This showed up on a clergy colleague’s Facebook profile. Here’s the response I was tempted to post:
“Everything else”? Good heavens, what’s left?
My point is, apart from the God to whom we “leave everything else,” how do we do any of these things? This meme exemplifies the Pelagian tendency within United Methodism writ large. This is why the message of my previous post about the gospel’s being good news rather than good advice is sorely needed: Christ has done for us what we can’t do for ourselves. If that’s not our starting point, we will make ourselves miserable—or at least difficult to live with.
My prescription? Read Romans 7, stat!