Ok, I’ll admit it. I love the music in the new hit movie Pitch Perfect. My kids tell me I am the only 44 year old man in the world who will get up on a chair during dinner clean up and lip sync Bulletproof. (I take it as a compliment!).
One of our favorite songs is the Barden Bella’s rendition of “Price Tag.” The opening line goes like this: “It’s not about the money money money, we’re not about the money money money, we just want to make the world dance, forget about the price tag.” We’ve played that song so much I caught Storie singing it in the bathtub the other night.
I am convinced that many who have honest and sincere interest in Jesus, the Bible, and God never ask a Christian or a church leader because they think we are all about "money money money..." Or perhaps, "guilt, guilt, guilt " or "rules, rules, rules." Of coure there is the conception Christians are all about behavior management, or judging those who don't agree with them, or even the constant and mostly correct characterization that we Christians are all just a bunch of hypocrites.
If I were to sum up the gospel in a nutshell, I might sing a song like . . . "It's all about Life, Life, Life, its all about Life, Life, Life, He just wants to make the world dance, forget about the price tag." Why?
* Jesus said, "I came that they might have Life and have it to the full" (John 10:10)
- Jesus is all about giving Life.
* The Fruit of the Spirit of Life? "Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self control"
- Galatians 5:22 provides the ingredients and power for dancing through life.
* And the Price Tag? It costs Everything. Which is what HE gave. So the price has already been paid.
What do you think? How can Christians better communicate what the gospel is all about to those who have questions but would never ask?
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