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Hope in the Heartland

  • No seconds; get it all the first time.
  • Never start a diet cold turkey; better lasagna or roast beef.
  • Vegetables are a must; eat carrot cake, zucchini bread, or pumpkin pie.
  • Try to cut back; leave the cherries off your hot fudge sundaes.
  • If none of this works, hang around people fatter than you.

No wonder Garfield the cat remains pudgy. Trying to design a diet plan that requires no real changes and no truthful evaluation is a waste of time. Spiritually speaking, our culture wants the same kind of non-threatening religious diet also. We want our theology sugary sweet, with no hint of the bitter truth in it … no convicting after-taste. We want to shape our Christianity to fit our lives rather than allow God to shape our lives to biblical Christianity. That way we can believe only the parts of the Bible that we find harmless; we can avoid any part of truth that is deemed controversial by the established media; we can attend church when we feel like it — and we feel like it less and less — and we can still live our lives the way we want.

When it comes to Biblical Christianity, we can either take it or leave it. We are all-in or we’re all-out; either for Jesus or against Him. Your church and your soul need you to decide which side you’re on.

Last modified Aug. 11, 2011

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