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Sunday, February 03, 2008

So, what is the meaning of it all…

A philosophical question, to be sure. But one of comfort and hope. Greg Laurie picks on Tom Brady . In an interview, Brady contemplates the meaning of life. Laurie goes on to contemplate the question, “What is the purpose of life?” Laurie believes that we can learn from the example of the Apostle Paul who believed his message could, “give people a purpose for life, restore marriages, build families, shatter addictions and bring unprecedented hope, balance and happiness to men and women all over the world. He couldn't wait to get up in the morning to tell people about it.”

OK, let’s cut to the chase here… the Super Bowl is on and I have some baby afghan making to do. Buddhists believe the same thing, as do Hindus. And hey, there are good people out there who are passionate about AIDS or cancer research or feeding the hungry or performing other good and charitable acts, but some of these people aren’t believers in Christ. And I would argue that these people have “purpose.”

What is the message of the Apostle Paul? The Apostle Paul tells Timothy a good and sound rule, I am the worst of all sinners. The message Paul had, according to Jesus, could tear up marriages and families. And what is this message, “Christ crucified for our sins arose” and “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” and “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus for the Law of the Spirit for life in Christ Jesus will set you free from the law of sin and death” and “Contentedness next to Godliness is great gain.”

What good is it to have a “purpose” or a “greater calling” if you’re not going to share the Gospel message with your kids? No, the best people I know were not missionaries or pastors or in the ministry. They help their neighbors. They taught their kids to read the Bible. And they got up every day in contentedness finding enjoyment in something in life. And, in fact, they do a lot of that stuff without the help of the church.

The disappointment about Laurie’s article is his failure to live his purpose as a Pastor and preach the message of the Cross. Perhaps Greg Laurie needs his chi adjusted.

As an aside... does Rick Warren get royalties from Greg Laurie? Perhaps he should.


  • At 3:02 PM , Blogger Uncle Ben said...

    That guy's a pastor? Seriously? I have never heard of him or read anything else by him, but he didn't really sound like he was confident that the gospel gives us our purpose. He sounded kind of perplexed by an "unanswerable" question. That's really too bad, because Tom Brady, like the rest of us, needs to know what his purpose is.

  • At 3:35 PM , Blogger Liz said...

    Yup... his church is Riverside Harvest Church in Riverside, CA. If you're here in "the cities" you can hear him on AM 980, KKMS, at 7 am.

    He's reflective of the standard mega church fare these days.

  • At 4:32 PM , Blogger Liz said...

    And just to clarify, I think the interview was on 60 Minutes... Greg Laurie was just providing commentary.

  • At 10:07 PM , Blogger Uncle Ben said...

    Hmm, mega church fare? Sounds more like popcorn than meat and potatoes. :)


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