Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has made herself the center of attention, both by her outstanding play on the field and her outlandish activism off of it. After the US Women’s National Team victory parade, she offered this mini-exposition of her own gospel: “We have to be better. We have to love more and hate less. Listen more and talk less. It is our responsibility to make this world a better place.” In essence: the world is broken, and we should fix it by trying harder to be good.
Her vague moralizing puts demands on us but doesn’t give us the power to do them. The Christian gospel is completely different. John Bunyan put it like this:
“Run, John, run, the law commands
But gives us neither feet nor hands,
Far better news the gospel brings:
It bids us fly and gives us wings”
In the gospel, Christ saves us from our sin and gives us the Holy Spirit. Christ by the Spirit reorders our loves and transforms our lives. But instead of bringing Rapinoe’s egalitarian utopia, the true gospel ushers us into the holiness of God’s kingdom..
God, we ask that you would give us the discernment to separate true from false. The world’s message of trying harder to be better on our own, completely apart from you, is a dead end. May we instead cast ourselves on your grace, confessing the sin that weighs us down and finding our strength in you. Give us new hearts to love what you love as we seek first your kingdom.
About First Baptist Dallas and Dr. Robert Jeffress
Dr. Robert Jeffress is a best-selling author of 24 books, a nationally and internationally syndicated TV and radio host and the senior pastor of First Baptist Dallas, one of the largest and most influential churches in America. Pathway to Victory, Dr. Jeffress’ broadcast ministry, airs daily nationwide on more than 900 radio stations and is broadcast live to 195 countries. His latest book, “Choosing the Extraordinary Life,” is available in bookstores everywhere. He is an evangelical adviser to the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.