Recently, the results of the newest Pew survey were released, showing a decline in individuals identifying themselves as Christians, whereas the population of the non-religious is increasing. In response to this, there have been numerous attempts to answer whether by blaming specific groups or explaining that it is the loss of those who never really belonged to the flock. It is fair to recognize that, sometimes, a person who claims to be a Scotsman is not always a real Scotsman; nevertheless, this matter is one that should generate contemplation within the church. Is the message, which is being brought to the world, vain or does it truly contain the light and life found within Christ Jesus?
Walking into a Christian bookstore, one can find dozens of texts which present an idea that one may come to Jesus by virtue of their intellect, so as to be reasoned into heaven. Even Apologetics has become dedicated to countless “proofs” that try to make our faith seem reasonable – placating to sinful man’s demand. It is Paul who writes victoriously, glorifying God’s purpose, when he explains that, while the Jews demanded miracles, the Greeks demanded wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Greeks. He continues and explains that God chose the weak and foolish things of this world to shame the strong and wise.
There is this idea that man, though separated from God through sin, possesses an untainted mind. That which has cursed the flesh of man, though, has cursed man’s mind also. We are cursed in such a way that the only reconciliation for the mind is the very same for the soul: Jesus, our blessed Redeemer, who suffered what He did not deserve to give us what we do not deserve. Where the message entertains the idea that man can be coerced to the cross by mere effort, the truth is replaced with vanity and sensationalism. We should take this to heart and return our words back to the foolishness of the cross on which our Redeemer was nailed. Perhaps then, the lost who respond to the message may have roots which run deep and can withstand being choked or dried out by the heat of the sun.