Yesterday was Sunday, and Sunday is a busy day around the globe, some people earn much of their paychecks on that single day of the week. I'm struck by something though, a question:
Why do we prefer to listen to a man of God over listening directly to God? We do we always want to have a mediator?
In Exodus (20:19), Moses had been up on the mountain, hanging out with God, and the people of Israel had a request (demand) to make of him. They said, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen, but let not God speak to us or we will die."
Why is it that every Sunday, millions of pulpits are filled with one person speaking to hundreds? What is it about personal testimonies that we enjoy, but about God's voice that we do not seek it out? How many people have stacks of tapes of sermons and books, but have never sought to hear straight from God?
Here's what I think: We can reject the voice of a man if we want. I can say, that was a nice talk, but I don't think it applied to me. Or I can ignore it altogether. Or I can think about it, church is a place for intellectuals right? We cannot say no to the voice of God. And we may fear what will come out of that voice, so in all honesty, we'd rather not hear it.
Maybe post-modernism was born out of the church... "that is simply your idea, your truth, fine for you."