Yesterday I was very captivated by a thought that has challenged and encouraged me. Earl was writing about how the church has been trying to be “seeker-sensitive” and really that’s not a bad idea. But the words we uses like seeker, lost, unsaved, non-christian tend to create an us and them mentality. Now we don’t do it on purpose.
The truth is, people who are not going to church, are not really seeking. The only true seeker is the Father. The Father sent Jesus to seek us. Some have been found and some are still hiding, but Jesus is searching for us.
The reason that this captivated me, is because it puts me in the same camp as the people who are not going to church. It gives us all the same status as sought-out ones. I think there is an incredible amount of spiritual arrogance in the church today, and this simple paradigm shift can eliminate the arrogance, and the us vs. them mentality.
I went to a little half-day conference where Earl was the speaker. And I left with more thoughts and questions then I came with. Earl is like a friend who always knows exactly what you are hungry for, and takes you to that restaurant, but then afterwards, he invites you to another restaurant with food that you’ve never even heard of before but you are instantly intrigued and you can’t wait for the next time you get together.
Thanks Earl, I’m loving the book, and I look forward to getting challenged more and more.