"The difference between extra-marital sex and extra marital sex is not to be sneezed at."
- George Will
Friday, January 4, 2013
On his blog lately, theological historian Roger Olson has been lamenting what he sees as a more secular evangelical church in America.
What I mean by “secular” (and its cognates) is belief that human life can be lived successfully without God or religion.
While I respect Olson's perspective as a historian (I've devoured a number of his books; some, including his big green one, I've read almost twice), I am usually not in step with his opinions on theology. With that said, I too cry for a more passionate evangelical church.
In today’s evangelical Christianity I hear very little talk about God speaking to people, guiding and leading them, healing or providing for them—or doing anything (except giving comfort).
I'm thankful that my church, and a number of my friends' churches, can not be described in such a way. However, in many ways American evangelicalism has been obsessed with truth at the cost of spirit (or vice versa), or perhaps obsessed with being attractive at the cost of both spirit and truth.
Let the church repent, and return to its first love. The more you love Jesus, the less you love the world (1 John 2:15).
"You say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked."
- Revelation 3:17