I like Michael Youssef, even though it looks like he wrote his own Wikipedia article
. I haven't read anything of his yet that I basically disagree with.
Here's another article by Mr Youssef
which gives good insights into the Parable of the Prodigal and the personality of the Father. In the Parable, each son faced a crossroad and each blew it - but the Father saved them both.
Crossroads have the property of FORCING a person to choose which way he will go. A crossroad requires a commitment that a person cannot escape unless he simply chooses not to go anywhere. But, at a crossroad, many people look for a third way, and try to make one if there isn't one; this IMHO explains a lot of the apostasy which exists today even among "committed" Christians. And many crossroads offer one choice which is "easy" and one which is Godly.
It's worldly thinking which inspires a person to seek that third way or avoid the Godly "hard" way - a seeking for personal advantage and power before God while denying God's sovereignty over us. The world convinces us that there "ought" to be a "better" way, and that God is remiss in not providing a way more suitable to our desires. It's simply easier to rebel against God than the world; the world is nasty and won't hesitate in taking revenge.
Jay, one of the problems in staying with God's Word is that he keeps telling us things we really don't want to hear. He keeps bringing us to crossroads where neither choice is easy or "advantageous", or where one way is easy but wrong - and we know it. Worldly wisdom says to "make" a third way, a way more to our liking, or that God is to blame for putting us in that pickle.
We have to remember that "crossroad" contains a Cross. That isn't worldly thinking; worldly thinking tries to avoid that kind of truth. We need to help our brothers when they face a crossroad, and we need to ask their help when we ourselves are at the cross.
Thanks for your contributions, Jay.
In faith, Dave
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