“When we become overly concerned about our appearance, our spiritual reputation, our coolness, and our acceptance, we are living as citizens of this world rather than as ambassadors.”—Francis Chan (Forgotten God)
When the Lord brings a man and a woman together, gives them love for one another and inspires them to covenant together as a couple until death or Christ’s return, we’re witnessing something profound and otherworldly. Marriage is a wondrous institution, involving your whole body and soul. Not for nothing did Michael Mason entitle his famous book The Mystery of Marriage. The most mysterious part of it all? Every marriage — even those not consciously aimed at God’s glory — images the greater covenant between Christ, the redeemer-husband, and the church, His sinful but blood-bought bride. Any institution with this kind of cosmic, Gospel-based significance hasto be good.
Sam: I wonder if we’ll ever be put into songs or tales. Frodo: [turns around] What? Sam: I wonder if people will ever say, ‘Let’s hear about Frodo and the Ring.’ And they’ll say ‘Yes, that’s one of my favorite stories. Frodo was really courageous, wasn’t he, Dad?’ ‘Yes, my…
“God never excuses sin. And He is always consistent with that ethic. Whenever we start to question whether God really hates sin, we have only to think of the cross, where His Son was tortured, mocked, and beaten because of sin. Our sin.”—Francis Chan; Crazy Love (via littlethingsaboutgod)