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Rewards p1

March 24, 2010

We live in a world where we expect rewards. It doesn’t matter if we actually deserve them, or if we don’t deserve them, we all still expect them. Or at the very least want them, right? Our world feeds the idea of self gratification in every form. If we are going to help a friend, the thought runs through our mind…”What’s in it for me?” Or if we study really hard for a test of some sort, we think we should automatically get an A.

When we are young we are taught that good behavior brings good rewards. And  as we get older we tend to struggle with that fact that good behavior is just expected and that rewards don’t come as often for things we are suppose to do.

I think at times people approach Christianity and the Church with this reward mindset. They come asking “What’s in it for me?” Sadly this way of thinking is reinforced by the way the Church markets itself and by big name preachers with big hair and big cheesy smiles… and big fat wallets. I mean who doesn’t want to be a part of a church who is giving away a Mercedes? (I made that up, shame on the church who does that.)

And when I see things like above, it makes me sick to see the Gospel being twisted into something that is not the Gospel.  Who doesn’t want to be a part of something that rewards you just for showing up? But on the other hand there is a tension when it comes to Christ, the Church, the Gospel and rewards. Because the Bible DOES say that we will be rewarded for following Christ.

More to come later… for now… what are your thoughts?

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