Friday, July 06, 2007

France, Freedom, & Religion

It is interesting that French children in schools are very disciplined. They are challenged to a greater degree than in the US. They are pushed by competition and compliance and the cream rises to the top. This is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I have found that French children are very polite and respectful to parents and adults. Yet when many of these children grow up they are staying single much longer, they continually develop sexual relationships, they find their voice in protests and they are ambivalent toward organized religion. They are searching for freedom and pleasure.

Erwin McManus has said that the human soul has a longing to be alive that is stronger than our instinct to live. An there is an intuitive connection between being alive and living free. The problem with the church today is that it is known more for what it is against than what it is for. Most people aren't looking for freedom of religion, they are looking for freedom from religion: freedom from the the rules , the judgment, the condemnation. And the church is the last thing they think of when they are looking for something that is alive.

They key to reaching the unchurched in France and Europe is in establishing a local church that speaks the foreign language of culture and presents the abundant life that Jesus offers. We must stop expecting non-Christians to act like Christians before we let them enter a church. Jesus did not die to so that we could become better rule followers. He wants our hearts. When He has those His Spirit will change our lives; not to follow rules but to be alive and free in Christ.


Jay Kelly said...

Great thoughts, Ken! Posted this to delicious for all my subscribers to read.

Gina Witcher / Runnermom4 said...

Great blog babe! I think I will link to yours today.