This quote is dead on. H/T Boz Tchividjian and Brian Zahnd, obviously. Coming up soon, by the way; review of Gisela Kreglinger's book The Spirituality of Wine.
Grape Juice Christianity is what is produced by the purveyors of the motivational seminar, you-can-have-it-all, success-in-life, pop psychology Christianity....I want the vintage wine. The kind of Christianity that is marked by mystery, grace, and authenticity.
There are things to be said for grape juice as a commodity. It is nourishing, has even some vitamins and minerals, and can be enjoyed without risking drunkenness--though not diabetes of course. However, we might assert that the mysteries of the faith are not adequately described by a homogenized commodity. For that matter, can we describe spiritual growth as a commodity, or is it really something that needs to be worked out in the heart of each believer?
Should our appraisal of growth in Christ resemble more the lists of best fast food chains, or a Michelin review?
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