Jesus said… “So What?”

We cannot assume that everyone will sit up to take notes when we begin with, “Jesus said.” For the words of Jesus to matter to our hearers, the identity of Jesus must be understood and believed.

“Christians often speak out on moral issues – war, abortion, marriage – before establishing that following Jesus is respectable, rewarding, and an attractive pursuit. This is about as effective as asking the prodigal to clean up before he has any desire to go home. If we offer moral wisdom to those who do not yet find us morally wise, our audience will likely hear our arguments merely as arm-twisting power plays.” – Jeff Cook in “The Separation of Church and Hate,” RELEVANT Magazine (May/June 2013), 49.

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