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the discipline of perseverance

I read Oswald Chambers' The Discipline of Spiritual Perseverance this morning. It was just what I needed to meditate on. A couple of my favorite passages are:

Our greatest fear is not that we will be damned, but that somehow Jesus Christ will be defeated and that the very things our Lord stood for— love, justice, forgiveness, and kindness among men— will not win out in the end and will represent an unattainable goal for us.


The call to spiritual perseverance is a call not to hang on and do nothing, but to work deliberately, knowing with certainty that God will never be defeated.

It's good to see God working new lesson in my life, purifying my faith by forcing me to exercise it when I feel like it is so easy to be overwhelmed. I will work deliberately and know that God--and His values and purposes--will never be defeated.

I read John Piper's response to the Danish cartoon controversy* yesterday and found the reminder of Christ refreshing. The whole strength of the gospel is that love and peace triumph in the midst of the worst humanity has to offer: we don't have to rush out to defend Christ's honor because He already did that more profoundly than we can even grasp. Let the mockers say what they will, He loses no honor for all their chaff in the wind.

* It should be noted that Muhammad endured persecution in his lifetime as well and Muslims see him as someone who patiently endured his experiences, something that Piper doesn't mention in his article.


Those are well-written passages, but I don't fear that God will be defeated, so I'm not sure to whom the author is referring with his plural first-person pronoun. To me, God is omnipotent and omniscient, or He is not God; thus, to consider the possibility of God's defeat is to bow to logical fallacy.

St. Theresa of Lisieux once wrote that "...so long as even one person believes in Jesus Christ, his power will never wane."

I will say that the violence associated with Christianity throughout its history has consistently been in order to convert the unwilling, rather than to defend the honour of its figurehead, for which I am grateful.
I agree that it's logically inconsistent, but I have sometimes felt like despairing. My emotions don't always make sense compared to what I know is true.
That just means you're not a Vulcan. I was merely disagreeing with the quote, not suggesting that you were wrong for not doing so. I'm such a freak that I never really expect anyone to share my opinions. :)
What a relief! I was starting to fear that there was something wrong with my eyebrows...