Thursday, September 16, 2010

Switching Life Stories

"Becoming a Christian is much like adopting a new life story.  The biblical notion of repentance, or turning and going a new direction, is rightly viewed as choosing to say yes to God and his purposes.  God's desire to interact with people involves our whole life, which means a change in thinking and much more.  When we are converted, we switch stories, we reenter the plan of God....

...Repentance, properly understood, should become like gravity, pulling every area of our present and future life into the story of God.  It is not just a reconsideration of our sinful past.  Repentance includes all the activities and attitudes necessary to spiritual transformation into Christlikeness.  It is the implementation process of switching stories."

Todd Hunter, Christianity Beyond Belief: Following Jesus for the Sake of Others, page 41