A missionary friend of mine went to Africa. It was his first trip to the continent, and he was not sure what a church service was going to be like. On the first Sunday he had the opportunity to preach he went to the pulpit and gave a typical twenty-five minute American sermon, and then sat down. His host approached him and asked, “Sir, have you prepared anything else?” My friend was surprised and said, “No.” The host replied to him, “Sir, you do not understand, some of these people have walked many hours through the night to be here to hear God’s Word, and they are expecting to hear more.” My friend return to the pulpit and preached everything he had. He did not leave the pulpit until many hours had passed, and still the people were hungry for more.
Imagine that, the people in the church were expecting more. What a juxtaposition the image of the African Church is with the American Church. The church in Africa is hungry for more, and expects more. In contrast the American Church has become filled with Santa Claus, and Easter Bunny Christians. The church has boiled their worship down to a bi-yearly nod to God. Somehow we have lost are desire to expect more, and to hunger for God’s Word. The modern American Christian feels that in worshipping God twice a year they have given their utmost for His highest. Many in the church today are better described as Cri-Easters then Christians.
Hunger for More,