It’s happened to you…I know it has.
You read something and it hits you so hard you feel like you were cold-cocked by a hammer fist in a UFC fight.
Chuck Norris just stared at you.
I read this and it just bowled me over in its power and intensity AND TRUTH:
Most Americans are still drawing some water from the Christian well. But a growing number are inventing their own versions of what Christianity means, abandoning the nuances of traditional theology in favor of religions that stroke their egos and indulge or even celebrate their worst impulses. Ross Douthat quoted in Unfinished by Richard Stearns
Did you hear that big whack upside the head? Better yet, did you feel it? I wrote a big WOW!! in the margin. I don’t know who Ross Douthat is or what he believes, but Holy Gibbs slap! I have never been to Walt Disney world, but I have talked to folks who have. For all intents and purposes, what Ross is saying is people want to live with a religion that gives them the “Walt Disney World” feeling.
“Give me warm goose-bumps, the warm fuzzies all over.”
“Make me smile all the time.”
“Make me feel good about myself. All the time. Don’t ever tell me I’m going to fight a battle with the enemy of my soul.” Then again, why should he/she? That would ruin their life of ease for them. After all, “God wants you healthy and wealthy… for me” (Think of Golum’s voice as you read that).
“Don’t talk about sin being real or a problem. Just give me the good stuff. ”
“Give me a high.”
Ross is so right. Egos (theirs and ours) are stroked. Our wants are indulged by a God who is “bound” to do so. Our whims are fulfilled because, after all, I can “do and then pray for forgiveness.” Our modern day version of Christianity is so far removed from the cost-of- discipleship-faith Jesus was talking and warning us about. I confess I don’t know much of that myself. While I am in no way a teacher of the health/wealth (un)gospel, I must admit that I have no clue what it is like to live under constant fear of persecution or arrest.
Time to come down off my soapbox now. I just couldn’t help myself after the 2×4 to the head. I would like to know your thoughts though. Feel free to share them.