This has been an excellent week in terms of coming across articles that are insightful, thought-provoking, and well, just well done. Over at ViralChrist, Dr. David Ryser has written an excellent article regarding lovers of God vs prostitutes of God. The article is a great example of what happens when someone is confronted with a question and they don’t hide from it. Before you click the link below, here is something to whet your appetite from article itself, emphasis is left as it was in the article:
“I came across a quote attributed most often to Rev. Sam Pascoe. It is a short version of the history of Christianity, and it goes like this: Christianity started in Palestine as a fellowship; it moved to Greece and became a philosophy; it moved to Italy and became an institution; it moved to Europe and became a culture; it came to America and became an enterprise.
Some of the students were only 18 or 19 years old–barely out of diapers–and I wanted them to understand and appreciate the import of the last line, so I clarified it by adding, “An enterprise. That’s a business.” After a few moments Martha, the youngest student in the class, raised her hand. I could not imagine what her question might be. I thought the little vignette was self-explanatory, and that I had performed it brilliantly. Nevertheless, I acknowledged Martha’s raised hand, “Yes, Martha.” She asked such a simple question, “A business? But isn’t it supposed to be a body?” I could not envision where this line of questioning was going, and the only response I could think of was, “Yes.” She continued, “But when a body becomes a business, isn’t that a prostitute?”
Well done, Dr. Ryser, well done.