I am afraid that we have relegated Christianity to something in our mind and lost the sense of how holistic redemption is, how God communicates what Christianity is through the images that he has given to his church. There is a felt flatness to some versions of Christianity, not an embodied invitation to a historic sacramental Christianity. The historic images that God has given to his church are not the practices that usually come to our mind when we think of what it means to be a Christian.
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God’s love not only transforms us so that we can live as those who repent from sin and walk in the light, but it also changes the way we see ourselves. This fills us with incredible joy, grace, and gratitude. As we understand God’s love more and more, we end up becoming like children, in the way Jesus described. That’s a very good thing.
God was just doing what He always does, taking these weird rappers with no theological training, and He puts His glory on display. We were baffled. Just for us to be participants in that has been super encouraging.
I went with the word “reckless” to describe the love of God because that is exactly how the Bible depicts His love. For example, in the famous parable about the prodigal son in Luke 15, Jesus tells us that the son goes off and squanders his inheritance in “reckless living”. Then, out of nowhere, the father sees the son in and the distance, and comes running to him. He plows him over, kissing him, hugging him, shouting at the top of his lungs in incredible gut-busting joy that his son is home. In this parable, the only thing more reckless than man’s rebellion is God’s incredible, over-the-top, scandalous grace in coming to us, loving us, saving us, and restoring us to himself – even on our worst day.