An Invitation or a Threat?

Jesus began his public ministry proclaiming, “Repent and believe in the Good News.” Trevor Hudson writes in his new book, Seeking God: Finding Another Kind of Life with St. Ignatius and Dallas Willard, that when Jesus said this it was an invitation not a threat.

I ask of us, everyone who says they are either Christian or Jesus-Follower, how do we sound as we talk to people, post on social media, or write publicly?

What tone lies within our voice?

What does our body posture say? Is it congruent with what we say? Or, is it telling a different story?

I’ve read yet another study revealing further decline in the numbers of people in America who admit to being a Christian. Has the public messaging of some Christians turned off one or more generations?

What can each of us do about it wherever we live?

And, I agree with Hudson that both St. Ignatius and Dallas Willard can be great mentors to us. I have writings from each in my library. And, yes, I’ve read them. Reading is the easy part. Living out their words takes courage and discipline.

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