The Problem with Christian Virtues

the problem with christian virtuesThe problem with virtues/values is that they don’t inspire/motivate.

Everyone needs strong moral convictions, but it’s just hard to get kids/adults jazzed about: kindness, forgiving others, purity, thankfulness, etc.

Don’t agree?

Try to find an inspiring figure in the Bible or in history who started a movement based solely on personal values.

You will have a difficult time finding a category entitled “great people of kindness.”

Even Mother Teresa was revered for the work she did for the poor in India, not simply because she was kind.

Abraham was known for having the faith to move from home and start a nation, not for being thankful.

Moses was known for leading God’s people out of Egypt, not for being morally pure.

Joshua was known for defeating Jericho.

David was known for killing Goliath.

Gideon was known for freeing the people from the Midianites.

Samson was known for slaying Philistines.

Peter was known for launching the church on the Day of Pentecost.

Paul was known for planting churches. And the list goes on and on.

Hebrews 11 lists great people of faith. There is no Bible list for great people of virtue.

Virtues/values are critically important and indispensable, but they are not the main focus of the Bible.

Moving forward with faith in God is the theme of the Bible, and the proper response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Moving forward inspires; soaking in values does not.

People who move forward in faith find that values are indispensable for the journey but are not the journey itself.

Paul, the apostle, said it best in Philippians 3:13:

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.

My passion is to instill that “one thing I do” focus into kids/adults.

God has something cool for everyone to do.

Forget the past.

Move forward.

By | 2017-03-07T18:11:21+00:00 July 23rd, 2014|Ministry Articles|1 Comment

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  1. Sheryl April 18, 2015 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    I totally agree! When we teach nothing but virtues, our children choke on morality. We are no different than the religion next door. Only Jesus makes us different and it is thorugh Him that we can be virtuous. Paul also said, “I decided to know nothing among you but Jesus Christ and him cruicified.” (1 Cor 2:2) That added to straining towards what is ahead is really what it’s all about. We can’ t help but be thankful, loving, kind etc when we are looking ahead to Jesus!

    Thanks for your awesome posts!

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