When People are Big and God is Small by Ed Welch
God was still part of this culture. In fact, most people, both then and now, would say that God exists and that the soul is immortal. That sounds pretty good—a little basic, perhaps, with no explicit statements about Jesus, but it seems essentially Christian. But jump to the present for a moment. How do you react to news poll indicating that the vast majority of Americans believe in God, an afterlife, and even the existence of angles? Are you encouraged to think that American is a Christian country? Or are you somewhat suspicious, left wanting to ask a few more questions? You can probably guess my reaction.
We live in a times when there is a resurgence of God-talk and spiritual language, but conversations rarely get to the thing of “First Importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter and then the Twelve” (1 Cor. 15:3-5).
The last two centuries have introduced God language that sounds fine but is divorced from biblical content. For example, the French philosopher Rousseau talked about God, but he found his god in nature. His god was all peace and goodness, and he moved to a feeling of worship. Rousseau shifted the focus from objective revelation (the Bible) to the subjective experience (feelings), from other people to the inner life and from loving God and neighbor to loving self.