I’m reading George Barna’s
new book Revolution
and it’s pretty powerful. He’s raising some tough questions and I’m sure that’s making some folks out there pretty uncomfortable. But that’s the nature of tough questions. They make us uncomfortable because they challenge our presumptions, our ways of looking at things. But that’s also why they’re important to ask.
One question that Barna raises that I find particularly challenging is this:
If the local church is God’s answer to our spiritual needs, they why are most churched Christians so spiritually immature and desperate?
Barna hasn’t answered that question completely yet. And I certainly don’t have a complete answer yet either. But it’s a question we need to struggle with.
The French philosopher Blaise Pascal said that we all have a "God shaped hole" inside us that we instinctively try to fill. He went on to say that only a genuine relationship with the living God would be able to satisfy that emptiness. I believe Pascal was right. We’re searching for something to fill that God shaped hole within us. We’re searching because God created us that way – God created us with the desire to know God, love God, serve God.
But that makes Barna’s question even more significant. If the church is God’s answer to our spiritual needs, then why are most churched Christians so spiritually immature and desperate? What do you think?