J. Gordon Duncan

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God’s Economy is Not About Flipping Houses

From Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s “God’s Economy” – food for thought.

In the neighborhood where I live, people sometimes “flip” a house to make a quick buck. They buy it cheap because it’s in bad shape, but rather than fix the structural issues that compromise the house’s integrity, they just put some fresh paint on the walls, install a few flashy fixtures, and slap some new vinyl siding on the outside. The house often looks fantastic, but underneath the flash it’s still the same old shack.

This is what the powers and principalities conspire to do in our lives. They seek to convince us that Jesus is vinyl siding, a quick-fix for turning our lives around. Christianity becomes a way to clean up and make ourselves look respectable in the eyes of others, while all the while we’re still on the path toward death. Christians do business more or less like everyone else, but we do what we do “in God’s name.” If truly following God’s call to abundant life makes Christians into well-adjusted middle-class citizens, it makes you wonder how Jesus ever got himself executed.

This article also appears at the Raleigh Examiner. Read it there and help me earn a penny.

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December 2, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. “If truly following God’s call to abundant life makes Christians into well-adjusted middle-class citizens, it makes you wonder how Jesus ever got himself executed.”
    That’s a great line! Reminds me a quote I read recently by the Christian philosophy prof Douglas Groothuis: “The Kingdom of God does not advance through comfortable people doing comfortable things and planning yet more comfort.”

    Comment by Tim Burden | December 2, 2009 | Reply


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