Posts Tagged ‘culture’

three fold morality

14 July 2008

Katy Perry, an American pop singer, has a new hit song.
Lyric except:

I kissed a girl and I liked it
I kissed a girl just to try it
It felt so wrong, it felt so right
I kissed a girl and I liked it

Katy explains and wrestles with:
Her intentions
– I got so brave
– never the way I planned
– not what I’m used to

Her curiosity
– caught my attention
– my experimental game
– want to try you

Her desires
– hard to resist
– so kissable
– I liked it

Her conscience
– felt so wrong
– felt so right
– head gets so confused

Her culture
– hope my boyfriend don’t mind it
– don’t mean I’m in love

Katy concludes:
– no big deal
– it’s innocent

Katy banks on:
1 – Desires being right
2 – Conscience being wrong
3 – Culture being accepting

My question is:
How can this three fold test bring any real confidence in deciding morality?

jesus’ disciple

6 July 2008

In today’s culture, living as a disciple of Jesus can imply a different meaning than living as Jesus’ disciple. It could be nitpicking over words but I think this distinction is crucial.

Both disciples believe:
– God became a man
– He lived the life we should have lived
– He died the death we should have died

The variation is in the implied response of the disciple:

A disciple of Jesus:
– emphasises me following Jesus. This can lead to:
– I am saved by grace, and live by works.
i.e. Jesus saved me and has given me commands to follow in order to be pleasing to God.

Jesus’ disciple:
– emphasises Jesus owning me. This means that:
– I am saved by grace, and live by grace.
i.e. Jesus saved me and continues to save me as I strive to follow in His obedience.

Paul writes in Colossians:
Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him

To paraphrase:
Follow Jesus in the same way that you believed in Jesus

Living as a disciple of Jesus or living as Jesus’ disciple can mean the same thing, although the latter more clearly shines the beauty of the gospel.