The Gospel or the American Dream?

This morning I'm thankful that God's version of the Gospel was not, and is not, what I see as often the normal Western version of it. If it was God's version, He would have never journeyed to the cross. Remember Jesus' words in Luke 9:23-24 Then he said to them all: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it."

The West has confused the American Dream (comfort, convenience, security and safety) with the goals of Christianity. If Jesus would not have these amenities when He walked this earth (as a sign that they are not the GOAL of Christianity, but blessings along the way), then we should be careful not to make them our goal. If we turn Christianity into being "blessed" whether by protection, affluence or comfort, we change it entirely. The true Gospel that vexes the powers of darkness, is that God be glorified through my life, whatever it costs me.