Jun

09

2012

Justin Taylor|10:57 am CT

Christianity 101 for Journalists

Tim Keller:

I find it frustrating when I read or hear columnists, pundits, or journalists dismiss Christians as inconsistent because “they pick and choose which of the rules in the Bible to obey.” What I hear most often is “Christians ignore lots of Old Testament texts—about not eating raw meat or pork or shellfish, not executing people for breaking the Sabbath, not wearing garments woven with two kinds of material and so on. Then they condemn homosexuality. Aren’t you just picking and choosing what they want to believe from the Bible?”

It is not that I expect everyone to have the capability of understanding that the whole Bible is about Jesus and God’s plan to redeem his people, but I vainly hope that one day someone will access their common sense (or at least talk to an informed theological advisor) before leveling the charge of inconsistency.

Read the whole thing here.

5 Comments

  1. Wow. Hammer drop by Keller. Nice.

  2. Very nice and helpful

  3. My own sister said, “The Old Testament is old. Life is about love and peace.”
    Even Barak Obama said, “I adhere to the Sermon on the Mount, not to the other books of the NT.” (paraphrased)

    Nice word from Pastor Tim. Love the guy.

    have a great, great Lord’s Day tomorrow in His joy and truth as you gather to worship in the Spirit!

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