Saved from Last Week

I have so much and so many thing swirling around in my head right now, I don’t know if I can blog effectively. This is my third attempt this morning.

Perhaps this doesn’t happen to you, but sometimes when I am listening to someone speak, something he or she says makes several different connections in me; bringing together things I prior to that moment had not connected.

Someone said last week, referring to a time in his past when he was living large in the culture of Corporate America: “Of course I was already I was saved, but I wasn’t living it.”

I know what he meant: in that sense he explained himself very well.  In the culture sub-culture of America, getting saved is what one does when one prays to accept Jesus as Savior. In traditional American Christian (or at least American Evangelical Christian) terms this means that the “saved” individual has now received the give of eternal life.

This “salvation experience” is a time of great joy.  Tears are often shed, the scripture comes alive, the weight of sin is lifted from one’s shoulders.  I recall my own experience around 30 years ago.  It is a wonderful experience.

But what does the context, “…but I wasn’t’ living it” do to it?  This is where the multiple connections were made in me as the speaker spoke.

Some of us Christians really want to get as many people to have one of these salvation experiences as possible.

I don’t think I am opposed to calling, inviting, encouraging people to have such an experience, but I am growing more strongly opposed every day to making such an experience the end-all, be-all of Christianity.  I don’t recall Jesus, anywhere in any Gospel, inviting people down after a parable to accept him as their savior.

Church, if we are going to use the language of “saved,” can we please start living the kind of lives that Model the rest of Jesus’ promises?

Otherwise, talking about having gotten saved at some beautiful moment in the past will make as much sence as reflecting sentimentally on a wedding ceremony of a marriage which years since devolved into a cold, distant partnership.

6 thoughts on “Saved from Last Week

  1. What does “curlute” mean? I haven’t run across that word before.

    You’re right – by reducing “saved” to “going to heaven when I die” or even “having my personal relationship with God,” we’ve missed out on things like repentance and a new way of living as followers of Jesus.

  2. Thanks, Steve, for your comments about being saved and living the life of a saved person. As I read your Blog my mind began to run along the lines of a past conversation I had with a “saved” person. The conversation was constant complaining about everything: church, the economy, politics (big one), and life in general. Are we not called to “love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44); or “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:5); or “Let love be without hypocristy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good” (Romans 13:4). And the list goes on and on! Maybe I am too serious, but I thought that living the life of a “saved” person was the goal after the “warm fuzzies.”

  3. Classic problem of systematic theology meeting modernist compartmentalisation. Salfivic grace complete unhooked from sanctifying grace. We have a mental ascent to Jesus without the relationship.
    The key really is relationship. I believe that core is the main issue with our mainline churches today. I actually think that modernist Evangelical churches are learning much more rapidly about the re-infusion of relationship into church living. Or in other terms living in relationship with Jesus and the world around us.

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