Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Blessed Bad

"..contrary to popular assumptions, the Bible is not a record of the blessed good, but rather the blessed bad. That's not a typo. The Bible is a record of the blessed bad. The Bible is not a witness to the best people making it up to God it's a witness to God making it down to the worst people.  Far from being a book full of moral heroes whom we are commanded to emulate, what we discover is that the so-called heroes are not heroes at all. They fall and fail; they make huge mistakes; they get afraid; they're selfish, deceptive, egotistical, and unreliable. The Bible is one long story of God meeting our rebellion with His rescue, our sin with His salvation, our guilt with His grace, our badness with His goodness. The overwhelming focus of the Bible is not the work  of the redeemed but the work of the Redeemer. Which means that the Bible is not first a recipe book for Christian living but a revelation book of Jesus who is the answer to our un-Christian living."

-Tullian Tchividjian, One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace For An Exhausted World, page 31