I cannot remember the context of the conversation, but one little off-the-cuff remark during a class has been constantly replaying in my head.
"Today, convenience tends to trump theology."
It makes me start to wonder about what parts of my faith are driven more by what's convenient to me rather than my theology. Maybe it's due to under developed theology. Maybe it's my upbringing. Maybe Hollywood did it. Maybe it's a little bit of everything.
- We want a church service time that works best for us.
- We want an environment that makes us comfortable.
- We want small group on nights that work around our other events.
- We read our Bibles when we have extra time.
- We eat crackers and drink a thimble of grape juice for Communion.
Can you add to the list?
The obvious question I'm left with is whether it is even possible for many of us who have been become convenience addicts to become more theologically minded when it comes to faith and life?
I'm not convinced that following Jesus was meant to be convenient. (Even though I must admit that I would like it to be.)
But I have a strong suspicion that a convenient faith actually does serious damage to the ability to have faith.