May your gospel-driven joy piss off all the uptight Christians

“You ought to live your life with such freedom and joy that uptight Christians will doubt your salvation.”

- Steve Brown

So many Christians — both progressive and conservative (and everywhere in between) — carry such a downtrodden vibe about them. The Curse of the Greyface, as it’s been written.

The fruit of the gospel is not found in uptight puritanism. The fruit of the gospel results in freedom and joy. 

But it’s a certain kind of joy. It’s not a self-indulgent joy (which is actually not joy), but a joy that’s turned outward towards one’s neighbor.

May the gospel set you free into a life of utter joy and freedom. And may you smile as all of the uptight Christians give you the stink-eye.

Grace + Godspeed,