This is so sad. On so many levels.
“SPRING LAKE — A prominent Spring Lake church removed its cross Tuesday and has changed its name as part of a series of moves intended to make it more inclusive
C3Exchange, 225 E. Exchange, Spring Lake, was formerly known as Christ Community Church. The Rev. Ian Lawton, the church’s pastor, said the name change and removing the cross were designed to reflect the church’s diverse members.”
So many are turning from the hard truths of the Christian faith in the name of false inclusiveness. Instead of striving to be holy, striving to conform to Christ, many strive to be open minded.
It is so pervasive that a new term has emerged,
“The casual “whatever” that marks so much of the American moral and theological landscapes–adolescent and otherwise–is a substitute for serious and responsible thinking. More importantly, it is a verbal cover for an embrace of relativism. Accordingly, “most religious teenager’s opinions and views–one can hardly call them worldviews–are vague, limited, and often quite at variance with the actual teachings of their own religion.”
We are becoming a post Christian culture. And we wonder why so many people, especially young people, are lost, confused, broken. Without a strong faith, a strong sense of right and wrong and a desire to find and embrace truth, we cannot answer the ancient questions of every human heart. What does it mean to be human? Does my life have meaning? How can I be truly happy?
All those questions can be answered by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And Him Crucified. And risen.
A dose of St. Paul is in order:
The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the learning of the learned I will set aside.”
Where is the wise one? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made the wisdom of the world foolish?
For since in the wisdom of God the world did not come to know God through wisdom, it was the will of God through the foolishness of the proclamation to save those who have faith.
For Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles… (1 Corinthians 1:18-23)