Thursday, February 5, 2009

Obeying God

"The trouble with the usual notion of 'Christian obedience' is that it represents a childhood model of living. Fearing confusion, a child naturally wants supervision and direction. A child wants a superior power to provide order and direct his destiny--and so do childish adults. But let's face that desire and call it what it is, namely, a temptation to disobedience. For we are called to obey not God's power, but God's love. God wants not submission to his power, but, in return for his love, our own."

William Sloane Coffin, Letters to a Young Doubter, Westminster John Knox Press, 2005. 70.

No comments: