When the “me generation” became Christians, we baptized this egocentrism. We now felt guilty for spending all our money on ourselves. So we gave it to the church. Mainly to our own local church. The church growth (mega-church) movement was led by baby boomers and populated with the “me generation.” We built modern cathedrals with children’s ministry spaces that Disney would covet. We still gave (and give) money to missions, but preferably for a trip that includes me. We sing the (beautiful) praise chorus, “It’s all about you, Jesus.” Who are we kidding? It’s all about Jesus—as long as it’s in a service I like, in a building I like, with people I like, with music I like, for a length of time I like. At some point in this generation, “Take up your cross and follow me” changed into, “Come to Jesus and he’ll make your life better.”
– Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible (Brandon J. O’Brien & E. Randolph Richards)
I have been reading an interesting book called Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes. I just read this quote and wondered what you thought about it. Accurate? Off base? What do you like/dislike about the thoughts presented? Just curious.
I think it is entirely too accurate. And that is a little frightening. There is so much more to be said here but I think I will just leave this quote and let you consider it. Time to stop living in “selfie” world and put the focus back where it belongs…Jesus.