Taken from a portion of the Preface: This is not a book about God. To state the thesis somewhat more positively, this book is about life lived before God, what kind of life that is, and what happens when Christian life becomes indistinguishable from other forms of life in our increasingly pluralistic, religiously diverse, multicultural post-Christian society, What one believes about God and the way one lives before God are, of course, closely related. The lives Christians are called to live cannot be separated from the reality of the one before whom they live. But the limited focus of this essay is not on God but on the question of how Christians are to live when traditional interpretations and "practices" of life before God seem to be in eclipse.
Many Christians today have experienced a loss of enormous significance - they no longer understand their daily lives to be lived "before God." This timely work traces the development and implications of this loss and argues for its recovery. In comparing contemporary Christians with believers of previous eras, author George Stroup sees an "eclipse" of life lived before God. This eclipse is tragic because the Bible presupposes human life as a daily, personal relationship with God. Stroup here offers help by exploring anew the biblical view that Jesus Christ models most clearly what life lived before God and neighbor looks like. He then suggests that describing Christian life as gratitude naturally evokes a sense of life lived before God. The book concludes by examining whether life before God requires a sense of God's presence - and whether it is possible to live before God even in those times when he seems to be absent. Offering thought-provoking analysis of modern faith and sound direction for spiritual renewal, Before God is perfect for churches, study groups, pastors, and individuals pursuing genuine discipleship.
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