Sunday, February 11, 2007

Why "Balance and Paradox"?

I started saying years ago that if I ever wrote a book, it would be called Balance and Paradox. That's because most things in the Christian life are typified by one word or the other. For example:
  • Balance. We need to eat, exercise, and sleep; these need to be in balance. We need to read the Bible, pray, enjoy fellowship with other believers, and help those who don't know Jesus to meet Him; since you arguably can never have too much of any one of these, they need to be in balance. We need to speak the truth, and we need to do it in love; these two must be in proper balance.
  • Paradox. The Bible teaches God's absolute sovereignty, including predestination, and the Bible teaches that we are responsible for our actions. The Bible teaches that God knows our needs before we pray and is committed to providing for us, and the Bible teaches that we have not because we ask not. Jesus says the first will be last, and the last first - that everyone who humbles himself will be exalted, and everyone who exalts himself will be humbled. Why does it all have to be so paradoxical?

Well, OK, these thoughts aren't all that well thought out and certainly aren't book-ready, but the standards for a blog are pretty low, so let's give this thing a whirl.

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