Preacher and Church say the worst thing you can do is have a “meaningless” “ordinary” life -What?!
By way of Dr Duncan’s Pajama Pages blog,
(Link): NewSpring gets its Catholic vibe on with its veneration of the saints this Easter
Dr. Duncan is rightfully concerned with the New Spring church’s emphasis on Zac, a now-deceased church staff member, especially in light of this being a sermon (or series of materials on their site) this church presented on Easter, or as an Easter- related curricula of sorts.
Yes, instead of pointing people to Jesus Christ, or teaching about Jesus’ death and Jesus’ resurrection, this church, New Spring, chose to make the Easter service all about this Zac person (who died in 2009, and my condolences to his family). However, that is not the basis for my post about this.
Quoting from Perry Noble’s church’s site via Pajama Pages blog (original source here (New Spring church site)):
- Thousands of people trusted in Jesus because of what [Zac] had to say. He could have just died. He could have been alive one minute, and gone the next. The worst thing is to have a meaningless, ordinary life
Where does the Bible teach that the “worst thing” is to have a “meaningless, ordinary life,” and who gets to determine what is “meaningless” and “ordinary?” Perry Noble? Who?
I surmise that Terry Schiavo (see link), who lived in a vegetative state for several years towards the end or her life – she apparently did not have higher brain functioning and spent her days in a hospital bed – did not have a “meaningless” or “ordinary” life.
The wino guy on the street who spends his day in a drunken stupor does not have a “meaningless” or “ordinary” life. A life “off track” perhaps, but not “meaningless.”
Why do I say this? Because if one adheres to a Judeo Christian world view, one realizes that all human life has value and is not “ordinary” or without meaning.
Jesus Christ died on the cross for every. single. human being (not just the “elect,” you Calvinists can cram it).
Every human being is made in the image of God and has a meaningful life, not just people who drive fancy cars, become famous sports stars, become multi-millionaires, or work as missionaries in Africa.
I’m not sure how Noble and these other “seeker friendly” church guys would define an “extra-ordinary” life, but I can guess, because I’ve seen this sort of swill before:
- (Link): Radical Christianity – New Trend That Guilt Trips American Christians For Living Average Lives
The Bible does not teach you have to go work as an impoverished missionary in India, own a mansion, or be CEO of a major corporation, or invent a gizmo that profits millions to be living a meaningful, extraordinary life.
As a matter of fact, the Bible says,
- 1 Thessalonians 4:11
11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,
“Live a quiet life.” Hmm. Nothing in there about becoming a world famous rock star, discovering the cure for cancer, or being an astronaut.
Not that I am suggesting it is wrong or un-biblical to become rich, wealthy, or famous, or to work as a missionary in a third world nation or in an inner city area, but that the Bible does not define those things as being extraordinary, expected of all Christians, or the criteria to have a “meaningful” life.
One of my grandmothers did not make it past grade school. Her husband, my grandfather, died early, leaving her a widow for decades.
My grandmother lived in a small town, in a small house, alone. She attended the same Baptist church for over 20 years and taught Bible classes there.
And that was it. She did not discover the cure for cancer, walk on the moon, amass millions of dollars, or serve in Africa.
And if Noble thinks that my grandmother’s life was “ordinary” and “meaningless” he can suck a rock.