Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I worry about some of my YRR friends...

Collin Hansen wrote a great little book detailing the rise of the popularity of Reformed theology among the younger generation of evangelicals called Young, Restless, and Reformed.  It's a fascinating account of those who fit into that category and those who have influenced them.

But I'm worried about folks who fall into that category.  There's a scary propensity in them (and in all of us, I know) to idolize those they follow or that which they believe or both.  It reminds me of something...

I appeal to you brothers, by the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree though not necessarily about every jot and tittle, every application, every ministry model, every tertiary point, every Bible translation, every worthwhile conference, every podcast, or every option for children's church, but that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and same judgment.  For it is quite obvious on blogs and comment sections of blogs and T4G conferences that there is quarreling among you, my brothers.  What is obvious (to everyone who doesn't absolutely agree with you on every point) is that some of you claim you follow Piper, some are Ligonierists, some drink with Chandler and Driscoll while others abstain with Mohler, some continue with Mahaney while others cease with MacArthur, but at least none are Rick Warren.  Some sit on the sidelines and smugly claim to follow Jesus, which is hard to do when you're not actually doing anything that He did...Instead, let us remember that Christ didn't send the Gospel into the world to convince them of Calvin's best 4 or 5 or 6 or 7 points, depending on how you read it.  He sent the Gospel into the world through untrustworthy folks like us that it might truly be the power of God unto salvation for all who believe.  (my adaptation of 1 Cor. 1.10-17)

Let's follow Jesus.  I don't mean that in some amorphous, spineless manner.  I mean let's say what He said and do what He did.  Let's become like Him.  Above all, let's worship Him, not some theological system which, when worshipped, makes bigger brains but smaller lives.

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