There are many things covered in scripture and the natural thoughts of man seem to gravitate toward the negative principles, such as judgement, division, punishment, sin shame, etc. Perhaps this is because natural man knows somehow that he is separated from God and even many Christians judge themselves harshly because they still don't measure up to expectations that they and others have established as Biblical standards. I have to emphatically state... "You don't measure up... EVER! Let's just get that out in front of everyone. Anyone who thinks they measure up to God's standards is living in complete deception. Ok, now I've said it, and stones should be thrown any moment. Where do we go from here?
The gospel (and the whole Bible for that matter) clearly defines the state of man without God. Man IS separated, he IS rejected, he IS unable to do anything that recommends him to God, BUT... God has made a way through Jesus Christ to bridge every division, separation and rejection from God. The blood of the cross covers ALL.
But this isn't only an evangelical statement. I believe the Christian community desperately needs to change its way of looking at things. That it needs to evaluate everything it hears and does by one question..."is what we're doing and teaching building and revealing spiritual life?" Let's take a look further into this.
Let's DO Life!