There's a famine in the land and God's people are starving - they just don't know it yet. When I turn on Christian T.V. I'm often served a seven step (or should I say course) message about my right to prosperity, how I am supposed to have my best life now, or I'm told that Christ's atonement bought me health and wealth. Via my mega deluxe 5.1 surround sound system I can hear the slightest ripping sounds as scriptures are wrenched from their context by smiling and well-manicured preachers, whose careful verse selection can make God's word say anything. But wait, there's more! Let's not forget the well placed emotional story meant to touch our emotions and move us to believe. After gagging on the mamby-pamby, me-centered, emotional theology, I am then usually treated to a syrup "the-love-of-Jesus-is-all-we-need" message. It makes me sick. Excuse me while I go purge.
Okay, I'm back. Now, where was I? Oh yeah, theological starvation. Is it me, or are these T.V. preachers wacked? Can any of them exegete his (or, unfortunately, her) way out of a wet-paper heresy? What gives? Where's the beef? Where's the meat? And now that I'm asking, what is wrong with God's sheep that motivates them to write checks to the well-spoken yet theologically shallow preachers? Is it just because they are told what they want to hear? Is it really that simple?
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