“Most Christian books are about two things: helping the readers succeed and making them feel good. They’re both great, and I’m not putting that down, but somehow it’s become all about us and never about what God wants to do in the world.” –Dave Ping, coauthor (w. Steve Sjogren) in Outflow.
“Our postmodern world is pulling each individual into a vacuum of self-centeredness, whispering, ‘It’s all about you.’ It’s all about your own pleasure, peace, prosperity, and comfort. It’s all about what you think. It’s all about your own self-actualization, your individual pursuit. It reminds me of the first lie that mankind heard in the garden: ‘You will be like God!’ It is all about us, isn’t it?” –Del Tacket, TruthProject.com
“Even though much of the [Restore America] conference’s rhetoric is steeped in words like ‘freedom’ and ‘liberty,’ their agenda is entirely composed of taking freedoms away from you and I. In a lengthy interview, David Crowe told me about an ‘Evangelical Contract with America’ he’s working on. Here’s what’s on that list: criminalizing abortion, ending no-fault divorce, preemptively banning same-sex marriage and civil unions, forcing judges to abide by a narrow interpretation of the Constitution, doing away with ‘the plague of porn that is infesting the nation,’ and keeping illegal immigrants out of America’s borders. There’s not exactly a lot of ‘freedom’ on the list,” Scott Moore, The Portland Mercury News
“Perhaps the greatest challenge for evangelical Christians in the 21st century is the culture war. As a nation our Christian values are under attack as never before,” Larry Lewis, National Facilitator of the Mission America Coalition
“On each of the other 10 topics, ministers feel significantly less informed about the culture surrounding them than do churchgoers. Twenty percent of ministers feel very informed about the Internet compared to 43 percent of laity; 19 percent of ministers feel very informed about what’s on television today compared to 31 percent of laity; 18 percent are very informed about books compared to 27 percent of laity; and 16 percent are very informed about movies today compared to 24 percent of laity.” 2006 Survey by LifeWay Christian Resources
There is an epidemic of self-focused thinking among Christians. It’s even encouraged by some churches. And it isn’t just Me Church.
Will you do something? Will you learn the full truth? And will you write it?