Looking at the state of Christianity in the world today with all its various camps and divisions, it’s tempting to idealize the early church as a perfect time of peace and harmony. But then the book of James disrupts that rose-colored view.
Imagine a son whose father journeyed to a distant country and then wrote his son a series of letters, instructing him on how he was to carry on the family name and how he was to conduct the family business. Yet suppose that the son never read his father’s letters. How would this son ever learn to represent the father and conduct the father’s business? He wouldn’t. And neither does the local church that ignores the Word of God.
If we want to be the men God is calling us to be—men who are rightly admired and respected by those we love, men who faithfully fulfill our duty before God—then we will make as our motto and watchword the Masculine Mandate that we have received from God...
Matthew gives us three clear statements about Jesus's mission. If we miss one of them, we will only follow a two-dimensional shadow of the real Jesus, and when it comes to following Jesus, two out of three is very bad indeed.