The Cathedral of Christianity

18 Oct

In our reckless attempt to make Christianity popular by making it “practical,” we invariably vandalize it by stripping it of its inherent beauty and mystery… We make it practical by adapting it to the assumed values of the wider culture. We figure out what people want, and then offer them a Christianized version of it. We do it in the name of church growth, but it is really the betrayal of a sacred trust. It would be like turning Saint Paul’s Cathedral into a shopping mall to increase traffic…

Christianity is a vast and enormous cathedral built around the astonishing and seminal confession that Jesus is Lord. But most of us worship in particular chapels – whether Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, Protestant, Evangelical, Pentecostal. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as long as we don’t confuse the chapel for the cathedral.

brian_zahndBrian Zahnd

Beauty Will Save the World (2012), Zondervan, 71, 167,175.

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One Response to “The Cathedral of Christianity”

  1. Earl Vordenberg October 19, 2013 at 2:18 am #

    good one, coming out of the charismatic movement,I began to see more interest in the by products,then the producer of the products…….I had a vision once of Jesus sitting and around him was a carnival, and considering the times, the gifts and such, I felt him saying,the gifts are great,but I want you ,the gifts will follow, a resent vision,I was in what I thought was a huge barn with sheep pens as far as the eye could see,then I realized it was moving, and it was a boat [ ark ] and all the pens had sheep,and some were scattered in the pens [apart from each other but inn the same pen.] and some were all in one corner together,all types of scenarios, and I heard the lord say…..these are all my sheep,we have to keep allot of them apart for now, but they will all one day be one.

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