The downside of evangelical American Christianity

My reading has me in Micah for a few days and as I read it I get this picture of Israel that the prophets portray over and over. Israel is “weary” of serving God. They have some sense of obligation, but they are in love with the gods of the age and want to pursue other lovers. Yet, they know Yahweh is there and they need to “appease” him. The question becomes: “Okay, God, what do you want? What’s it going to cost me this time?”

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The deepest seat of our deepest emotions

When our “hearts” (which is our English way of describing an ancient concept of the “deepest seat of our deepest emotions”) belong to Christ, there is such wonderful, beautiful change.

Paul describes it in Colossians 3:12-17.

When Christ rules the deepest seat of my deepest emotions, anger is shoved away and love takes its place. Bitterness is crushed and compassion flows in its place. No more resentment. Out flows mercy and kindness.

Let my life be filled with his glory and lived for his glory.

Why bother with the Old Testament?

The God of the Old Testament is so mean. He’s violent. He’s vengeful. The “God I know” wouldn’t ever be that way. The “God I know” would be more like this:

“I know that you are a merciful and compassionate God, very patient, full of faithful love, and willing not to destroy.”

Yes, sir, give me the real “God I know.” Give me that “New Testament” God.