Here is the comment:
The problem I have with the "relevancy" concern of many churches is that it rests on a false assumption, namely, that human nature changes throughout the ages. It does not. Therefore, the gospel message and the biblical methods are always appropriate. God provides not only the message but also the means.
My first thought was, "this must be a friend or blog reader trying to get me riled up to blog again. If that's true, it worked. This is my first bog of 2008 and it's the middle of February. I actually checked my stats today for the first time this year and still have at least half of my readers. They're probably accidental Google hits.
Anyway, if the comment was not from someone trying to get me to blog again, I hope anonymous is still reading.
Here are some thoughts to ponder:
- What exactly is this unchanging nature of humans?
- If human nature can be defined as some thing as vague as "sinful" or "prideful", rather than being attached to a Worldview, then I would agree that human nature doesn't change. But, then again, I don't think many people are trying to be relevant based on that assumption.
- Could it be that being relevant has to do with meeting people where they are rather than where we are? Like Jesus did when he met the woman at the well (John 4:4-26). He used a symbol taken from her need to be at that well and he deflected her argument about the true place of worship to point her to the kind of worshiper the father seeks.
- I think that most people who try to be relevant would agree that the Gospel message and the biblical methods are always appropriate.
- Jesus was the creator of relevance. His consistent use of parables and departure from the established religious methods are pretty clear.
- I agree that God provides both the message and the means. What exactly do you think is wrong with relevance when you say that God provides the means?
If Anonymous really believes this stuff I would love to hear from him or her. But if this is an attempt to get me to blog again, then I'm back baby!