Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Peculiar People I

The White Horse Inn guys have done it again. Their last show was on the weirdness of Christianity. The basic point is that evangelicalism has scrubbed Christianity clean of weirdness where we’re supposed to be weird and become weird where we’re supposed to be normal. If you don’t have a clue what I mean, you’ll have to listen to the show.

Michael Horton read a passage from the Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus which was written in the early second century AD. I was first introduced to this document in Seminary thanks to my history professor at ACTS Seminary, Dr. Ken Davis.

One sentence might give a bit of the flavor of this document. Speaking in defense of the weird Christians, the author says, “Every foreign land is to them as their native country, and every land of their birth as a land of strangers.” This is from Chapter V, which I encourage you to read.

As Christians, we should not fit in to the world in terms of its priorities and morality. On the other hand, we ought to be good citizens, notable for our honesty and goodness. We should not stand out because we are weird, but rather we ought to be considered weird because we fear God.

To be continued.

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