Dr. Elaine Heath observed today that “the longer someone is part of the church, the less excited they are about Jesus.”
While not categorically, absolutely true, there is more truth to this statement that I, a professional clergy, want to admit.
What is it about church that kills excitement about Jesus? If excitement about Jesus is a good, what ought we do about reversing this inertia?
Wrote the above last night, so I’ve pondered it since, and decided to add this:
I wonder if too much of what excites people early on in their experience of church/Jesus is about what Jesus does for them. After all, that is how Jesus is presented, primarily, in our culture. Jesus can save you from your sins. Jesus offers you forgiveness, etc., etc.
Then, not too far into this new life of forgiveness and salvation, we wake up to see that our lives are the same. The lives of those around us (now those in the church) are pretty much the same. Salvation and forgiveness is good, but, apparently, they only go so far.
What if we learned to look at what Jesus offers, and what following Jesus offers for us; for our culture; for the world?
This, I think, is something we can get, and stay, excited about!