I sometimes wonder, as I watch us engage in discussion that often “goes south”, if we are losing our focus on our search for God, or more precisely God’s search for us.
The following is the opening paragraph from Abraham Heschel’s God in Search of Man:
It is customary to blame secular science and anti-religious philosophy for the eclipse of religion in modern society. It would be more honest to blame religion for its own defeats. Religion declined not because it was refuted, but because it became irrelevant, dull, oppressive, insipid. When faith is completely replaced by creed, worship by disciplne, love by habit; when the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendor of the past; when faith becomes an heirloom rather than a living fountain; when religion speaks only in the name of authority rather than with the voice of compassion–its message becomes meaningless.
And lest anyone consider what an apt commentary this is on today’s state of things, consider that this was written in 1955. Unfortunately, I far too often see exactly the symptoms the author notes here, and in myself included.
How do we start to work together to recover that “living fountain” that is Christ?