John Eldredge writes in The Journey of Desire, "The greatest enemy of holiness is not passion; it is apathy." What's behind his comment is the belief that complacency has permeated even those in the Church. In other words, postmodernism has encouraged even believers to become less passionate about the things we used to care immensely about.
We hang pictures in our churches of what we think Jesus looked like. The pictures depict Jesus with docile lambs or children. After all, he's the giver of peace, right? After our own indoctrination, Jesus becomes the peaceloving pacifist always against controversy. We have an allusion of God in the Old Testament being the God of justice and wrath. In the New Testament, God becomes for us the "God of grace and peace." Deep down inside, we think of Jesus lacking any emotion. We glance over the temple narratives where Jesus threw the moneychangers out.
The fact is God showed just as much grace and peace in the Old Testament as He does in the New Testament. God shows as much justice in the New Testament as He did in the Old Testament. God created mankind in His image (Gen. 1:26). He created us with emotions. Psalm 69:9 reads, "It is zeal for your house that has consumed me." In the New Testament, we read, "The Lord is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentence." (2 Pet. 3:9)
Obviously, God in the flesh (Jesus Christ) was and is concerned about what God the Father was and is concerned about - the souls of mankind, the way man lives, and restoring things to the way they should be.
Surely, he expects the same from us!
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