In Hidden agendas: Dropping the masks that keep us apart, Steve Brown writes that everyone has an agenda. What is an agenda? "An agenda is what we do to get from where we are to where we want to be." An agendas can be either intentional or unintentional. We wear "masks" to help conceal the reality of what is behind them, but masks often make us feel phony or fake. Steve goes on to write the reasons we need to get rid of these masks. How do we do that? By having a real, true relationship with God. After our relationship with God is real, then we can be truthful with others.
Things I liked about Hidden agendas: The questions and Scripture at the end of each chapter; I like this to help me review the chapter and get the main points the author made. I liked the emphasis on our vertical relationship with God-how God views his sons and daughters.
Some may read this book and think, "Yeah, I can keep on sinning." I do not believe Steve Brown is trying to tell people that it's okay to keep on sinning. He is gracious in showing that we are sinners and the need to peel of our masks; I come from a background where grace was not shown by those who should have been gracious (and they should have known better). As a result, I have been very cautious (sometimes too cautious) about who I should trust. Unfortunately in many Reformed Christian circles, we pride ourselves in thinking we have all the important Biblical doctrines right, that we forget that we too are sinners, and we find ourselves wanting to cast the first stone. As always, it is important to go back to Scripture and see what God says about various matters.
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