Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A latte with a side of ... Bad Theology

This morning after hitting the gym before work, I drove through Starbucks to pick up a pumpkin spice latte. (So basically, the latte and my workout balanced each other out!) Each Starbucks cup has an author or quote from someone in the media. Here was today's:

The Way I See It #58
I have faith. Faith in our wondrous capacity for hope and good, love and trust, healing and forgiveness. Faith in the blessing of our infinite ability to wonder, question, pray, feel, think and learn. I have faith. Faith in the infinite possibilities of the human spirit.
-James Brown, Emmy-winning sportscaster and co-host of FOX NFL Sunday.

The problem with this statement is that there is no good in us apart from Christ. None! God imparted righteousness to us at the cross when Jesus took our sins as his own. Therefore, our faith should not lie in our capabilities, knowledge or the "human spirit," but the blood that was shed for us and the redemption we receive as a result.

It says in Proverbs "there is a way that seems right to a man but at the end of it is the way of death and destruction." Are we as Christians listening to the world's wisdom or way of thinking instead of relying on scriptures? Wake up each day with His glory and His renown on your mind and lips and you will see more and more of yourself die. And there's so much freedom in dying to self!

"So I say to you, live by the Spirit, and do not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature ... But if you are living by the Spirit, you are no longer under law." Gal 6:16-18

"Christ in you, the hope of glory." Colossians 1:27

"God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything." 1 John 3:20


kathy said...

Stephanie, what a wise and discerning person you must have had some great home school teaching back in the day from a really cool lady. I'm so proud of you. I have to say I was majorly impressed that you had a blog written for 2day when i got on yours for the first time...

Mick said...

Devils advocate?

We're made in the image of God, and while there is no good apart from Christ, He remains good whether we are admit it is Him or not.

So the things James Brown sees in the human spirit are a manifestation of the worth of our Lord, born out and seen as worthy in the eyes of an unbeliever?

You can hit me later. :P

Hey, do you and Douggins want to come to the house for dinner Thursday night? I was thinking about inviting Jordan and Michelle too.