Monday, January 24, 2005

questions...uncertainty...thoughts...and things

after having two conversations in two days with people i have a worlds of respect for i'm trying to figure what the hell is going on with christians these days. so look out everyone, i'm about to start processing. if you're looking for coherent, thoughtful insight on spiritual issues, you might wanna check out john loppnow's blog (dont be fooled by the U2 guise). those of you ready for someone asking lots of big questions, read on. also, you'll find a pair of safety glasses and some earplugs under your seats. please feel free to use them.

recently eve had some thoughts on christians and what those people are gravitating towards and where God is in that. i've had similar thoughts lately about how many people that i know who i can look at and say 'that person is in a stronger relationship with God than they've ever been'. now maybe thats none of my business. in fact, i've been more annoyed lately by people who judge someone else's relationship with God. i'm sure i still do it but i'm of the opinion thats it's between them and God.

so whats going on? why are so many people who were once so solid in their faith all of the sudden wavering? i cant stress enough that i dont say this from a judgmental view because i am in the very same place. i still cling to my basic beliefs and i know them to be true. i know God loves me more than anything. i know what Jesus did on the cross about 2,000 years ago changed the world forever and i'm redeemed because of it. i know the Holy Spirit is alive and real and has the power to move through people and transform them in remarkable ways. i dont doubt those things...but thats about all i know anymore. something is going on and i dont like it.

i have questions about the church. i have questions about heaven. i have questions about salvation. there is a part of me that wonders how much the big, rich pastors really know about God. i have questions about the way we treat each other. i have questions about what sin is. i have questions about what God hopes for us and expects from us. so thats me...

but why are people seeming to lose interest in their relationship with God? i know it's happening to me and a lot of other people. is it because they're burnt out? i dont think so. is it something God is doing? i'm really not comfortable saying 'yes' to that question. all i know is that i see a collective apathy and flatness in the way people are treating their relationship with God. i dont think it's always a lack of caring though. it's like something is missing and no one knows what it is.

if anyone has any thoughts, please share.


Blogger vbt said...

hey drew,

these are some good questions... i don't think i have an answer, but here's a suggestion. if you're having questions about salvation, cynthia crysdale wrote a book called "embracing travail" which deals with different views of salvation. this might help you, mess with your brain even more, or both.

January 24, 2005 4:07 PM  
Anonymous John Loppnow said...

Hey Drew, Its been a while.
I found a new site - and typed in my name - so narcissistic, I know.

but your blog was the first one to pop up.

I am honored by your words.
But, I have a question, do you like u2?

April 20, 2005 11:25 AM  

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