All significant truths are private truths. As they become public, they cease to be truth; they become facts, or at best, part of the public character; or at worst catchwords.
Here's a question though, what could "the church", i.e. most of the readers of the blog, do to EVER be acceptable to wider society?In fact, should we even try to be respectable, well liked, trendy or popular?
That's a good question and I'm not sure we should. But people with good news usually want to spread it around, and I don't think we are, or at least not very effectively.
"Warm...sincere...compassionate....holy". How nice to hear a video listing all of my qualities.
It's tricky to know what to think about that.I saw a survey a few years ago comparing people's reactions to Jesus saying 'I am the way the truth and the life', and 'no-one comes to the father except through me'. Almost everyone liked the first one, but very few (non christians) liked the second.I suppose we can be encouraged that it's Jesus who should be our focus, not what people think about us.
The blog post above sort of looks at the issues a bit more.