- N.T. Wright
My thoughts right now are tending toward concerns I have, and, subsequently, conflicts I feel with regard to our American Christian churches. The conflicts stem from a love for the church. If I didn't love my church for instance, I would not care about the ideas we embrace or the lifestyle we live.
I write this from a "we" perspective because I am not naive to the fact that I am a part of the problem. I am a part of American evangelicalism, and my church, as wonderful as I think it is, is not immune from these problems.
I am conflicted about our adoration of technology. We love our smartphones, iPads, TVs, DVRs, light shows, and electric resonances. I'm not just saying we like technology or that we merely use technology in a utilitarian way. We love it.
I am conflicted about our corporate addiction to porn. Of course, this isn't unique to us, but it is prevalent among us. In 18 years of being with my church, I'm comfortable saying that the majority of men in our midst have struggled at one time or another with porn. On the bright side there are many who have walked out of it and are, Lord willing, leading the way to a future of freedom for the brothers and sisters in our midst.
I am conflicted about our lack of modesty. In many ways this appears to be the third rail at least in our congregation. By and large we are marked by immodesty. This is something I frequently hear from people outside our fellowship. This assessment is true.
I am conflicted about our exaltation of youth. By and large our message to the young is You are awesome! and You can change the world! when a more appropriate message is You need Jesus! and You need to learn to clean your room!
With all that said, I still believe in Philippians 1:6. I know He will complete what He has started.