…by far than mine on the prior subject of Christianity Lite: Michael Spencer, who posts his theses on the door at The Internet Monk. This particular post, which, honest, I read only after getting thoroughly annoyed at Lakewood and posting below on The Incredible Lightness of the Unchurch.
Here’s what Mr. Spencer has to say about God’s love, and the fact that the Lite churches seem to gloss over His suffering:
What about loving? Doesn’t love “speak no evil?” Doesn’t love only speak words of positive encouragement? This is the theology of Joel Osteen and his apparent spiritual hero, Robert Schuller, and it is, in the end, cruel and unloving. The scriptures place love at the center of the Christian worldview, and that love works out alongside God’s holiness, justice, truthfulness, mercy, compassion and righteousness. Isolating love from these other qualities of God is idolatry and an abandonment of the Biblical God. We have had enough of the Hallmark Card Trinity. Let’s live and speak as if we belong to the God who crucified his Son to balance love and righteousness in the universe.