One of my favorite bloggers is the internet monk Michael Spencer. I’ve been onboard with his journey through “the post-evangelical wilderness” for probably almost 2 years now. We have much in common: both evangelicals seeking a more holistic, ancient, missional, theologically open-minded, Jesus-shaped spirituality. I would highly recommend my southern-accented Kentucky brother to you all as you carry on your own journey in your faith. You can read him at both his Internet Monk site or his Jesus Shaped Spirituality blog. The following quote is proudly displayed on the sidebar of his Jesus-shaped blog and a sentiment I whole-heartedly endorse.
“Our central lie is in the discrepancy between the language of worship and the actions of worship. We confess “Jesus is Lord” but only submit to the part of Christ’s authority that fits our grand personal designs, doesn’t cause pain, doesn’t disrupt the American dream, doesn’t draw us across ethnic and racial divisions, doesn’t add the pressure of too much guilt, doesn’t mean forgiving as we have been forgiven, doesn’t ask for more than a check to show compassion. We “sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” expressing our desire to know Jesus, but the Jesus we want to know is the sanitized Jesus that looks a lot like us when we think we are at our best. Despite God’s Word to the contrary, we think we can say that we love God and yet hate our neighbor, neglect the widow, forget the orphan, fail to visit the prisoner, ignore the oppressed. Its the sign of disordered love. When we do this, our worship becomes a lie to God.”
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