The church allows people to believe that they can be good Christians and yet draw dividends from armament factories, can be good Christians and yet imperil the well-being of their fellows by speculating in stocks and shares. can be good Christians and yet be imperialists, yet participate in war. All that is required of the good Christian is chastity and a modicum of charity in immediate personal relations.
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) “Education,” Ends and Means: An Inquiry into the Nature of Ideals and into the Methods Employed for Their Realization, 1937
Was this really written in 1937? It could have just as easily been written yesterday.
Look no further for the roots of the church’s demise in the developed world. We have accepted a false gospel of cheap grace heavily glossed with the lacquer of respectability, and then we have the audacity to call it discipleship.
The church has become nothing more than a thermometer of society’s values. We have allowed ourselves to become fully domesticated. We snuggle in the lap of luxury while ignoring the Gospel’s demand for faithfulness.
Jesus validated his ministry by his care for the poor, the despised, and the outcast. The church gives ministry with the poor lip service while working overtime to bolster a decaying institution. Following Jesus is not the same as attending church.
The church calls us to come and be respectable. Jesus calls us to come and die.