6 Questions Christians Should Just Start Asking
It is way past time for the Church to let go of its own collective ego and get real with life and faith and the big issues of our time.
BY: Dr. Steve McSwain
Since the article I wrote a few weeks ago was released, “6 Things Christians Should Just Stop Saying,” I have received a myriad of emails and comments. Most have appreciated my awkward attempts to share my feelings and concerns about the state of Christianity today. Others, however, were not so appreciative. In fact, some were quite offended.
I meant no offense with the former article. I mean no offense with this one.
I do feel, however, it is way past time for the Church to let go of its own collective ego and get real with life and faith and the big issues of our time.The Church is largely dying. This is true in many places. And even if you disagree with my assertion, I think you would agree the Church is declining, as well as going through dramatic changes, good and bad, and whatever emerges on the other side will likely be dramatically different from the Church we know today.
When I assert, however, that the Church is dying, I do not mean to convey the notion that the Church will disappear.
Meanwhile, however, the madness in the Church is escalating, as seen in the most remarks, for example, by Rev. David Barton in a recently recorded Sunday morning service. Barton, the evangelical preacher, said something to the effect, “You can’t be Christian and drink Starbucks Coffee because Starbucks supports gay marriage.”
At first, I thought, “You’re kidding, right?” He wasn’t. Then, I thought, “You didn’t just say what I heard you say?” He did. Then, I thought, “You mean I can’t be a Christian and have a Bud Light occasionally or shop at Target (my wife’s favorite store) or J. C. Penny’s or … What’s this? … Not at Amazon either?”
“What, you mean I’ve gotta give up my Levi jeans? Is that what you really just said? Expedia, too? Because last I checked, they ALL support gay marriage.”
You can see perhaps why I have now six questions Christians should just start asking.
1. Why would it surprise any Christian that the Church has squandered its prophetic voice when buying a cup of coffee from a company that supports gay marriage is now the criteria by which we are to judge the genuineness of one’s faith?
I mean, really! Is this what it comes down to now? I have more questions…
2. Why are there more atheists in cultures and countries where Christianity is the predominant religion? Has something gone terribly wrong with Christianity?
I would say, “No. There’s nothing ‘wrong’ with Christianity. But yes, something seems to have gone terribly wrong within the many denominational expressions of Christianity.”