Thursday, January 17, 2008

The awesome, dangerous, solid realities

"Kierkegaard described accurately the sense of disorientation which a tamed modern religion produces in those who read the Bible:

'The New Testament therefore, regarded as a guide for Christians, becomes, under the assumption we have made, a historical curiosity, pretty much like a guidebook to a particular country when everything in that country has been totally changed. Such a guidebook serves no longer the serious purpose of being useful to travelers in that country, but at the most it is worth reading for amusement. While one is making the journey easily by railway, one reads in the guidebook, "Here it is a band of robbers has its stronghold, from which it issues to assault the travelers and maltreat them."'

Such a domesticated view of spiritual reality may be superficially comfortable for a while, but eventually it is simply not credible. We will have less anxiety ourselves and more of a hearing from the world if we will believe in and preach the awesome, dangerous, but solid realities taught in Scripture."

Richard F. Lovelace, Dynamics of Spiritual Life: An Evangelical Theology of Renewal, page 144.

In my opinion, the [definite article] challenge of our times is for our churches to re-enter the world of New Testament revival power, without leaving the world of today.