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When did you decide that I was your father?

09 Mar

Check out this priceless illustration.  “This is the approach of decision theology” indeed.

(heard on Issues ETC: “blog of the week” winner).

For my part, when I was in college, I attended a wedding where a dynamic Evangelical Free pastor I knew (I attended his church all throughout college) talked about the importance of saying “I do” to God.  He noted to those attending – many who were Roman Catholic – that many persons who claim the name Christian never do this.  When I talked to my father, a Lutheran pastor, about the illustration, he asked me: “Tell me Nathan, when did you decide that I was your father – and that I was lovingly involved in your life?”  

I may be of the race of men (male), born in the late 20th century – but I am firstmost of that bride that has been given to Christ.

And all the babies said “Amen”!

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Posted by on March 9, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

4 responses to “When did you decide that I was your father?

  1. Paul Fisher

    March 9, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    The above post is a great point, something Evangelicals frequently do not rest in, however some additional thoughts are always good for conversation. I still attend that Church reffered to above. That pastor reffered to truely is a David more so than any other man I have personally met, in that He is a man “after” Gods heart. This is not in the sense of made in the image, but actively “after” God in a show me your face, tenacious hanging onto his leg and not letting go. With that are we not the Bride of Christ? To which I say I do. He is my Father not by my choice but have I not been estranged by my sin. Certainly I picture Him running to me, as He does I am filled with Shame haveing made decision not long ago to leave the feeding trough of pigs.

     
    • infanttheology

      March 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm

      “This is not in the sense of made in the image, but actively “after” God in a show me your face, tenacious hanging onto his leg and not letting go. With that are we not the Bride of Christ? To which I say I do.”

      Good thoughts Paul. Its a nice complement to this post – in that I think that this life of tenacious leg-hanging that you describe is that life that we are meant to “naturally” grow into as God’s people. Saying “I do” every day to what He does for, to and in us (“Let it be done unto me according to they word”) through His Son, for united in his burial and resurrection, we are united in Him, participate in Him, and are hid in Him. From the baptismal font to the tomb, evermore and evermore.

      “He is my Father not by my choice but have I not been estranged by my sin.”

      Yes, which is why He who produces repentance and faith in you gets all the glory. To which I know you would say “Amen”.

      Thanks for commenting friend.

      In Christ,
      Nathan

       
      • Heidi

        March 10, 2010 at 1:41 am

        Powerful post, Nathan.

         
      • infanttheology

        March 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm

        Heidi,

        Thanks much Heidi. It was a powerful comment from my dad. I told him yesterday that it was probably one of the key things he said than that kept me Lutheran.

        In Christ,
        Nathan

         

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