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Outsourced Spirituality Romans 12:1-8

Outsourced Spirituality

You've got someone to pre-wash your salad, do your nails and customize your abdominal crunches. So why not find someone to talk to God for you? Paul reminds us that Christianity has never been a religion of the outsourced soul or the isolated individual. You've got someone to pre-wash your salad, do your nails and customize your abdominal crunches. So why not find someone to talk to God for you? Paul reminds us that Christianity has never been a religion of the outsourced soul or the isolated individual.

"We've trivialized God," says Larry Crabb, a Christian psychologist and popular author. "Most of these [self-help] books assume God is the butler who serves you for one reason -- to give you a happy life. We've turned him into a divine Prozac." Are Christians more interested in building personal comfort zones than in building community and ministering to the lost and oppressed?

We live in the ME-lennium. Don't like your version of the Bible? Then look for one suited for your situation: The Teen Bible, The Addict's Bible, The Single Mom's Bible. Need some chicken soup? Need to look for chicken soup for the Golfer's Soul, or chicken soup for the Nurse's Soul, or the Teen, or the PreTeen, or the Gardener's Soul, or the Unsinkable Soul, or the Traveler's Soul? For the Tired of Chicken Soup Soul?

This is the ME-lennium all right. That's why we're outsourcing so much of what we once thought we needed to do ourselves. The business world, of course, has long outsourced some of its work rather...



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