Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Christ-haunted South

QUOTE from Bob St. John, pastor of Anniston Bible Church:

“The southern writer Flannery O'Connor said, ‘By and large, people in the South still conceive of humanity in theological terms. While the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted.’

"It is a haunting that this pastor feels every day as I talk with people about the Lord Jesus Christ. It was slow to dawn on me, but now in the full light of day, after half a lifetime of ministry in Virginia, South Carolina and Alabama, I have realized that though the Lord has the same name in our churches, He is not necessarily the same person. It is the ‘cultural Christ’ that has replaced the real Christ in our communities.

People may talk of ‘going to church,’ ‘baptisms,’ ‘fillings,’ ‘preaching,’ ‘revivals’ and ‘asking Jesus into their heart,’ but it is more often than not a sham, a fake, a plastic substitute for the real thing.”—Bob St. John, pastor of Anniston Bible Church