What You Are For is More Important Than What You Are Against

David at Challies.com writes about the importance of being _for_ something, not just _against_ many things. A couple of good quotes:

You may have met this kind of person. They are against abortion, but they don?t love children. They are against welfare programs, but they don?t care for widows and orphans, or reach out to their neighbors in need. They know all about the problems they see, but know nothing, or do nothing, towards a solution.

Later he writes about what he believes in:

I believe in salvation by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone, as revealed in Scripture alone, to the glory of God alone.
I believe in reverent, God-centered worship.
I believe in expository preaching, based on sound exegesis and hermeneutics, by diligent scholars who are dedicated to rightly dividing the word of truth and declaring all the counsel of God.
I believe in loving the Lord my God with all that I am, and my neighbor as myself.

I don’t want to spend my time picking through the Bible to find out what I’m _against_. I want to look at the Word of God and think about how it out to manifest itself in various parts of my life. I wrote earlier about my desire to see the state bow before Christ. That’s sort of along these lines. I don’t want to be _against_ teaching evolution and certain types of sex education in the government’s schools, and against abortion and against gay marriage in any form and against socialist wealth redistribution schemes and against divorce and blah blah blah. It just makes me tired typing about all the things I’m against. And I _am_ against all those things, but only because they deviate from what I’m _for_.

David’s list of what he believes in is good, and it’s powerful because it’s short. My list will be long.

I am for letting our light shine before men that they may see our good works and glorify our Father who is in heaven.

I am for visiting widows and orphans in their affliction, and keeping ourselves unspotted in this world.

I am for separation from the world, loving God instead of the world, setting our minds on things above, and storing up treasures for ourselves in Heaven.

I am for doing good as we have opportunity, and especially to those of the household of faith.

I am for treating our brothers in Christ so well that the world feels jealous and wonders “What love is this?”

I am for the kingdoms of this world becoming actualized as the kingdom of Christ. Even if the rapture does surprise us one day, it was still a worthy effort.

I am for the spread of the gospel by the public preaching of the Word, and lives of holiness among believers.

I am for being able to give an account for the hope that lies within you.

I am for the church behaving like a body, a bride, a family – not a business or an army. (Oops, that was kind of something I’m against, but it helps clarify what I’m for I think.)

I am for large, stable, loving, extended families where the husband models Christ, the wife models the Church, children obey their parents, parents raise their children, and everyone – whether they are old or unborn, sick or healthy, self sufficient or totally dependent – is welcomed, loved, and cared for until God calls them home.

I am for ties to communities that go back for generations.

I am for a society that honors life and cares for the downtrodden.

I am for welcoming the poor, the tired, the huddled masses yearning to be free, onto our shores. (Yeah, I know that’s not in the Bible, but work with me here.)

I am for working hard, resting well, and unashamedly enjoying the provision and blessings of God.

I am for work that is legitimately part of subduing the earth.

I am for economic and social institutions that treat people as people.

I am for a lifestyle and work that keeps us close to the land and the natural rhythms of night and day, cold and heat, springtime and harvest, that God established.

I am for unity through truth and agreement.

I am for the building up of the saints for the work of ministry.

I am for believers being of the same mind and the same judgment.

I am for reverent, theocentric worship.

I am for a simple, quiet life.

I am for decency, modesty, dignity, sobriety, purity, kindness, compassion, humility, and patience.

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3 Responses to What You Are For is More Important Than What You Are Against

  1. Michael says:

    Excellent post Robert. I couldn’t agree more.

  2. Chris P. says:

    This is an excellent and comprehensive list. There are many churches and individuals who would agree with this, myself included, and who are actually implementing this in practice, and not just theory. Good post Robert. It is always refreshing to visit your blog.

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