Working through Kevin DeYoung’s “The Hole in Our Holiness,” I could not help but notice (a nice way of saying being hit upside the forehead) the abundance of applicable writes in the neighborhood this week, works that really have me thinking, such as…
JS Park writes, “Instead of your normal Sunday high, you kind of get a headache from that thrashing electric guitar. The drums pierce you. The lead singer turns back to yell a cue at the pianist; the bass guy checks his watch; the back-up singer turns to cough. You’re taken out of the illusion and you see everything exactly as it is: and how it’s not supposed to be.”
Contrary to how this isolated paragraph reads, the author isn’t attacking methods of worship, or even modernized instruments of praise… he’s simply questioning what’s in the hearts of professing believers today, much as Jesus once did of the religious folk of His day.
Park continues, “…we turn from one program to a slightly better one, and we ease our conscience just a little longer. If you read the Bible as literally as possible, then the truth is obvious: almost none of the churches anywhere have got it right. We’re talking bleak, dismal, and woefully hopeless: picture an apocalyptic tumbleweed.”
To test the reality of his conclusion, the author adds, “The church today would hesitate to allow in a Middle Eastern homeless single guy drinking wine while talking to women at the water fountain and flipping tables at the gift shop yelling at the staff — because Jesus is a bit too real.” You can read the entire article here at The Way Everlasting.
It appears Mr. Park doesn’t hold this position alone, as a quick journey around the web shows.
Steven Sawyer, author of the site For His Glory, asks, “Is the church in our culture acting more like the Bride of Christ or a twenty-dollar harlot?”
The repetitive find of these and others is that the systemic failure has a root cause. The Casey’s may have captured it well.
Casey Lewis inquires, “Who is sitting on the throne in your life?” …to which he acknowledges, “Jesus is supposed to be our Lord.”
Finally, Casey Hobbs considers The Twin Evils of Light Beer and Light Christianity. There he finds, “Christianity light will always hold a lure for us but it will never bring us life. It is, in the words of Michael Horton, Christianity without Christ. In the end, it always reveals itself for what it is, a lousy knock-off of the real thing.”
By the way, Kevin DeYoung’s revelation of the ‘hole that exists in our holiness’ is to conclude that we really don’t care much about holiness anymore… even though we’re commanded to be so.