Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Faith and Scripture Today

I'm sending you to this blog post, No Blog of Significance. It's a long post but I was taken with this quote:

"How, then, should we communicate our faith to this postmodern audience? Some Christians fear that in an attempt to be culturally relevant and attractive to outsiders we will water down the gospel. But it’s not about changing the message, it’s about changing the way we communicate the message, because we truly care about connecting with our listeners. In fact, it means caring enough to become listeners. The catchphrase among postmodern church leaders when it comes to evangelism is, 'Don’t count conversions; count conversations.'” It would be interesting to go through the Gospels and look at both Jesus' conversations and conversions.

If you're like me, you'll get to the end and realize that he's not exactly supportive of post-modern thinking but I still like this quote and I think he makes some important observations about our culture - observations that particularly apply to up-and-coming generations.

The one thing I would add is that we have to keep reminding one another that in any and every generation, faith says that even today He (Father/Son/Holy Spirit) is always watching over His word to perform it. It will never return to Him without accomplishing the purpose He sent it for. He is always willing and able to make His words and stories come alive in the hearts and minds of listeners in order to reveal Himself just as He has in every generation. Faith still comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Which ties back to why I liked what he said when he said [but this is my version] that we can't water down or abandon His Word without abandoning Him. The question is what does that look like? What does it mean? Does it mean just quoting scripture, KJV or the NIV, or is there a chance His Word implies more than that? Words and living that say the same thing, send the same message, reveal the same Savior?

1 comment:

  1. You're right, I'm not supportive of post-modern thinking. But I certainly appreciate the kind words and the link.