Preparation for Worship on 7.22.2018
“Salvation is the answer to catastrophe….
The catastrophe was caused, Christians believe,
by a primeval act of rebellious disobedience
that attempted to circumvent or displace God.
But that is not the popular belief. The popular belief
is that however bad things seem from time to time,
there is no catastrophe. To face the fact of catastrophe
would involve, at some point or other, dealing with God.
Anything seems preferable to that.
So the devil doctors the report, the world edits the evidence. People reduce their perceptions of catastrophe to a level that is manageable without getting God into the picture in any substantial way. And so the same act that caused the catastrophe, perpetuates it.”
—Eugene Peterson, Reversed Thunder