Members of churches in the West are caught absolutely flat-footed by suffering and difficulty. This is a major problem, especially if we are facing greater 'liminality'—social marginalization—and maybe more economic and social instability. There are a great number of books on 'why does God allow evil?' but they mainly are aimed at getting God off the hook with impatient Western people who believe God's job is to give them a safe life. The church in the West must mount a great new project—of producing a people who are prepared to endure in the face of suffering and persecution.Read his article How Do We Handle the Big Issues Facing the Church? at the Resurgence blog. Tim Keller is the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City. I love listening to his messages...intelligent, thoughtful, biblical, and applicable.
April 5, 2010
The Church Needs Better Answers to Suffering
This quote from Tim Keller is a reminder that the Western Church needs something more in our explanations of suffering...