The gospel is this: God accepts me in Christ; therefore, I obey. The irreligious younger brother looked for fulfillment by ignoring and running from his father. The moralistic elder brother looked for acceptance through obedience to his father. We see a beautiful picture of the gospel when the Father runs to embrace the prodigal son who has returned home. The Father pleads with the elder brother to come into the party, “31And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’” The parable shows us that God calls both the moralist and irreligious to repentance and faith in Christ.
The enemies of moralism and irreligion are alive and well Pittsburgh. Let’s pray for the transforming power of Jesus to free our neighbors, friends, family members, and coworkers from the enemies of moralism and irreligion. We do this by grasping the truth in our innermost being that God accepts us in Christ, which will compel us to call both the moralist and irreligious into the banquet of God.
 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), 1 Co 1:23.
 The Holy Bible, Lk 15:31–32.
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