As someone who firmly believes (though I admit, I don’t always fully live out) the message of Jesus and as someone who has had their heart stolen by Jesus Christ and the bride of Christ, the church, there comes a point when one must speak out on issues that demand a voice- even if it is one voice calling out from the middle of desert.
Who is this voice?
A.W. Tozer wrote: “Another kind of religious leader must arise among us. He must be of the old prophet type, a man who has seen the vision of God and has heard a voice from the Throne…He will contradict, denounce and protest in the name of God and will earn the hatred and opposition of a large segment of Christendom.” This man (or woman) doesn’t contradict, denounce and protest just to write blogs, sell books or cause controversy just to cause controversy but because they have seen a vision from God, heard a voice from God and decided that he or she must follow that vision even through the hatred and opposition of established Christendom.
To some I may come across critical, cynical or even vengeful but I feel if you get to the bottom line, my perspectives are meant to pull the church and pull the Christian faith (in whatever small way) back from the cliff of irrelevance, stubbornness and spiritual disconnect that permeates our polished, black and white (in the philosophical, not racial, way- although one could argue the point racially as well), consumer driven Christianity. I believe the church is in need of another reformation and I hope to add my voice (again, however small) to the modern prophets who are seeking and prodding toward this new reformation. This reformation is vital because (as I have said elsewhere) the church stands at a point of great opportunity to see God do some amazing things- if it’ll take its blinders off, look around, attempt some new things, ask new questions and seek new answers.
That is why I write what I write. That’s why I ask the questions I ask. That’s why I try to look at issues from a new and different perspective. I do not claim to know everything and I know (and even hope) that some of my conclusions will be proven wrong. However, I still want to be true to my conscience, my convictions and my conclusions that I have formed through thought, research and spiritual leading.
I believe in Christ and I believe (for whatever reason) Christ has chosen to work in the world through a group of people called the “church” and I believe the church needs realignment, a re-formation- a reformation- and that is why I write.
Thanks for joining me.
© Ryan Vanderland 2013