John was a spiritual gypsy, wandering from Church to Church looking for the next spiritual buzz, the next charismatic preacher spilling out platitudes that endorsed his millimetre thick, yet mile wide theology.
John loved to feel good, he lived for it.
John also loved knowledge. He read the latest popular Christian books and did all the courses. His pastor was a ‘push play’ button pastor. John knew so much, he was a knowledge junkie.
‘More knowledge please, and a double helping of rich worship to go’.
Like a bloated glutton John was hungry to get what was missing.
Meanwhile the poor sat next door, hungry, naked and alone. Christ sat amongst them waiting for John to just be there.
John sat in front of me. The front stage of his life was a sham of activity. The backstage was an anxious fragile empty place. It kept the front stage performance in a delusion that was disconnected from the real world. This was ok because John had built a world of his own.
A group think of others who thought just like him.
I have met many Christians who believe that Spiritual Transformation takes place by getting more. They seek out more worship, more knowledge, and more feelings based experiences.
Hey, I love to hear great teaching, I love to sing with others, but I wonder if the feeling generated is the same as if I was sitting in grandstand watching my favourite sports team win, or rock band perform and everyone singing along to the chorus that no one really understands.
Is my faith experience similar to any endorphin charged teenage groupie!
Oh yeah, God loves Justin Bieber too.
It’s interesting to note the Bible paints a different and probably rather unpopular style of Spiritual Transformation as being the most commonplace.
Suffering, desert experiences, loneliness, incredible risky challenges, going against the majority, and persecution.
Put those as ‘Key Performance Indicators’ and see how few would measure up!
Next we find out about ‘Releasing what is good’.
*In this 4 part series I will be looking at Four approaches to Spiritual Transformation from Connecting by Dr. Larry Crabb and Revolution Within by Dwight Edwards.
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