This whole post is solid, but one thing— especially as a dad— that has been really grabbing me of late is looking forward, not back. Not just looking forward to Christ’s return— though we await that day— but looking forward to generations to come. Yes, Christ could return tomorrow. True. But He could also return 10,000 years from now. Cultivating in my children, knowing that the future is their home, is equaly important as preparing to enter the Kingdom tomorrow. And if there be 10,000 more years, bright shining as the Sun, we have battles to prepare them for, we have foundations to secure.

But our children, and our children’s children, they may be remembered as the generation that began to mount some of the first and most significant attacks against the dragons and giants that currency[sic] terrorize the King’s land.

My children may be the leaders in the next Reformation, the next revivals that turn nations to God Almighty. They may have a hand in pushing the dragons back into the dark. We cannot just retreat and hold out until Christ returns with His mighty armies, lest we are committed to being on the run for 10,000 years. We have to push back the dark and our kids, a quiver full of arrows, are the next major part of that.

Perhaps the story is not coming to a close, but barely beginning.

I have often seen this trajectory repeated in the lives of others. I have wondered how this pattern of pride could even happen. How could a young Christian given the anchor of God-centered theology be such a fool? Here is why: he’s not mature.

The Gospel Coalition

Such a great article. Probably because I have been there. Except that I had Twitter and Facebook. I often find myself looking back at my posts. I still agree with my words, most of the time. But my tone at times hasn’t been as refined. I’m closer to maturity today, but still have a long way to go. But I am glad that the author ends on this note:

Don’t bow to cultural expectations of Christian niceness. One way people like to get the upper hand in a debate is to claim you are being mean. What they really mean is that you are a nasty person unless you agree with them. So Calvinists have a mean spirit because they have a horrible God who predestines people to hell. Complementarians are mean because they subjugate women. People will point out Matthew 7:1 and tell you to be more like Jesus (except in all the places where he castigated people). You could be the nicest person in the world and still be called a bigot. The culture’s “be nice” police does not put up with disagreement.

This falls right into the running thread of tolerance in our culture. Disagree and you are deemed intolerant. Makes you question whether they truly understand what that word means.