Scott Hodge


The Good News?

Aug 3, 2010

How is it that we’ve come to imagine that Christianity consists primarily in what we do for God? How has this come to be the good news of Jesus?  Is the kingdom that He proclaimed to be nothing more than a community of men and women who go to church on Sunday, take an annual spiritual retreat, read their Bibles every now and then, vigorously oppose abortion, don’t watch x-rated movies, never use vulgar language, smile a lot, hold doors open for people, root for the favorite team, and get along with everybody?

Is that why Jesus went through the bleak and bloody horror of Calvary?  Is that why He emerged in shattering glory from the tomb?  Is that why He poured out His Holy Spirit on the church?  To make nicer men and women with better morals?

The gospel is absurd and the life of Jesus is meaningless unless we believe that He lived, died, and rose again with but one purpose in mind: to make brand-new creations. Not to make people with better morals, but to create a community of prophets and professional lovers, men and women who would surrender to the mystery of the fire of the Spirit that burns within…

Brennan Manning, The Furious Longing of God

5 Responses to “The Good News?”

  1. Marc Millan says:

    Great perspective and truth, there is no doubt that many of us who claim the community of Christianity are missing something. After reading Crazy love(F.Chan) and Christian Atheist(C.Groeschel) no doubt I personally had it all wrong, needed to repent and get things right. Live a life of radical obedience, surrender, reflective of Love and kindness that reflects his image. That’s all I run after each day now.

  2. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Scott Hodge, jasonebeling. jasonebeling said: RT @scotthodge: what makes the gospel "good news"? some good thoughts by brennan manning. [...]

  3. mo says:

    Right on man…truth!

  4. Scott, as sad as it may be the reason is we tell the story this way. Much of our understanding of the Gospel is an appeasing of God, so our actions would then be a response to that. Are we surprised or even affected when people follow in line with the story we are telling?

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