Tag: character

"No church can truly be the church if its pastor or congregation are unwilling to speak hard truths to each other and to themselves. To think of the pastorate as primarily a helping profession, and the church as only a therapeutic community whose main goal is to make us feel better about ourselves... ...instead of giving people what they actually need to be healthy... ...is a betrayal of the gospel and the church's mission."
~ Ron Dreher
"Believe it or not, the breakdown of character in our society has actually caused us to be more legalistic. The decline of character is being compensated for with more laws. So now you can't say something is wrong anymore if it's legal, no matter how morally wrong it may be. The focus then has shifted to making better laws, because as a society, we're losing the ability to make better people. That's what society used to look to the church for."
~ Phil Vischer
"I believe one of the reasons why so many today are rejecting what Christians have to say is because they sense that a lot of Christian talk nowadays isn't authentic. We as believers today don't do a good enough job of thinking and listening before we speak. We are quick to tell people that 'Jesus is the answer' when we aren't even listening to the questions."
~ Jason Thompson
"Sometimes, we're quick to dismiss constructive criticism because of who it's coming from. Whether we like it or not, there are times where our 'enemies' are actually RIGHT about us... ...and we need to be humble enough to admit that God can use someone who's against us for our good."
~ Skye Jethani
"How do we relate to God? Do we seek Him mainly in times of trouble, searching for answers in our distress...but ignoring Him during our seasons of celebration? Are we like the Israelites of old? Easily swayed by the idols of our age, including such things as busyness, success, and influence?"
~ Amy Boucher Pye