Wednesday, January 7, 2009

David Wells Quote #4

"We have enough Bibles for every household in America a couple of times
over. We have churches galore; religious organizations;
educational institutions; religious presses that never stop pouring
forth books, Sunday school materials, and religious curricula; and
unparalleled financial resources. What don't we have? All
too often we don't have what the Old Testament people didn't
have. A due and weighty sense of the greatness and holiness of
God, a sense that will reach into our lives, wrench them around, lift
our vision, fill our hearts, make us courageous for what is right, and
over time leave behind its beautiful residue of Christlike character"
(pp. 132-3).

This is another quote of David Wells, from his book The Courage to be Protestant. He's right, we have more material resources to be Christians in America than anyone has ever had. Why are we not changing the world for Christ? It's our heart beliefs, and our internal resistance to a Christ-like life. We are, as Pastor Stan May once said, "Functional Atheists" that claim God, but don't act like He matters.

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