I realize that some of my posts might give me the branding "disgruntled evangelical." I don't mean that to be the case but I could see why someone might think that. I guess I follow the old dictum that you are always meanest to the ones you love the most. In other words, it is out of love, and not disagreement that I write these things, even if it is a frustrated love. I also tend not to give specific examples. That is very much strategic. My goal with these posts is not to call people out, but to try and help us become more aware of things that might normally fly under our radar. This post is no different.
Paul proclaimed that in his weakness he knew Christ's strength. Christianity, as the way of the cross, is necessarily the way of humility. Therefore, in light of that, I would like to make something of an axiomatic statement: The greatest vice of the Christian church is a belief in its strength. Just as the individual believer, the church is at its strongest when it grasps its total weakness. Now, in light of how we tend to think about church success, what do we do with this? If this is true, and I think it is, how do we talk about success? What do we do with churches that proclaim, implicitly or explicity, "We have it all together, so just do what we do and the kingdom will come!?"