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When commitment is nothing but pious platitudes

Posted: Thursday, Feb 6th, 2014

Peter Spallek has been pastor of Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church since September 2007. He attended Concordia University in Irvine, Calif., receiving a bachelor of arts in parish education; and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, where he received a master of arts in theology. Visit the church’s website at http://tinyurl.com/pagelutheran.
“Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.… If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. (John 14:21, 23-24)

The topic for the message this past Sunday was discipleship. We’d all like to be good disciples of our Lord but I think too often we come into that without realizing what being a disciple really means.

At its core, discipleship means commitment. Now, when someone asks you to make a commitment, how do you decide whether say yes or no? My guess is that your answer probably depends on how you feel about what you’re committing to. And if you see that as positive, you’ll probably go ahead and make the commitment.

Personally, I have a problem with that. I believe our culture has diluted the meaning of the word commitment to that simple one-sided feel-good process.

For the complete article see the 02-05-2014 issue.

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