April 7 – The Fallacy of Relevance


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The Fallacy of Relevance

“Before we are fit for the highest and best service, the molten metals of our nature must be run into God’s mold.” –Keith Knauss

There is an ever-increasing gap between Christian relevance and Christian effectiveness.  Most religious institutions and religious individuals are pursuing the efforts of being relevant in their culture and in their time.  Though such a notion is not inherently evil, it is a misdirection of Scriptural principle.  God is not concerned with His church being relevant to the world as much as He is concerned with them being effective in the world.

Light and salt change their environment, they do not cater to their environment.  The illumination of light and the preservation of salt does not vary from culture to culture.  Light is light no matter where it shines.  Salt is salt at every table.  Therefore, the call of God to His people is not one of relevance, but rather of effectiveness.

The only way an individual can embrace such a call is through complete and total obedience to his Lord.  Keith Knauss said it like this, “Before we are fit for the highest and best service, the molten metals of our nature must be run into God’s mold.”  The church does not have to be like the world to reach the world.  But the church must be like Jesus to reveal Jesus to the world.

Daily Reading: II Samuel 8-11

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