Briefly today as my week is surfeit, I have a backlog of open letters to write. I owe Greg Damhorst & Cameron Nations a response to their open reply to me; I have an open letter to William and Katherine about their future as the Royal Family of England; I have some notes for President Obama; I have a retrospective to the man who baptized me and discipled me before I was even able to understand what exactly he was doing for me; and I am sure other items will come up.
Today I only have about 30 minutes to get something worth reading up, so I'll interject this for your edification: has anything happened in the last 6 months which has made you reconsider your own self-perception as a Christian? That is to say, do you live in such a way that there are moments when what you thought was the right-minded routine of your life, heading you in God's grace toward sanctification, turned out to be an idol -- something actually standing in the way of your sanctification?
My opinion is this: if we are living with a real appreciation of the Gospel, this will happen often. And the reason it will happen often is that we are sinful people. We don't want to die to the things we really want: we want to believe rather that what we really want is what God wants for us. So if we really want to be bloggers, for example, that must be what God wants for us. If we really want to be rich, God must want us to be rich. What if the Gospel is supposed to be breaking us down instead?
Now, that sounds rather cliched, and like one of those posts after which someone has a theological melt-down. I get that. You can follow Scotty Ward Smith on Twitter and get that sort of Biblical wisdom in 144 characters or less (without the meltdown) -- you don't need 3 pages from me to have a healthy dose of self-deflating Gospel to get that. But here's my point to you today: coming here to read my open letters each week ought to inspire you to (at least) a weekly gut check. Am I reading Frank's letters so that I can see Frank give yet another famous person the what-for? Am I reading them so I can yet again see what a sniveling ingrate Frank is, and thank God I am not a sinner like him? Or am I reading these letters, and seeing myself in them -- the bits and pieces of my own human flaws, my own human errors, my own mistakes, misgivings, misdemeanors for which I ought to be repentant -- and thereby find a little bit of grace and mercy toward my fellow human beings who are just like me, and need a savior just like me?
So my open letter today is to you. Check yourself. I'm checking myself today, and I'm writing an open letter to my own soul. You can do the same, and then take the rest up with our good and great savior.