I never cease to be amazed at the capacity of children to be hungry almost all the time. It is with profound respect that I now look back on my mother being able to keep food in the fridge and on the table as I distinctly remember growing up and being able to eat my entire body-weight in snacks. Some of you are thinking “Big deal I can still do that”. Yeah, But I did it without gaining an ounce. But momma always knew I’d hit the snacks too hard when it came down to dinner and I wasn’t hungry. Of course I wasn’t hungry, I had just eaten an entire box of cookies, a box of cereal and drank a gallon of milk – in one sitting. How was I supposed to find room for broccoli after that?
Russell Moore this week writes about a stunning symptom of lost faith in the American Church. He invites us to envision the following scene,
“A Mormon television star stands in front of the Lincoln Memorial and calls American Christians to revival. He assembles some evangelical celebrities to give testimonies, and then preaches a God and country revivalism that leaves the evangelicals cheering that they’ve heard the gospel, right there in the nation’s capital.
The news media pronounces him the new leader of America’s Christian conservative movement, and a flock of America’s Christian conservatives have no problem with that.
If you’d told me that ten years ago, I would have assumed it was from the pages of an evangelical apocalyptic novel about the end-times. But it’s not. It’s from this week’s headlines. And it is a scandal.”1