Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Way Back

An excerpt from near the end of David Wells' God In The Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams, to me, captures the path the evangelical church must take in this post-modern era to find the way back to actually being the church of Jesus Christ:

If [the church] is for God, for His truth, for His people, for the alienated and trampled in life, then it must give up what the post-modern world holds most dear: it must give up the freedom to do anything it happens to desire. It must give up self-cultivation for self-surrender, entertainment for worship, intuition for truth, slick marketing for authentic witness, success for faithfulness, power for humility, a God bought on cheap terms for the God who calls us to a costly obedience. It must, in short, be willing to do God's business on God's terms. As it happens, this idea is actually quite old, as old as the New Testament itself, but in today's world it is novel all over again.

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