The thought occurred to me recently-- how could one be a Christian without superlatives? What might that look like?
Think of the songs we sing:
- I Could Sing of Your Love... For 30 minutes at the most, only on Sunday AM
- I Surrender Some
- Speak in an Elevated Voice to the Lord
- Amazing Grace (that saved a basically good person like me)
- Your Really Good Name
- Jesus Paid Most of it
- How Adequate Is Our God
It funny to think about those-- but do we live like we actually believe in superlative Christianity? If we truly do believe that God's forgiveness is absolute, why do we fail to forgive ourselves-- as if we were a higher authority? (Thanks to Bill Berger for facebooking that C.S. Lewis quote). Do we forget that "to whom much is given, much is required" applies to forgiveness as well? Just how much forgiveness have we each been given? How much are we required to give to others?
One cannot read very much of the New Testament without encountering superlative language. Is God willing that some should perish, but most have everlasting life?
If you are a Christian-- live superlatively.