“WHAT’S IN IT FOR GOD?”

Michael Horton has written these words of challenge to the church today.

The older theology tended to produce character.  By the end of the twentieth century we have become God’s demaning little brats. In church, we must be entertained. Our emotions must be charged. We must be offered amusing programs. We give up a lot to become Christians and what little teaching we do get must cater to our pragmatic, self-centered interests. Preaching must be filled with clever anecdotes and entertaining illustrations with nothing more than passing references to doctrine. I want to know what this means fr me in daily experience.

Have we forgotten that God is a monarch? He is the king by whom and for whom all things were made and by whose soveriegn power they are sustained. We exist for his pleasure, not he for ours. We are here on earth to entertain him, please him, adore him, bring him satisfaction, excitement, and joy. Any gospel that seeks to answer the question, “What’s in it for me?” has it all backwards. The question is, “What’s in it for God?”

– Made in America: The Shaping of Modern American Evangelism, 1991

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