“A generation of Christians reared among push buttons and automatic machines is impatient of slower and less direct methods of reaching their goals. We have been trying to apply machine-age methods to our relations with God. We read our chapter, have our short devotions, and rush away, hoping to make up for our deep inward bankruptcy by attending another gospel meeting or listening to another thrilling story told by a religious adventurer lately returned from afar. The tragic results of this spirit are all about us. Shallow lives, hollow religious philosophies, the preponderance of the element of fun in gospel meetings, the glorification of men, trust in religious externalities, quasi-religious fellowships, salesmanship methods, the mistaking of dynamic personality for the power of the Spirit; these and such as these are the symptoms of an evil disease, a deep and serious malady of the soul.”
This could have been written yesterday, but written by Towzer (who died in 1963) . . .
I have nothing to add . . . what Tozer says is as true today as it was when he wrote it, at least 50 years ago . . . which – as I write this, makes me very sad 😦
How do we change this culture in the Church? How does the Kingdom of the last and the least being put first and foremost become our living breathing reality? Can we live in the slow and less immediate rush of “now” and have a vision of the Spirit inhabiting every believer (As He most surely does!) in such a way that as the Church (Me and You) we might be so empowered and emboldened that – well, we are free to be all that we were made to be.
Sigh. Help us God.