Crock Pot Christianity

We live in the generation of Right Now.

We want everything quickly — Instant credit, fast food, instant news. We’ve been raised on 30 second commercials and 140-character status updates.

We simply don’t have attention for anything that takes a long time. Watch how people fidget in the grocery store line, at the Post Office, or at a red light.
We are an impatient people.
But discipleship is a long endeavor, not a quick fix. Character growth with God is like an oak tree that takes years to mature.
Eugene Peterson in his book, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, speaks to this:
Cover of "A Long Obedience in the Same Di...Everyone is in a hurry. Everyone wants shortcuts. They want help to fill out the form that will get them instant credit (in eternity). They are impatient for results. They have adopted the lifestyle of a tourist and only want the high points. There is a great market for religious experience in our world; there is little enthusiasm for the patient acquisition of virtue, little inclination to sign up for a long apprenticeship in what earlier generations of Christians called holiness. Growth, or discipleship, is more like cooking with a crock pot, instead of a microwave. It can be slow, long, and difficult, but is always the best way.”
Is your faith on simmer, or on boil? Comment here. 
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3 Responses to Crock Pot Christianity

  1. Melissa says:

    This posting is so true and telling of today's age. I was just at the post office today at the automated teller and the person in line behind me kept huffing and puffing audible enough for me to hear. Obviously, the line was not moving fast enough for her liking. This posting captures this theme, we definatly need to take time and analyze our faith each day.

  2. Brad says:

    This is so true, David. Loved the quote and enjoyed use of such a good, contemporary metaphor for our short attention spans – i.e. our lack of faith on account of wanting what we want in our own timing. May we all wait patiently for eternal joy with Jesus.Brad

  3. Graceful says:

    I think I need to read that book. My faith simmers…sometimes it seems like it completely cools off — and I always want it to be rapid boil — unrealistic expectations perhaps?!

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