Michael Spencer hits this one out of the park:
The Gospel isn’t a ball of playdough waiting to be shaped into whatever happens to be of interest to me. It doesn’t serve political parties. It doesn’t sell books. It doesn’t make megachurches really cool. It purchases a people, saves them and changes their hearts to belong to God, not to the world.
The Gospel is simple. It’s free. It overturns us and our little party. It says things we don’t want religion to say, but that’s ok, because it’s not religion. The Gospel upsets people who are startled by its power and universal application. The Gospel can get you crucified, and then it’s even more powerful.
Well said, sir, and God bless.