2 thoughts on “Weakness in Strength. Strength in Weakness

  1. Dan B. says:

    I echo your sentiments. Many branches of Christianity (and even those outside Christianity) have thought, especially within the last few centuries, that social reform will solve the problem. However, as Christians here in America have labored hard through various political and moral actions, society has continued to rebel against such notions. Methodism and the Salvation Army seemed to think such reform was paramount, but I’m sure you have a better idea than I on the current state of the faith in Britain.

    The heart is what must be reformed, and that comes through the grace of God, by faith, through the preaching of the Gospel to men. To do otherwise is to appeal to a sense of morality that is likely not there, and which more importantly doesn’t save.

  2. rev-ed says:

    Well put, Stephen. We cannot change society’s heart except by changing one heart at a time. Of course we cannot do that either, but the Holy Spirit does… one heart at a time.

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