CSC #3 Serious About Faith?

We’ve been talking about what it means to be a CSC

A CSC is a follower of Jesus who is savvy about faith and culture, skilled in relating the two¢â‚¬¦ But is also serious about faith.

What does it mean to be serious about faith?

Rabbi Abraham Heschel once said” God is of no importance unless God is of central importance¢â‚¬¦

The starting point for serious faith is seeking God’s kingdom first and foremost.

When you are serious about faith all the issues about relating to culture become clearer¢â‚¬¦

CS Lewis is a perfect example¢â‚¬¦
He was an atheist who did not believe in God.
Then he became a theist-he believed in God but wasn’t sure which religion was true.
Then he became a Christian when he found the claims of Jesus to be undeniably true.
He submitted to Jesus as LORD saying famously¢â‚¬¦
People often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic–on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg–or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse.
When Jesus becomes Lord he begins the process of doing in our lives what he did when he was in the world.
He is a loving, transforming presence
He wants to dwell in you¢â‚¬¦love you and transform you in every way
Spiritually, intellectually, creatively, relationally and morally.
He did not come to make you a better person, he came to make you a new person,
A person who reflects the image of God in a new fully human life.

The person who is serious about faith
realizes that Jesus did not come to earth
just so we could go to heaven when we die.
Jesus came to earth so we could become fully human now.
Such people will transform culture.
CS Lewis & JRR Tolkien understood that to be serious about faith
Meant to experience the loving, transforming presence of Jesus
So they could become a living transforming presence in culture.

It is important to remember that for centuries Christians were known for their intellectual, artistic and spiritual contributions to society. Bach, Mendelssohn, Dante, Dostoevsky, Newton, Pascal and Rembrandt are but a few who personified the rich tradition of faith, producing the highest and best work, motivated by a desire to glorify God and offered in service of others for the enrichment of our common environment: culture.

These were culturally savvy Christians.
They were savvy about both faith and culture, and skilled in relating the two.

But it all started with this
They were serious about the centrality of faith in their lives¢â‚¬¦

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