Roundup: Being Christlike in political discourse; polygamy in the OT; Indian depictions of Christ; how to be a good neighbor

“7 Things Christians Need to Remember About Politics” by Bryan Roberts: “Political discourse is the Las Vegas of Christianity—the environment in which our sin is excused. Hate is winked at, fear is perpetuated and strife is applauded. Go wild, Christ-follower. Your words have no consequences here. Jesus doesn’t live in Vegas.”

“Polygamy in the Bible: A Sordid Tale” by Lionel Windsor: “A large number of people (maybe as a result of ineffectual communication by Christian teachers) think the Bible—and especially the Old Testament—is just a list of moral commandments, along with some stories to give us examples of how to be good.” Not so.

“A Brief History of Visual Contextualization in India: A.D. Thomas”: “Thomas’ portrayals of Christ generated a lot of debate within Indian Christian circles. The debates revolved around whether his depictions of Christ were ‘too Hindu, or Buddhist, or even effeminate’ (Butler, p. 130). What ‘too Hindu or Buddhist’ meant was that Thomas’ depictions of Jesus were too peaceful, showing no hint of emotional struggle or disharmony. In this sense, Jesus appeared too much like the Buddha, who emphasized detachment from worldly desires.”

“Book Review: The Art of Neighboring” by Tim Challies: Ouch—I’ve been living in the same house for the last fifteen months, and I failed this test miserably. “Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon . . . premise their book upon this simple question: When Jesus told us love our neighbors, what if he meant our actual neighbors, the people who live closest to us? They explain that Christians have long been making ‘neighbor’ into a safe metaphor that allows us to believe we are carrying out the Lord’s command when we visit soup kitchens and do acts of kindness to complete strangers. The problem, as they explain it, is that ‘when we aim for everything, we hit nothing.’”

Unlike Christ:  See video below.

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One Response to Roundup: Being Christlike in political discourse; polygamy in the OT; Indian depictions of Christ; how to be a good neighbor

  1. joel says:

    Thank you for introducing me to so many wonder FULL sites and others of your community. Joy and Wonder.

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