Sylfaen – Just over fourty years ago, times magazine featured an article called “Is God Dead?” They claimed that faithlessness would be common in a future society where He wouldn’t be needed. Only the poor and the undereducated would have faith in Him. Perhaps their great future isn’t here yet. Last week they featured an article that talked about America’s tendency to have our religion our way. We sort of shop for it.
There’s no shortage of choices for how we want our religion to be. Sort of like a base model of sandwich – two pieces of break, one slice of cheese, and one slice of meat. Then you can customize any way you want it. Sometimes you have to settle for a close enough, sometimes you find exactly what you’re looking for. Then again, you can always throw it away and start over.
There is a danger for Christians in this. Once we all sit down at the cafeteria, we might bicker over who has the proper configuration of sandwich and fail to tell people that the sandwich guy is giving them out for free. That is, we’ll argue over our churches and forget to let people know that the doors are open. I had always figured it was admirable to tell people about Jesus and tell them to find their own church than to bring them into yours. Let’s face facts, some sandwiches and churches are rotten and are no longer good for their true purpose. We can only hope they are few and far inbetween.
It wasn’t long after the establisment of the early church that divisions began to appear. Some people associated themselves with a particular preacher. Others liked a doctrine over another. Today people divide for the same reasons. Sometimes they like a person or what he has to say. Sometimes it can be matters of decoration or denomination. Let this be a reminder to leave the sandwich shop every now and then, there are lots of hungry people out there who do not know the way.