Quotes: “Avoiding all associations with idolatry would invite hostility, especially when one was a guest at the home of a religiously minded host who offered food that had been sacrificed by an idol. If the host was a patron, one’s refusal to eat idol food could be taken as a grave insult to the god and the host, and such an affront could lead to financial retribution. If the host was a family member or a neighbor, the refusal could result in being cast into the outer darkness of social banishment… In the face of such pressure, Christians would be tempted to compromise and rationalize their decisions… Withdrawing from all idolatrous functions would scuttle any ambitions for social advancement, impair patron/client relations, fuel ostracism, and damage economic partnerships.” –Garland from his commentary in the BECNT series
“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.” (Jesus in Luke 12:4-5)
My life is one of contradictions. I’m a southern boy living in northern New England; a boring guy married to super-fun girl; a conservative pastor in a progressive Christian denomination; a changed man in need of change; a sinner loved by a holy and perfect God.