14 January 2012
Jesus and Religion; Discernment and Nitpicking
Lots of discussion on this video. Our brothers Kevin DeYoung and Jared Wilson, for example, are typically thoughtful in their appreciation mingled with a bit of brotherly pushback.
This world, the church, and my own soul would be worse off without Kevin DeYoung and Jared Wilson.
I confess I find the pushback a bit strange, though, especially Kevin's. I agree with most of the actual points of disagreement, I suppose. But is a lengthy, line-by-line analysis of this video the path of wisdom? Is that a step forward for all of us? I'm not so much asking is Kevin's post right, but is it wise--a related but distinct question.
Is there a point at which discernment becomes nitpicking?
What if I applied to Kevin's sermons the strictures he does to this video? Kevin's comments on "religion," for example--is it really that hard to understand tacitly what the video means by religion? Isn't it clear that the guy in the video isn't using the word as some texts in the Bible do? Wouldn't he agree that Jesus was an observant Jew, and so on? This critique largely misses the point, I think.
Happy to receive correction here!
Above all I am so glad to be on the same team with all three of these great guys--Kevin, Jared, and Jefferson.
Posted by Dane Ortlund at Saturday, January 14, 2012