21 February 2011

Performance-Based Devotions Suck

An ever-timely reminder from our brother Bill Martin.

5 comments:

ErinOrtlund said...

True! However, in the past I could be very undisciplined about Bible reading, etc. Especially when my kids were very young, and I was often tired. So now I have a rule that I get up, get my coffee, and read ONE chapter of the Bible. That's the minimum and it gets me doing it. More days than not, I end up reading several chapters or a whole book--it's hard to pit down once you get into it! So it's a balance between discipline and desire.

ErinOrtlund said...

Put down, I mean!

Pap Pap said...

I couldn't agree more that doing devotions as an activity to earn something is wrong. However, I can hardly hear what this writer is saying because he chooses to adopt a phrase "suck" that is driven by the world, connotes a disgusting sexual activity, and in fact really is imprecise in terms of what's really wrong with performance-based devotions. I would encourage us to avoid adopting the world's crass terminology when trying to build up and inspire the Body to follow Christ.

Gary H. said...

Agree with Pap Pap. If younger people knew the history of that term, what it meant and how it was used in the previous generation, perhaps they would put in a little more creative effort and chose a better, less offensive adjective.

Eric said...

I'm not going to start a comment war here - but I think the title was supposed to be offensive. Paul will do the same thing by talking about skuballa in Phil. 3, and so will Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Of course its disgusting - that's the point. It's trying to shock us into self-awareness. If we stand back and say, "That's offensive and I want nothing to do with it," we fail to see ourselves the way we should.

Not going to comment again. Not hate here, just respect, OK, guys?