I found this post on Randy Bohlender's site:
stuff i think: Decaf Jesus, no thank you.: "There is, within the present culture, a very real effort to decaffinate Jesus...to give people the ambiance of an encounter with God without actually having to encounter Him... to appeal for their desire for God, to assuage their inner cry for a walk with the Holy, without succumbing to the affect it would certainly have on their heart. Jesus in a brown thrift store mug, more as a hand warmer than an actual drink. A prop to carry around, but never to partake of."
It is a good post, but it feels like he stoped too soon in the development. Nothing against Randy; it is just that as I read the post it felt like it should go. I could sense that he was saying something very valuable.
How often we settle for something that is a cheap imitation of the real thing, or we settle for something that at one time, 20 years ago, was the real thing.
I want the real thing.