Saturday, November 16, 2019

Beach: dying of respectability

Saturday, November 16, 2019
    Feast of Margaret, Queen of Scotland, Philanthropist, Reformer of the Church, 1093
    Commemoration of Edmund Rich of Abingdon, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1240
    Restore us again, O God our Savior, and put away your displeasure toward us.
    —Psalm 85:4 (NIV)
    The word of God has been so thoroughly tamed that as peddled in the churches there is nothing scandalous, strenuous, or revolutionary about it. It is not even difficult. It is easier to join a Christian church than it is to join Rotary. Whereas in some eras of its history, Christianity was threatened by persecution, in our own American culture, it faces an opposite threat which lies in its very success. Christianity is dying, not of persecution or neglect, but of respectability.
    ... W. Waldo Beach (1916-2000), The Christian Life, Richmond, Va.: CLC Press, 1966, p. 11 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 85:4; Matt. 18:7; Matt. 13:20-22; 15:12-14; 24:10; Mark 4:16-19; Luke 17:1; John 6:54-55; Rom. 11:7-10; 1 Cor. 1:22-23; Gal. 5:11; Rev. 3:15-17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You will save Your church, as You have promised.
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