Are you an American Christian that is addicted to studies and devotionals?
“Serious” Christians probably attend 1 to 2 1/2 studies a week. In addition, you probably have multiple devotionals coming through to your email as well as all of your Twitter scripture feeds and social media religious memes. Not to mention blogs such as this.
In the middle ages, there were no books, few people could read, and even if you could read most of the materials available would be in a different language. Yet, despite this lack of information and access to study materials, the Christian faith continued to expand and in some pockets of the world, flourish. Mission efforts included whole regions being won for Christ. Monasteries were overflowing with men and women hungry for God.
For devoted people of the Middle Ages, and the Early Church, for that matter, things of faith weren’t lab experiments that needed to be dissected, put up to the light, or analyzed from every angle. The things of faith were aspects that needed to be lived out, contemplated, and shared. Scriptures were prayers, models for living, and a way of life, not theories that needed to be discussed and arguments that needed to be won.
Was there corruption in the church, misinformation, abuses of religious power, and personal hypocrisies. Of course, but for those who were truly devoted to Christ, their faith started with the person of Jesus Christ not the study of the person of Jesus Christ and his word.
Perhaps we need to simplify our study and devotion time so we can get back to the purity of following Christ.
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