Being Excellent

I am a Christian.  Not a big deal to say as many people will say they are Christians when in fact they are living contrary to Christ.  Not judging, just stating fact.  I could be counted among them on most days, including this one.  As a Christian though, I have an adverse reaction to the sickly-sweet version of Christ presented by the modern American culture today…the Jesus who is pretty in pink and been made into a franchise featuring sparkly American family values.  The Christian t-shirts, hats, bookstores, journals, jewelry, handkerchiefs and movies aren’t really my thing.  Some would say that would make me a bad evangelist, but Jesus isn’t a product to be pushed.  He’s not a franchise.  He’s not merchandise to make you feel better.  He’s not many a thing that we make Him out to be.

But there is one thing I know for sure that He is: Love.  And in Him is True Life…life to the fullest.  Life abundant.  I haven’t quite grasped this concept yet or I would live in a completely different manner.  Sigh.

Anyway, I like this video a lot.  Another reason I don’t buy into the whole Christian sub-culture is because I equate it with a standard of quality that is sub-par.  If it’s a Christian film then suddenly things like poor acting and audio become acceptable.  This video, and basically every video I’ve seen from Dan Stevers is excellently produced.  There’s a good story told well visually, and I think that helps tell the story of the Gospel in this particular video.  There are no distractions for me.  I’m not being thrown off by the quality at any point.

I think one of the best things we can do for the Gospel, besides being as authentic as possible, is to tell it excellently with the gifts God has given us.  Live well and give due glory and honor to God.  Excellence, not perfection, is the key.

Sorry…just a random thought for today.


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