no greater relevance

A pastor was reflecting on the debate over how churches should be relevant to their surrounding culture. Noticing that Jesus had some good things to say, he asked him, “Out of all the ways we can be relevant to culture, which is the most important?”

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: Hear, O Church: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no greater relevance than these.”

“Well said, teacher,” the pastor replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all cool music, hip pastors, edgy sermons, seeker sensitive programs, and Facebook pages.

When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions about relevance.

(paraphrase of Mark 12:28-34)

3 comments:

Andrew said...

I like that. Made me laugh and makes an excellent point!

Ryan said...

Great paraphrase, Dave. You have bolstered my resolve to withstand the lure of Facebook for a few more weeks :).

David Warkentin said...

Andrew, laughter should always accompany good thoughts, no!?!

And glad I could help Ryan! Notice how I didn't put blogs on the list!

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