The Paradox of Christianity

The paradox of Christianity is that we stand tallest on our knees, and we see farthest with our eyes closed. We find our independence in depending on another and we realize our uniqueness by imitating another, Jesus Christ.

The paradox of Christianity is that we are more than conquerors and slaves at the same time. We claim victory because we have been defeated. We are conquerors because we have been conquered. We are victors because we have accepted defeat.

316The paradox of Christianity is that we are always for war and against war. We fight and resist the devil, while at the same time fleeing and avoiding the sin. We struggle with all of our strength, while confessing that the strength is not ours.

The paradox of Christianity is that we are called to love the sinner and hate the sin. We are to strongly oppose the lies while tightly embracing the liars. We love our enemies.

The paradox of Christianity is that we are always rich and poor. Our Father owns cattle on a thousand hills but we consider ourselves beggars in His kitchen of grace.

The paradox of Christianity is that we are always happy and sad. Always rejoicing and mourning. We mourn our sins and failures while celebrating Christ’s victory over sin and failure.

The paradox of Christianity is that, at any moment, the Christian is to be both an idealist and a realist. He must live as one aspiring to be perfect while at the same time acknowledging that he will never be perfect this side of heaven/earth.

He must press on towards the mark but never deceiving himself that he has attained it. He must be both a saint and a sinner. Never exclusively the former nor the latter… until Christ returns.

The paradox of Christianity is that, in the fairy tale of faith, the Christian is never the prince. He is always the damsel in distress AND the dragon that needs to be slain.

The paradox of Christianity is that we are qualified by our disqualification. We are worthy because we confess unworthiness. We stand tall because we acknowledge our dwarfish stature. We are conquerors because we have been conquered.

The paradox of Christianity is that a tool of torture is our symbol of hope. We are blessed by a curse.

The paradox of Christianity is that we worship a God who died… but rose again. Our life is found only in and through death. The death of Jesus Christ.

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