Part 7. To call oneself a Christian is to assume a life dedicated to following the model Jesus set out for us. We all know Jesus came to die for us, but the Cross was not the entirety of His mission. As Jesus began His ministry, He was very specific about announcing that mission. We need to be reminded of it, and take our place in doing the same.
Part 6. What happens when you look at the sun for too long? It blinds you. The pursuit of Purity can have the same effect. We need to let go of to-do lists and learn to live in the promise that we are children of God.
(Note: Our apologies for the quality of this recording. A sound line was unplugged.)
Part 5. Those who live in the lane of Purity have a hard road ahead of them. Maintaining that life is a lot of work. We volunteer for it, accept it, but miss so much more of what Christ promises and gives to us. If we don’t learn how to change lanes, our lives will weaken and suffer.
Late last week the Supreme Court of Canada made a monumental ruling. It will put Canada and its people under a microscope. Though it does not take effect for the next twelve months, those months will be filled with debate, concern, and the drafting of interpretations and regulations on national and provincial levels.
If you didn’t hear about it, the Court’s decision lifts the ban on doctor-assisted suicide. (CBC News article; CTV News article; Global News article). The ruling brought cheers and concerns. Though the ruling was very specific, it isn’t freely accepted and triumphed.
As Christians we can be loud when issues like this hit the spotlight. We consider ourselves champions of life. I found it interesting that the Court used the Charter of Canada to explain how their decision puts them on the same side, defending life. Before we start banging on doors and shouting through megaphones, we should stop and consider what drives a people to desire such a law. You might be surprised at how your response will change.
Part 4. We begin looking at the lane of Purity and find out how it has driven us as Pentecostals so far down the road. Purity is essential to godly living and knowing God, but it has a purpose. We have turned it into something God didn’t intend, and so we misuse and abuse it.