Wednesday, May 04, 2011

"Yes, there is a mean, violent streak in the true Christian life!  But violence against whom, or what?  Not other people!  It's a violence against all the impulses in our own selves that would make peace with out own sin and settle in with a peacetime mentality.  It's a violence against all lust in ourselves and all enslaving desires for food or caffeine or sugar or chocolate or alcohol or pornography or money or the praise of men and the approval of others or power or fame.  It's a violence against the impulses in our own soul toward racism and sluggish indifference to injustice and poverty and abortion.  Christianity is not a settle-in-and-live-at-peace-with-this-world-the-way-it-is kind of religion.  When Jesus said, "the truth will set you free" (John 8:32), he didn't mean without a battle.  He meant that truth would win the war of liberation in the soul.  Christianity is war.  It is a declaration of all-out combat against our own sinful impulses.  The apostle Peter said, "Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul" (I Peter 2:11).  To become a Christian is to wake up to the reality that our soul- the eternal joy of our soul- is at stake.  Therefore, Christianity is a mortal combat for true and lasting joy." - John Piper, When I Don't Desire God

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