“The world is for all of us not only what it is- it is what we believe it to be. I have begun to see clearly the wide gulf between our modern attitudes about truth and truth itself. Our forefathers saw clearly what many now refuse to see. Sin, the devil constitute one force; God and righteousness the other. These forces are forever opposed in grave irreconcilable hostility. Humanity, because of our nature is caught in the middle. Evil is bent on destroying us; the gospel of Christ seeks to save. Human beings must choose sides. Neutrality is not an option!” -TOZER
When does the Christian faith call us to recognize our bias and judgment, and when does it call us to stand beside what is timeless and true? God created men like Assisi but also men like Tozer. Much like a marriage the church needs balance and is benefited by these different dispositions.
The emergent church has become a flock of trend chasers. Like the carrot of popularity on the proverbial stick, many modern believers will justify nearly anything and betray virtually every value to shove their round faith into a secularized square hole.
The emergent church foolishly views the world as a sandbox instead of a minefield. If you ask them bluntly, they will hedge around the question but their conduct gives them away. The gospel of Christ will never win popularity contests. How it breaks my heart to see fellow Christians like Derek Web, Donald Miller and Rob Bell trash church publicly for little more than New York times accolades. These men of fame and attention have become ashamed of the narrow road. They have choosen instead to become Christian panhandlers begging for the crumbs of secular affirmation alongside a wide and worldly road of fools. They have traded Paul’s unyielding zeal for Peter’s rooster cry of compromise and betrayal.
The world is lost on a wide sea and Christians alone know the way back. The world needs them desperately, and it needs that despised Bible, too. For written on those politically incorrect pages are the stars that guide us on this rough and unknown ocean. The day when Christians should meekly apologize is over. You will get the worlds attention not by trying to please, but by boldly declaring the truth of the gospel of grace. You will make yourselves heard not by compromise but by taking the affirmative and sturdily declaring “Thus saith the Lord.”
No night can be dark enough to put out the light of truth.
The timeless truth of God’s word must not be rejected because it is perceived old as we ache to be new.