The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. -Psalm 46:6

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Thomas Merton and C.S. Lewis offer powerful warnings for our age.

Merton surmises that “[t]he biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.”

Lewis, in The Weight of Glory, opines in similar fashion:

Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea. We are far too easily pleased.

I have spent my entire life within the Evangelical community.  I’ve watched trends come and go in the church.  I’ve also discerned lingering practices and habits of mind adopted by the church in the distant past that have led us to “settle for too little.”  I now observe the church, as it confronts rapidly evolving technologies, swinging between the poles of eager embrace and fearful rejection of the latest communications tools.  I believe a healthy approach lies somewhere in between these extremes, but I do not think that it is  merely a compromise between them.  (I say this not as any sort of Luddite, but as one who employs and enjoys the latest technologies, though not without reflection upon their limitations.)

The problem, as Lewis suggests, is a failure of imagination.  We settle for less because we fail to apprehend “what else”.  Or, perhaps, we fear “what else”.  We order off the dingy (or, quite possibly, sparkly) menu the World thrusts into our hands, forgetting the banquet that has been prepared for us.  It is my hope that the thoughts spilled in this space might spur a deeper, more imaginative, conversation about the Church and the ways in which the Church uses media of all types to pursue its mission.

Matt

Orlando, Florida

May 2009