Recently I read two articles concerning different church leaders in Britain who had made statements concerning the state of the church and daring to say that perhaps hard times, job losses would actually be good for people who are somewhat wrapped up in selfishness and 'over much stuff', folks who seem to have lost touch with their faith.
My goodness! What a strange gospel this is!
The faithful good folks of the church reacted with such vehemence to such suggestions it was hard to recognize anything at all in them that might remind one of the Lamb of God who had no place to lay his head, the One who has called them to His be His own.
I reflected on the anger and mean spirited responses these leaders received from their flocks, both Catholic and Protestant. I thought--my goodness! These are not churches at all are they? The leaders seemed to be realizing that the flocks were in a danger an awful lot deeper than financial.
Faith is exactly about hard times I think. I don't mean you cannot have faith if you have no troubles but I mean to say-when did the church become so worldly that the common thought seems to be that the people are OWED and ENTITLED to all the good stuff of this world? Since when is faith about worldly success?
These folks were literally insulted that their leaders dare to suggest that they might need to repent a bit and think of their ways and accept the troubles coming upon them as sent by God for their good. This, to my best recollection has Always been the message of the Apostles and of Christ Himself. It has always been. Now it offends, but who is offended--the world? No-- the very folks who call themselves Christians.
A sad state, but not surprising these days. :(