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My uncle died four years ago in the home he was raised in, the home his grandfather built. Our family farm has been owned by a Carlson for more than 100 years. With the exception of a small stint in the Navy, my uncle lived either on that farm or a mile away on another farm, both of which were on the outskirts of a 900-person town. All his kids graduated from the same high school he did.
He never owned a computer or wrote an email. Near the end of his life he upgraded to a flip phone. I don’t think we ever talked on the phone for more than a few minutes, but we did spend a lot of time together.
Would you want to be his pastor?
My uncle was a godly man, but not in the way some think about it. He wasn’t an evangelist, a Bible study leader, or even a big reader. His prayers were short and meaningful. He carried the same KJV Bible his entire adult life and listened to David Jeremiah and Charles Stanley regularly. He didn’t get involved in church leadership. It wasn’t his thing.
Types - Christians - Rap - Believers - Commitment
These types of Christians sometimes get a bad rap from young believers. Where was his radical commitment to Christ? Where was his passion for the nations? Why wasn’t he reading any good books? What was my uncle’s problem?
Perhaps Paul was giving the Thessalonians an easy way out when he wrote the following?
Course - Passage - Time - People - Situation
Of course, this passage was written at a certain time to a certain people in a certain situation. But were they not facing many of the same issues and scenarios as we do today?
The type of questions listed above move us into dangerous territory when we begin to compose benchmarks for godliness. Sometimes our soaring rhetoric helpfully rallies the...
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