In Chapter 7 of John Stott’s classic Basic Christianity he writes “There is no redemption in an example. A pattern cannot secure our pardon.” In other words we must never reduce our faith to a mere catalog of good moral examples (Deepak Chopra and Oprah have already done a sufficient job in this area!). But, just because some have reduced the life of Christ to a mere illustration of ethics is not to say that Christ cannot show us the ethical way. Agreed it’s necessary to see Christ as more than a mere example, but it’s also important to think of him as no less than a good example and follow his lead accordingly. Peter clearly expects us to do so. “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21).
What do you think? Is Christ an example in your life and, if so, how are you following his lead? While my inquiry may be rhetorical for this forum, I’m guessing Peter would appreciate your reply if he were listening and I know Jesus expects one!