Appreciating the Gospel

“If he have faith, the believer cannot be restrained. He betrays himself. He breaks out. He confesses and teaches this gospel to the people at the risk of life itself.”   —Martin Luther, 1522

Martin LutherApparently, Luther never saw how hard it is to live on an American college campus in the 21st century. Otherwise he’d never have made such a ludicrous statement. The Gospel, after all, wasn’t meant to permeate our very soul and transform us into beings who look at the world and suffer heartfelt compassion for people who are going to Hell. It wasn’t meant to be such amazing good news that we would simply have to tell people. Its not like we won the lottery or anything, right? It’s not like we really gained anything tangible in the here and now. It’s just the Gospel. No big deal. Get over it, Martin. The point is to have a good life now, and that means fitting in, getting comfortably wealthy (middle-class at least) and relaxing as often as possible.

On the other hand…

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