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The inadequacy of Christian values

Tim preached yesterday (stream/download here) from Matthew 7:13-14, which reads:

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (ESV)

Not only did Tim do a good job covering the nature of false dichotomies, but also demonstrated the weight & validity of the true dichotomies that Christ uses to close his Sermon on the Mount. These are notably heavy truths which we must all come to terms with, and we’re not surprised that Jesus’ initial audience was shocked at his teaching authority.

In light of the message, today I came across a good article from Al Mohler’s blog last week titled, “Christian Values Cannot Save Anyone” which I recommend to the readers of this blog (if you haven’t already read it). It reiterates our grace-requiring role as Christian parents, but has impacts that extend to every person, parent or not.

Here’s a brief and arresting passage:

Parents who raise their children with nothing more than Christian values should not be surprised when their children abandon those values. If the child or young person does not have a firm commitment to Christ and to the truth of the Christian faith, values will have no binding authority, and we should not expect that they would. Most of our neighbors have some commitment to Christian values, but what they desperately need is salvation from their sins. This does not come by Christian values, no matter how fervently held. Salvation comes only by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Let’s pray for each other to commend to our children and other non-Christians around us much more than “Christian values” but the true Christ himself. Our only hope is in him.