Polls indicate a high level of respect for and belief in the Bible – yet few people actually read it. Why is this? And by extension, why is it so hard to get Christian men to read their Bibles (or a Christian book)?
Did you realize the Salvation Army is a church? It’s a denomination, just like Baptist or Methodist or Presbyterian. Salvationists hold weekly worship services. They have singing. Sermons. Socializing. But what they don’t have is many men.
It’s led by a general, not a bishop. New members must sign a declaration of faith and practice known as Articles of War. And each member is referred to as a soldier. Sounds like some weird cult, doesn’t it? So what’s the name of this unusual church?
In the past fifty years our collective understanding of liability has changed radically. We used to blame individuals when things went bad – now we blame institutions. And that has serious implications for the church – because, whether we like it or not, the church is one of Western civilization’s bedrock institutions.
When I think of my faith, I do not see it as a love affair. I don’t envision myself sitting across a table in a candlelit restaurant, staring into Jesus’ eyes, casually flirting with him. I don’t picture myself walking hand-in-hand on a beach, opening a love note from Jesus, or climbing into bed next to him.