Unlimited: Beyond Indoctrination

Sep 1, 2020 617

Unlimited: Beyond Indoctrination

Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners – Matt. 9:13.

During approximatly 100 days between April 7 and mid-July 1994, it is estimated that between 500,000 and 1,000,000 Rwandans were killed, up to 70% of the Tutsi and 20% of Rwanda’s total population. This was the genocidal mass slaughter of the Tutsi minority and moderate Hutu, by members of the Hutu majority—many of them Christians.

Yes, the horrific reality is that those who rose up to barbarously hack their neighbours to death were Christians of all persuasions. The churches in Rwanda before the genocide tended strongly towards fundamentalism and legalism, and they still do today. Has nothing been learnt? How can this be? Because Christians have too often spent their energies indoctrinating people, rather than “gospelising” them.

In terms of priorities, God does not call us to be rooted and grounded in knowledge and standards, or to understand all doctrine or prophecy. God calls us, as our first duty, to be rooted and grounded in love, through the indwelling of Christ in our hearts (Ephesians 3:17–19). Religion based on any other foundation incurs the words of Christ in Matthew 25: 45-46.

What about you? Have you been truly gospelised? Or have you merely been indoctrinated?

– Eliezer Gonzalez

Eli’s Reflection: Think carefully about the questions at the end of this devotional. Make it a point to study and understand what the Gospel is. How will you know if you have been “gospellised”? Because you will become kinder, gentler, forgiving, and more full of grace in all your dealings with others.

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