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September 21, 2010


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I agree, being a christian is a sacred but were only human who got sins anytime we want because were not perfect. You really need to sacrifice and have a heart to that so. Thanks for sharing !

Aaron Stern

joshmshep - true that Christianity isn't striving but I don't think this is encouraging that. It is talking about the difficulty of the personal death we must walk to find life in Christ. I liken it to Deitrich Bonhoeffer's quote "When Christ calls a man he bids him come and die."

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I also agree. Christianity also , is accepting Christ in, to your heart, to your mind and strength. Well done. Keep posting.


What about Jesus' statement, My load is easy and my burden is light?

Is Christianity about striving? I think Dave Grothe touches on this with the verse he posted

Aaron Stern

Eugene Peterson parallels the Gospel to the saying of Ezekiel (chapters 2 & 3) "The message is sweet in the mouth but sour in the stomach." No matter what nice sounding adjectives we put in front of the Gospel it always requires death.

Kristine McGuire

Short but powerful.

My favorite part is this: "Any attempt to water it down with feel-good adjectives is a slap in the face to those of us who still hold being a Christian sacred."

Aaron Stern

Keith - amen. A difficult word indeed as it flies in the face of our sinful nature and our desire to do whatever we please.

Dave - great verse, and it is true that we don't have to work for salvation, but it doesn't mean that we don't have to exert effort in our walk with God. That is why throughout the Scripture there are words like courage, strength, diligence, perseverance and self-control.

Keith Donaldson

"It hurts; being a Christian requires sacrifice and heart and guts." I'll add the one "modifier" that really makes Christianity unpalatable to the world and is altogether too often left out of any so-called "Gospel" conversation.


Dave Grothe

Matthew 11:29-30 (The Message)
28-30"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."

Aaron Stern

Emily - I will work on that.

Noelle - Well stated. It is the perseverance that is at times difficult though the "easier" ways ultimately are burdensome.

Mark - It is true that in our own strength that Christianity is difficult. Actually, it isn't even difficult on our own it is impossible.

Even with Christ I sometimes find the process of becoming like Christ a tough one. The word "burdensome", which could also be translated "oppressive", isn't defined as easy but rather as possible and tied to ultimate redemption therefore commands that are tied to hope.
Brooke - agreed. Thanks for posting a comment.

Emily Corley

There needs to be a "like" button on here! :)

Noelle Goodlin

I agree. I think to understand and walk out the heart of Christianity requires dying to oneself, being willing to undergo persecution, committing to stay on the narrow path when everything around you tempts in subtle and obvious ways that there is an "easier" option. If Christianity is a list of rules to follow and you believe that you can pull it off through moral acts of goodness, then yes, Christ is missing. If Christianity is a life of surrender, trust, hope and love in the face of everything that defies such things, then only with Christ will it be possible and even then it will require a tenacity that does not come easily. Great blog!

Mark Djikaw

'This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.'
1 Jn. 5:3-4

Christianity is the most difficult thing in the world when we do it of our own efforts, making a work of the experience of the Spirit. Jesus' yoke is easy and His burden light. Perhaps we may say that if Christianity is hard, odds are you've left Christ out.

Brooke Mikulas

Wow, that is extremely powerful. Especially knowing it was not written with Christianity in mind...

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