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I still haven’t found What I’m Looking For

2September2011

U2 offered this song to the waiting public in 1987. And a group of people took this up as their generation’s anthem.  It has clear Christian overtones and speaks of searching and longing for more to life. Google the lyrics to the above song and you will read toward the end:

“You broke the bonds
And you loosed the chains
Carried the cross
Of my shame
Oh my shame
You know I believe it

But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for
But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for
But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”

Whether or not this eighties song that still gets airtime today is your thing or not it gave and still gives voice to a phenomenon among countless people in our culture who have a Christian memory. But for various reasons even though they seek spiritual truth/wisdom have managed to discount the Church as a place to “find what they’ve been looking for.”

Many mainline denominations are wringing their hands over serious internal issues while the general public is still off on a self-defined religious quest. Recently there was a clever article written by a UCC pastor on what is likely the majority religious persuasion for those living in the United States: Spiritual But Not Religious. Check out: http://www.ucc.org/feed-your-spirit/daily-devotional/spiritual-but-not-religious.html

We’ve had serious and meaningful conversations on this blog about our concerns over the slide of the Church- perhaps it’s time to include in our focus those who now, in the absence of credible spiritual leadership, have invented their own religion and are pursuing what in many cases amounts to “always learning but never arriving at the truth” (2 Tim. 3.7).

It’s easy to poke holes in the arguments of the ‘Spiritual but not Religious’ denomination-Too easy in fact. But most do have credible testimony of an ineffectual church more concerned with internal issues than washing the feet of the poor, preaching the Cross of Christ and demonstrating the Spirit’s power (1 Cor. 2.1-4). What will we actually do differently to throw out a life line for those drowning in a self-indulgent, self-centered, human focused religion? These are not rhetorical questions- discuss amongst yourselves. Really. Go ahead. Don’t be shy.

 

MW@CCD

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