This morning we heard a very meaningful message by Nate Larkin, author of Samson and the Pirate Monks. He shared his story about the many years he put up a "Saint Nate" front and hid his true self from people, rather than being open about his addiction. Through the gospel, and particularly through community with other believers, Nate was able to learn to live authentically in the church. His talk inspired me to live more honestly before others. I also want to look into starting up a Samson Society meeting of men at our church.
Here are some of my take-aways from Nate's talk that deserve some more pondering:
- It's not so much our sin that keeps us from God but our supposed righteousness.
- The gospel is too big for one person to carry. We need someone else in our journey to remind us of the gospel every day.
- Every day, I need to pick up the phone and tell someone else the truth about what I'm feeling, what I'm doing, and/or what I'm thinking about doing. (Scary!)
- Christianity is a team sport. Jesus brought me into a personal relationship with him, not a private relationship.
- Moralistic Christianity leads to either delusion ("I'm invincible") or despair ("I'm such a loser").