A little thought provocation from my current reading: The Misunderstood God, by Darin Hufford. This seems especially appropriate in light of some comments I’ve read in the news lately.
“I am quickly coming to believe that this is the first time in history that people outside the church have shown more signs of knowing God’s heart than do the people within the church. People in the world shake their heads in disgust at the things we teach about God. They know we’re wrong, but for some reason the majority of Christians don’t see it. I have found that the common bar-dweller knows more about the true heart of God than the dedicated churchgoer.
Christians think they know God because they read about Him in a book. We’ve been taught that the more we read the Bible, the more we will know Him. The Pharisees knew Scripture like the back of their hand, but when God stood in front of them, they didn’t know Him from Adam.”
Last Sunday in Amarillo, Texas, a group of church-goers gathered at the courthouse steps to burn a Quran. As the preacher held the book in front of him and stoked the crowd, a young skateboarder whizzed by, snatched the Quran, and shouted back over his shoulder, “Dude, you HAVE no Quran!” What’s wrong with that picture, and how much more damage can we possibly do to our witness of the “friend of sinners”, (Luke 7:34), and the “Prince of Peace”?