Saturday, May 23, 2009

for alex costa

A while back (maybe even a couple of years) a friend of mine, Alex Costa, had a post decrying the use of pithy catch-phrases in the Christian culture.

Today, as I was finishing up Kevin DeYoung's book Just Do Something I read this and thought of one particular phrase that he hated: "Let go and let God."

And so, without further ado, I give you this:

I know I've been pretty hard on my generation, especially the men. I don't write as one who is the model of manly courage or decision making. And I don't write to crush your spirits. Remember, even if we have made mistakes--or are in the middle of mistakes--God loves to help the helpless. He loves to forgive the brokenhearted and give second and third chances to those who've gone through a dozen mistakes already. The Spirit is stronger than our timidty and wiser than our foolishness. But instead of "letting go and letting God" we nee dto make every effort to grow up in our faith (2 Peter 1:5ff).


Quite blaming God for your inaction and go after living a life for the glory of God.

-joe

2 comments:

A Jam C said...

Alex Costa is a punk!

Alec T. Lichlyter said...

I posted this as a comment on Justin Taylor's blog who posted a quote from Just Do Something:

"I'm nearly done with this book. Read most of it in a day. I want to say 'God is revealing some incredible things' but in the spirit of the book I'll say: It seems God is revealing some incredible things to me by His Spirit in just that short amount of time.

Also, the day I began reading the book, this story from the World News Digest was printed in the May 23, 2009 edition of my hometown paper:

"MOM GUILTY OF LETTING SICK DAUGHTER DIE - WAUSAU, Wis. - A mother accused of praying instead of seeking medical help for her dying 11-year-old daughter was found guilty Friday of second-degree reckless homicide."

Needless to say, DeYoung's book is pretty important."

Awesome quote from Alex about our need to fight the good fight to keep the faith and therefore grow in the faith (2 Tim. 4:7).