You lost me at…

John Douglas posted this video on Facebook. I’d seen the research before, I’ve even commented on similar work (Giving up on Church)


This time it struck me again forcefully how often “Christians” major on the minors. Blow up things of little importance, but forget the vital stuff. Many of us prattle on about how gay marriage is wrong, but we fail to put real effort into supporting the couples who marry in church, so they can stick together becoming one flesh across the years. Some of us even mount campaigns aimed at persuading people into believing that the world was started in 4004BC, rather than spending the money and energy on helping people celebrate the wondrous creation and so its wonderful creator. We preach and sing interminably about how God is nice and loves us, but fail to address the big questions. Which usually begin with “why”.

To be fair one of the reasons I like South City is because from time to time we have a service where people are invited to drop big questions in the box, and the next week those questions are addressed. Last time examples were:

Sometimes when people pray someone is healed, sometimes they are not, why?

Is it wrong for Christians to spend dollars  on expensive holidays and trips?  Are there scriptures to teach us how to use our
God provided Money? Other than being good stewards, helping the poor and widows orphans tithing etc.

4 comments on “You lost me at…

  1. Dr. David Tee

    “Some of us even mount campaigns aimed at persuading people into believing that the world was started in 4004BC, rather than spending the money and energy on helping people celebrate the wondrous creation and so its wonderful creator.”

    People who say this usually have rejected Genesis 1 and attached themselves to some secular alternative. You can’t celebrate the wonders of creation and a great creator with those who reject the truth. The Bible warns about fellowshipping with those who reject God’s word and preach other ideas.

    Preaching the truth is also vital for worship.

  2. tim b

    David, from your perspective which is the more vital, your understanding of Genesis 1 or that people should come to recognise that the world and everything in it is the creation of an awesome God?

    I know which I said was more important, and I stick by it.

  3. steph

    Preaching ‘the’ truth? There is more good truth and pure honesty in an awesome idea of God than a couple of ancient cultural creation stories in translation.

  4. MK

    Actually, you CAN celebrate the wonders of creation with people who do not believe in the biblical creation account.