I have been thinking this week about how the American church must compete with a society that must be entertained. This thought of course came from all the auto auctions, golf tournaments, and football games that have been scheduled for the Phoenix area these last few weeks. The Valley of the Sun is alive with one activity after another.
Dallas Willard said it well, “The western segment of the church today lives in a bubble of historical illusion about the meaning of discipleship and the gospel. We are dominated essentially by the enlightenment values that rule American culture: Pursuit of happiness, unrestricted freedom of choice, disdain of authority. The prosperity gospels, the gospels of liberation, and the comfortable sense of what life is all about that fills the minds of most devout Christians in our circles are the result. How different is the gritty realization of James, “Friends of the world are enemies of God” (James 4:4). And “If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in Him (2John 2:15).