A Recommended Article on the Lack of Christian Thought
Thanks to Alex at The Pedestrian Christian blog I have spent several hours over the last two days reading articles at Paul’s Passing Thoughts blog. There is one article in particular at Paul’s Passing Thoughts that has caused me to think very hard about how Christians interact with the fallen world around us (I suspect that Paul Dohse, the author, would be happy to hear that).
Before I provide a link to the article I want to give you a little background as to why this is important to me. I grew up in Colorado and all of my family still live there. When a monster commits an act like the recent movie theater massacre it always bothers me but when it happens at “home” my stress level increases dramatically. Add to this the Columbine shootings of fifteen years ago and President Reagan’s would be assassin being from Colorado and it seems like Colorado has had more than its “fair share” of wackos.
What is going on here and how should a Christian engage others on such issues? Paul Dohse has a thought provoking article on the topic which I recommend. Even if the movie massacre doesn’t hit home to you there will be, sooner or later, some incident that will. You will be best served if you start thinking about it now so you will be prepared. Here is a quote from “Recent Movie Theater Massacre Further Reveals Christian Sloth” which I recommend highly:
And the reason is Christian sloth, primarily in the area of THINKING. American Christianity has become a flock of lazy thinkers. We like our Christianity easy, and mindless, and are willing to endure the misery that comes with it. Sound bites, clichés, and truisms long ago replaced Christ’s exhortation to seek with all of our heart, soul, and mind. In the recent TANC conference on Gospel Discernment and Spiritual Tyranny, John Immel got it right: “thinking is hard” and “ideas are hard” and Christians are up to neither. This is why we prefer things that are EASY. Thinking is hard. And the Colorado massacre reveals such.
I am not going to cite specific examples, but the Christian articles going viral on the internet are the ones offering the pat answers and borrowing sound bites from the world; for example, calling the massacre a “senseless act.” No it wasn’t. The act was masterfully planned. When the goal of the individual is considered, the act makes perfect sense and again, was very well planned. Like the world, Christians continue to call such well-planned actions “senseless”—because that’s easy and we don’t have to make sense of it—that’s hard.