Holiness Remix

Over at Justin Taylor’s blog you’ll find a short blurb from an interview with a church leader who is talking about sanctification (there’s also a link to the entire interview).  He highlights this section:

Sanctification here at The Village begins by answering two questions. What stirs your affections for Jesus Christ? And what robs you of those affections? Many of the things that stifle growth are morally neutral. They’re not bad things. Facebook is not bad. Television and movies are not bad. I enjoy TV, but it doesn’t take long for me to begin to find humorous on TV what the Lord finds heartbreaking.

The same goes for following sports. It’s not wrong, but if I start watching sports, I begin to care too much. I get stupid. If 19-year-old boys are ruining your day because of what they do with a ball, that’s a problem. These things rob my affections for Christ. I want to fill my life with things that stir my affections for him. . . .

We want our people to think beyond simply what’s right and wrong. We want them to fill their lives with things that stir their affections for Jesus Christ and, as best as they can, to walk away from things that rob those affections—even when they’re not immoral.

I thought it was so good I had to quote it here myself.

  1. Eric said:

    I love those questions! It’s really interesting because I was actually just thinking about this like an hour ago lol. In my case its Foosball. We have a Foosball table and today when I was trying to pray my mind kept wandering to Foosball…unacceptable.


  2. joshuasiders said:

    Ha! My favorite line: “If 19-year-old boys are ruining your day because of what they do with a ball, that’s a problem.” (Hello, K-State football!)

    Some people might say, “Well if it’s only Foosball that your mind wanders to, I’d say that’s okay.” But, then the point of living a life fully given to God is removing *all* of the obstacles. And, in the end, we find ourselves more loving, more joyful, less greedy and a much more free version of our self.


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